Colourful Contemporary Art

I am a professional artist and art teacher.
I paint the tenacious bits of wild that defy human activity in a manner inspired by
my fascination with fossils and designed to make the viewer look deeper.
Studio visits by luck or by appointment are welcome.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Pugs



The St Thomas Show was well attended this past weekend, in spite of bad weather and the competition from the Santa Clause parade. When we booked the train station we didn't know that the date was parade weekend. In a effort to make it work for us (rather than against us) we put a float in the parade, which won the best in... trophy. Congratulations to the float makers, and to everyone who worked so hard to make the show a success. However next year we are going to be more careful of date conflicts.

'In praise of weeds' was in the running for a peers choice award, I was told it was a very close race, maybe next year!

On the easel at the moment is a commission of two pugs, I've promised it for Christmas, and provided all goes well I should be O.K. Yesterday and today I got the under painting done, and I've started glazing in colours.

If you've been following my blog you'll know that glazing means layering very thin transparent colours to give a depth to the painting. Funnily enough this month Kim has been working glazing into his 'lessons'.

I taught myself glazing years ago, kind of as a trial and error thing, and later learned it is an old masters tried and true process. The invention of oil paint is what allowed this technique to evolve, and it is very effective. I'm using acrylic paint but the technique is basically the same.

I've not cropped this photo, so this is also a glimpse of my studio. I know it looks a bit messy, but I've got a lot crammed into a small space, so it is actually very organized. I hate it if I'm 'in the zone' and can't lay my hand on something.

Tomorrow when I get home from work I'll start on the detail layers of the pug painting, for now though I've got to let it dry. TTFN

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