Never sure if it’s a good idea to go back to a painting . This one is a year old and I gave into temptation to change it a bit.
Perhaps its time to stop with this one .The age old problem of whether a painting is complete or not doesn’t go away. Every picture reaches this stage and it doesn’t get any easier to decide. Keep it fresh or risk killing it with overworking it. There is always room for improvement or something that you find annoying but sometimes it’s better to leave well alone. Who knows ?
I realized that my last post was a terrible photo taken in artificial light so here’s a daylight version
Managed to get started with this little oil sketch of one of my favorite places in Transylvania. From a photo but fingers crossed I will be painting ‘en plein air ‘ in the summer.
I do find it difficult to deal with so many pictures, what to do with them all ? I was pleased with my recent sale in that it meant not only someone liked it enough to buy it but equally that I had one less picture to find space for.
I have a 100m long scenic backing of a flooded forest to paint by the New Year. Here are a couple
of preparatory sketches to try to work out a process.
Always nice to sell a painting.This one went today.
Not posted much recently, but there are plenty of paintings ‘on the go’
I don't tend to use the more common WIP abbreviation as 'work in progress' is not always a good description, as 'progress' is not always made .
Seem to have been working on this but it doesn't seem to have changed much,if at all ,since the last post. A bit like one of those 'spot the difference'competitions. Colour is a bit closer to the real colour though as I took the photo in better light.
My transylvanian river painting is going through a number of changes. This sometimes happens but not usually as much as this. I think the different lighting effects have been difficult to resolve.
I also post another River Axe painting which is almost complete I think.
I'm working on a few at the moment and here are two of them. Incomplete at the moment but getting there....... I think !
A few more tiny drawings (2/3 cms)
A little more development on the Transylvania river painting and a small very quick sketch in preparation for a bigger canvas of the River Axe in Devon,UK
Working on this ,similar view of the same river but in mid summer. Tricky light on the water , mixing reflections , dappled sunlight and cast shadows. Challenging but engrossing.
A bit more black ! Night is falling. This place is in Transylvania and the nights are spectacularly dark as there is little ambient light. There is a deep silence there too.
I have been drawing in charcoal quite a lot lately. Sketching out roughs for paintings mainly but this one has developed more as a drawing. I have called it 'The river never sleeps' and I have tried to get across the feeling of night and the never ending flow of the river. The drawing is not finished yet but I thought I would post it anyway.