This painting diary is from my recent trip to Arolla. I'm stayed in a fantastic hotel surrounded by pine forest and snowy mountains. The start of the week consisted of skiing and walking about the region to discover the views and see what inspires me the most. It's winter and very cold right now so ski touring equipment is the obvious choice here. I take a pencil and sketch book along with some small boards which I can paint postcard sized works on to test ideas and compositions. The Hotel interior Right from the first day I was inspired to also paint the lobby at the hotel. It looks over a balcony, through a beautiful forest made up of...Read More
For many a portrait artist, the main inspiration is light. The beauty of a great painting is often found in the artist’s study of chiaroscuro. Take portrait artist Rembrandt for example, Vermeer & Monet, too. They all depicted light in their own way but what remains constant is that the lighting within their paintings is often the first most striking element pulling us in to look further.
For Centuries artist have been fascinated in painting people, the face, the self portrait and figures. Life is constant inspiration and portrait painting is something I do firstly for myself. I try to paint exactly what I want, whatever inspires me at the time.
A Welsh Prince built Powis Castle in the thirteenth century. Following the end of the Welsh Wars (1282) and for his loyalty to Edward I, the King permitted Gruffydd ap Gwenwynwyn to begin building Powis Castle circa 1283.
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.
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.
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.
If you’re an Art Lover, Creator or Collector this is for you.
Daniel’s monthly Editorial aims to inspire. With new artists to watch and news from around the art community. Videos, blog posts and tutorials along with exhibition dates. All inside.