Saturday, 25 June 2022

Blond Fringe

 Greetings

Here is a new drawing from my sketch book.


Until next time

Adieu

Wednesday, 22 June 2022

Sanctuary Rework 9

 Greetings

More has now been done to the picture.

Here's how it looked after the last session.


and here's how it looks now.



I have added more brighter green to the foreground and midground of the water.

I have added dark green shadowing to the trees and lawns on the island and to the fields of the left and right landscape.

Finally, I have done more work to the hair of the three angels and some small corrections on the face of the blond angel.

Until next time

Adieu

Sunday, 19 June 2022

Comic Cover

 Greetings

This is the cover for the second issue of my adult comic

This was the first appearance of Raven.

For those who are interested, the whole comic can be viewed on my Garden of Dubious Delights Website.

Until next time

Adieu

Wednesday, 15 June 2022

Sanctuary rework 8

 Greetings

I have done some more work to the painting.

This is what it looked like before the session.


This is what it looked like afterwards.


i have done more work to tidy up the lettering, as well as doing more to the blond angel's hair and adding more warm green to the foreground of the water.

Until next time

Adieu

Saturday, 11 June 2022

Tyriel

 Greetings

Here is a drawing of one of the charcters from the third issue of my adult comic, Elfsex.


Until next time

Adieu

Wednesday, 8 June 2022

Sanctuary Rework 7

 Greetings

I have done more work to this painting.

Before I started this session it looked like this.


I have done more work to the figures and have added Latin phrases to the scrolls.


Once it has had some time to dry, I will do more work to tidy the lettering.

I soon decided to make the lettering light and dark grey, rather than black, as it worked better with the general balance of the composition.

The Latin is appropriate to the subject and I have deliberately let parts of the phrases be obscured by the turns and junction points of the scrolls. This is symbolic of mankind's inability to recognise the obvious...

The painting now looks like this.


Until next time

Adieu

Sunday, 5 June 2022

Bad Boy

 Greetings

Here is one of my more saucy drawings from my sketchbook.

He's been a very bad boy...

until next time


Adieu


Wednesday, 1 June 2022

Sanctuary rework 6

 Greetings

Here is how the painting looked before this session



I have done more work to the island, the foreground of the righthand landscape and to the foreground of the floodwater.

I have enhanced the detail with Raw Sienna, Paynes Grey and Lemon Yellow.

Here is a close-up of the main area of work.


The painting now looks like this.


Until next time

Adieu

Sunday, 29 May 2022

Tigerboy reclines

 Greetings

Here is an ink drawing from my sketch book.


Until next time

Adieu


Wednesday, 25 May 2022

Sanctuary rework 5

 Greetings

Here how the painting looked before I started this session.


Here are close-ups of some of the areas I have been working on.

I have been working on the hair and flesh tones of the angels

The blond angel



The dark-haired angel



The redhead angel


I have done more work to the sky. In particular, I have simplified the cloud directly behind the blond angel, as the previous over-detail was distracting the eye



and a bit more to the righthand landscape detail.



This is how the picture looks after this session.


Until next time 

Adieu


Saturday, 21 May 2022

long curly blond hair

 Greetings

Here is a new drawing of a young man with long, wavy blond hair from my sketch book


Until next time

Adieu

Wednesday, 18 May 2022

Sancturay rework 4

 Greetings

Here is the latest progress on the  reworking of this painting.

Before I started this session the picture looked like this.


I have done more work to the clouds behind the blond angel , added more detail to the right landscape and to the island and started work on the hair of the black-haired angel.

After this session it looks like this


The work continues

Until next time


Adieu

Saturday, 14 May 2022

Dignity

 Greetings

I only occasionally blog about my cats, but this picture had to be shared.


Bertie demonstrates that dignity happens to other cats...

Until next time

 Adieu


Tuesday, 10 May 2022

Sanctuary rework 3

 Greetings

I am still reworking my painting Sanctuary ( first painted 'finished' in 2009)

This it how it looked before the session.


I did some more work to the flesh tones  and hair with Burnt Umber, added more shadowing to the scrolls using Lamp Black and added some white glaze to the buildings, lawns and trees on the island.

The painting now looks like this.


Until next time

Adieu

Saturday, 7 May 2022

Gaze

 Greetings

Here is a drawing from my sketch book


Until next time

Adieu

Wednesday, 4 May 2022

Sanctuary rework 2

 Greetings

I have done more work to the painting.

After the first day it looking like this.



I the added some flesh tones, including glazes of Burnt Sienna and worked on the shadowing of the floating scrolls with Paynes Grey.

I also did some work blending in the new clouds behind the blond angel. Thus will need more work, as the yellow is still showing through.

At the end of the second session the painting looks like this.


Until next time


Adieu


Sunday, 1 May 2022

Young Justice

 Greetings

Here is a drawing from my sketch books


Until next time

Adieu

Wednesday, 27 April 2022

Sanctuary rework 1

 Greetings

I mentioned earlier that I was reworking a painting I did in 2009.

This is how I left it then.


There were a few things that i had started to notice and I decided to forego  varnishing it and try to improve the painting.

The main thing I wanted to change was the hair on the blond angel. It now looked like there was too much of it.

I started by using white body and glazes to correct the hair  equalize the colours on the figures and give a ground to work up from.

