26-07-17

Studio visit

Another quick peek into the studio.
I love what I do, no matter if it's large paintings, sculptures, lino prints or miniature portraits, they all make my heart sing!


New kitty cat

Working on a new commission today! A 4x4 inch cartoony cat portrait in acryllics on canvas! 




Timmy finished

There were other projects on my list today but I wanted to do a few things to Timmy's portrait and got so carried away that I finished it!
I'm really happy with this little painting, apart from the resemblance I think I got the hang of painting in the true impressionistic sense; with light and color. Before I would never have dared to use blue, purple and red in white fur but it brings it much more to life. I also like the suggestion of grass, dabs of color in quick and direct moves.
Still need to varnish him and find a simple wooden frame.


Second phase

Current state of Timmy's portrait. Haven't done really much to it since the last update; worked on the grass and water a little and started shading his fur. Needs lots doing to it still but he's slowly starting to appear.

All ducks...

Sold my last 'All ducks are equal' lino today so needed to print a new edition. It's been a while so in a way it's like meeting an old friend.
Got a commission for a new 4x4 inch miniature too, a stylized little portrait of a furry friend so my Timmy portrait will have to wait a while.


Second try

Some of you may remember that I started this portrait of Timmy before, same time last year to be exact, but on a much larger scale and oblong sized canvas. It didn't work out, the photo looked wonderful but in paint it didn't come out right. Part was the composition but also the detail in his fur caused me grief. Still it's a sweet image of our white/ginger boy so I'll give it another try on a small 20x20cm canvas. I want to keep the same direct and impressionistic approach like in the past few paintings so it's a challenge to not overwork it. Stay tuned!

Ruby

Finished my (first) horse painting today and I love her!
She's more impressionistic than Merel's portrait which is understandable as I wanted to create a much more lifelike resemblance in Merel's portrait and painted very carefully and controlled.
The style of painting of this beauty is spontaneous and direct which suits the setting of the horse with her manes in a breeze perfectly.
Planning to do a few more now I'm in the mood, maybe some smaller, maybe even larger!