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A hidden painting

A painting often reveals more than is given away at first glance.  We can perhaps learn more about an artist by looking at their process, than if we were to see a finished piece.

 

The Painting Process; We started out by grabbing a large canvas I had lying in the studio and seeing where it would take us.  In the photo below you can see Emily’s portrait up on the wall.  The original idea was to have her relaxing at work (as she is a student & keen car mechanic) with the dog.

Painting Hay bales at the food of Snowdon, Snowdonia National Park

Painting the Welsh coast | Part 1

Behind the scenes, painting along the Welsh coast for my upcoming solo exhibition.
Ever since painting Barmouth Bridge a year or so ago I have been inspired to paint a collection of works along the Welsh coast.  Working my way from North to South, following the coastline heading inland, here and there as and as I fancy.  (This was the rough idea at least)

Still life commissions

It’s been a great summer for still life painting.  I’ve had the pleasure of discovering some lush, colourful gardens with an abundance of inspiration to paint my still life commissions. This year has also seen seen an increase in the number of demands for personal, still life commissions.  So with that in mind I thought I would continue with the theme from the last blog.  This week I take you through the simple process of commissioning your own still life painting.

Cabane des Violettes, Crans Montana, Switzerland. Sunrise. oil painting

Commissioning a landscape painting

Commissioning a landscape painting is unknown territory for many people. So I’m writing this blog to take you ‘behind the scenes’ and show the whole process of commissioning your own landscape painting from start to finish. What the process involves and which choices you might make as the commissioner.  This particular painting is being painted in the Swiss Alps.

Painting the Swiss Alps

 

The Swiss alps have enticed many landscape artists before me inspiring works, which in some cases have spanned throughout a painters whole life time.  Switzerland and it’s stunning landscapes has produced many good landscape painters including Segantini and Ferdinand Holder.  So now it’s my turn to follow in their snowy footsteps while I prepare for my next solo exhibition in Nyon next to Lake Geneva.

Detail showing close up of a you girls face. Oils on Canvas

child portraits

This blog shows the painting process behind a Child portrait painted entirely from life. From day 1 to the finished painting. My experience from painting Mathilda at 10yrs old was surprising in many ways.  I not only thoroughly enjoyed it, but learned a great deal.

Winter painting in Wales

Winter Painting is right up my street, the outdoors and snow sports combined, so if there is an opportunity to go for a hike or a ski with my painting equipment in my backpack I’m there. These particular winter painting days came as a bonus though, with no travel needed it snowed right here on my doorstep!