Sunday, 9 August 2009


Here is my first attempt at a strawberry. The whole background took about half an hour and the strawberry took me about 2 hours! I'm more pleased with the painterly background than the strawberry... I found it hard to capture the texture and detail that makes a strawberry a strawberry. But it's ok for a first go... Now I get to eat it!

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Quick paintings

My dad came up last weekend and we played handymen (or handypersons for the politcally correct). Technically speaking I was the handyman's assistant... eg, dad: 'spanner', me: 'spanner' etc... As well as other very clever things, he sawed some MDF board into 6x6" pieces for me so I could start doing quick small paintings. Here are my first attempts, in order of execution...

I love the 6x6" format and size which is what many of the 'daily painters' use. (see I can finish one in a couple of hours which is great for keeping up the interest level as I get a bit bored when I do a painting that takes more than a few days. I'm really trying to keep my brush strokes loose. Need lots more practice!
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