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.
I do carry a sketchbook around, a tiny pocket sized one(A7 12 by 7 cms) so the drawings below are quite enlarged. I try to draw regularly. Most of my drawings are of people and at the moment usually of people in the market here in Debrecen . The drawings are usually very quick although I try to draw the stallholders mostly as they stay in one place longer than the shoppers.
Painting this and another of similar views of the Vargyas gorge in Transylvania. A wonderful untouched ,wild place. I will post more soon.
I am not sure if the last post worked so I will try again.
Here are a few paintings in various stages of development. Typically I like to have at least 4or 5 pictures underway. Painting in oil has the great advantage that the paint stays wet and workable for a couple of days but this sometimes means that I have to put a painting aside as I need it to dry before the next stage.