The Lady in Blue

 

lady portrait web

For the last couple of weeks I have been painting a portrait of this women in blue.  I thought that it might be a fun thing to show how the process works.  It’s often fun to take photos along the way so you can see the all the mistakes you have made and the progression – hopefully!

It’s important to put a wash on your canvas/board first to knock the white away as it can be distracting.  Then take your time to draw your portrait in a dark colour making sure you double check your proportions.  Then find the shadow shapes and draw them and fill them in thinly.  To get the likeness of someone concentrate on the 5 essential darks which are under the eyebrows, eyes, under the nose, top lip and under the bottom lip. Now add skin tone.  Start painting in the colour that features the most which would be the middle tone.  At this point avoid the shadow shapes as you have already blocked those in.  As you go along its alway good to tweak the lines and shapes making sure that all the way along the process you are getting proportions right.  Start to add in the highlights and make sure you leave all the details to the last sitting.

Good Luck!

Singing for Sharks

Kea busking web

Let me introduce you to another member of my household.  This is my son, and this week for my blog I wanted show just how proud I am of this great little character.  He is seven years old and for the last two weekends he decided to busk in the park with his ukulele to raise money to stop the horrendously cruel killing of sharks for shark fin soup.  He is utterly passionate about sharks and knows anything and everything about them.  He sang and played 7 songs (which he repeated a few times!) and managed to raise £300. His dedication and thought for others and the planet’s welfare is astonishingly humbling.  The world needs people like him.

Mr T

Mr T

Mr T curled up and asleep in his favourite spot – oil on canvas

I thought it might be a good idea to introduce you to one of my cats this week.  Mr T is a big part of this family and hasn’t really been himself.  He went to get some teeth out not long after a nasty cut down his tongue.  Life feels good and normal when he is sitting on the sofa in his place, biting my bottom to wake me up in the morning, but this week he hasn’t been there which was worrying. After an operation earlier this week he has been very wobbly and has been hallucinating.  Goodness knows what he has been seeing but there have definitely been times when I thought he was laughing his head off!

I’m pleased to say though that things are now back to normal and he is now back again sitting in his favourite spot and he bit my bottom to get me up this morning. Phew!

Welcome

Hello and welcome.  I am going to try and add two different paintings or images a week.  My aim is to try and paint every day and show the progress of my work.  All the paintings on this blog are for sale.  Please click on the title or image below to get directed to my shop.

2 -Flowers with Jug webSpring Flowers in cream jug – oil on canvas board 11″x14″

The weather has changed recently and I’m feeling all summery and spring like.  The flowers caught my eye as they were very beautifully pale simple colours that were soft and elegantly placed in this rather lovely old kitsch cream jug. I loved the dramatic feel against this dark grey background.  It’s time to get flowers in the house!