Thursday, July 21, 2011

Swan Painting -- Wildlife Art

This painting was finished last week and is inspired by my interest in wildlife art. I have always concentrated on wildlife as a subject for much of my early work. I always admired the work of famous artists like Robert Bateman and David Shepherd. So in painting this I have tried my best to learn as much as I could and achieve the level of quality that they always managed in their art. I could have devoted much more time to the water ripples and perhaps it would be worth it, but I called a halt at the above degree as I could have created an overworked feel to it all. Now I draw inspiration for my paintings from many areas, and I would like to paint more scenes involving people in the future. As always comments on my latest work are more than welcome, Jim

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Painting people -- People in a Landscape -- Finished Painting

Having just finished the largest painting in years that I have worked on, I am feeling fairly satisfied at what I consider a decent effort. It is not only a large painting for me, 30" x 20" but also a detailed one, so it took quite a while, also because I have other paintings on the go along side it. It is also a step forward in the use of colour / tones on people, as getting the summer glow of skin-tones was a good learning process for me in this painting. I am posting it here for you to enjoy although I have yet to sign it. I will do that during the week, and can then upload the final version. However, this is it as it will be except that this is unsigned for now. I didn't post at all in June, and that was because I was concentrating on one or two other pet projects, so back to more consistent painting and posting the next month or so, if summer doesn't get in the way. Meanwhile I have to think of a good name for this painting. That's it for now, and let me know feedback and comments on this work, -- I really want to know what people think of it, Jim