I also dedided to reduce the hair on the black-haired angel.

I also added a white glaze to the water and the distant landscape and reworked the blue areas of the sky.

This is what it looks like after the first session.


I am continuing to work on it and am taking photos after each session. 

I will post more on the painting's progress.

Until next time

Adieu


Sunday, 24 April 2022

Composition

 Greetings.

It has recently occurred to me that, whilst I have posted about a great number of my paintings, I do not think that I have previously posted anything about composition.

Obviously subject, objects and colour are all essential elements of any painting, but none work well without good composition.

This is geometric and roughly mathematical.

I will use my painting Metamorphosis as an example


Here is the painting with the composition superimposed.




The tower on the hill is set at The Golden Section, which roughly( in this case very roughly) divides the horizontal space one third to two thirds ( this is a classical element of composition that has been used since the Renaissance) ;

The foliage of the trees is formed by two intersecting circles;

 The trees on the hill, the tower on the hill and the tor on the horizon from a triangle;

The trees on the hill the moon and the arc of butterflies form an extended ellipse


I use circles and arcs a lot in my paintings as they are excellent ways of leading the eye of the viewer and I like to encourage the viewer to explore different paths within a painting.

In this case , one path leads from the transformation of the flower to the butterfly, via the arc of butterflies , to the moon; the other from the trees to the tower to the tor on the horizon.

...and now I look at it again, there is a second triangle formed by the trees and the moon...which was unplanned and just happened that way...

I may use other paintings to talk more about composition later.

Until next time


Adieu


Wednesday, 20 April 2022

Varnishing

 Greetings

It takes quite a long time to paint a picture in oils. When it is finished the painting need to be varnished, but one cannot do this immediately. The painting need to be at least six months old before varnish can be applied.

This means that the painting has to be put aside somewhere it won't be damaged.

I have tended to hang my finished works and, as some of them are hung on the staircase wall, some of them are not easy to get down again. I am also prone to deciding to rework previously finished paintings ( in so far as a painting is ever finished...)

Consequently, there were eight painting of various sizes dating back to 2011 that had yet to be varnished and I decided it was time to do something about this. I thought that there were nine, but one, on closer inspection had already been varnished.

I have now varnished seven of these and have started reworking the last one- Typically, it is the one that is the most difficult to get back on the wall and will require a ladder to be set on the stairs and lent on the box room wall....

Anyway , varnishing equalises the sheen on the surface of the painting, protects the surface and adds luster to the colours.

Here is a new image of an old painting after it has been varnished.

This one is only A5 size.


Until next time

Adieu

Sunday, 17 April 2022

Restoring wall plaque

 Greetings

Early in my father's life, he collected several wall plaques relating to things he had done.

As some of these were heraldic, he passed them on to me.

They included two mementos from his time in the army: plaques for  the  Royal Artillery and Sandhurst.

Most of the plaques were in excellent condition, but the varnish on the  Sandhurst one had somehow become extremely dark and discoloured and the Sandhurst badge was obscured.

Recently, I decided to try to thin, or clean off the varnish.

Unfortunately, I didn't take a photo before I started, so am having to rely on a blow-up from the background of another picture to provided a very vague idea of  what it used to look like,


Once I started gently using varnish remover on it , however, some of the paint also came off.

I rebuilt the surface with gesso  and spent some time carefully repainting it.

I think it has come out quite well.


Here is a close up.


Until next time


Adieu

Wednesday, 13 April 2022

Candidate

 Greetings

I and my husband are current languishing in self isolation due to a recent positive covid test.

The symptoms are currently heavy/ gunky  cold  verging on mild 'flu.

Consequently, I am not getting as much art done as usual...

But here's a piece I made earlier...

I found an Elfquest Cartoon idea in one of my old sketchbooks and decided to do a new version

I have used photoshop to add posing pouches to make it suitable for this blog.




I will add the unaltered version to the Garden of Dubious Delights website at some point...

Until next time

Adieu

Sunday, 10 April 2022

Medic 4

Greetings

Here is the last version of the new computer art


 Until next time

Adieu

Wednesday, 6 April 2022

Dark-eyed boy

 Greetings

Here is another drawing from my sketch book.

As it is a male nude, I have adjusted it for this blog.


Until next time


Adieu


Saturday, 2 April 2022

Medic 3

 Greetings

Here is the third version of my new computer art.


Until next time

Adieu

Wednesday, 30 March 2022

Wine Thief

 Greetings

Here is a new picture from my sketch book.


Until next time

Adieu

Sunday, 27 March 2022

Medic 2

 Greetings

Another late post this week. Yesterday I was helping out with armour repairs and leatherwork at a Paladins making-day.

Here is a second version of my new computer art.


until next time

Adieu

Wednesday, 23 March 2022

The Bishop

 Greetings

Here is a picture one of my fellow Paladins took for me.

I think it was at Hever Castle in 2019.

The bishop, ready for Mass.


Until next time

Adieu

Sunday, 20 March 2022

Medic 1

 Greetings

A late posting this week, as I was out at the Re-enactors Fayres spending too much money yesterday...

Here is a new piece of computer art.


For Trek fans in the know, you could say he's preforming a reverse Picard.

I will post other versions later.

Until next time


Adieu