Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Portraits - A welcome diversion

Well, my 'masterpiece' while almost finished has stalled for a while, as I am in the process of moving house. So I have been busy packing. But I found the time while I was feeling inspired to do some portrait sketches using a Calligraphy Pen 1.0.  It is quite different to what I have been doing. The challenge is deciding how to differentiate the pen strokes for shading/shadow vs actual facial features and portraying shades of colour on the face. Anyway this is what I came up with.  Both Pro Surfers, Bede Durbidge, and Occy

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Finish line is in sight

Here is all 7 canvases placed together to see the bigger picture of what the picture is about. Hopefully, each canvas is considered a complete work of art, each taking on the theme of  'deep calls to deep', and that each piece can be appreciated for its individual appeal.
There is still some rendering to do, and some final touches, but I am very happy with what I have so far.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Deep Calls to Deep

Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls;
all your waves and breakers have swept over me. Psalm 42:7

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Another Canvas

The project is progressing at a good pace. Now with the end in sight, I am considering how to present the finished product. Should I get each canvas framed or keep them unframed. One of the canvases is out of square, so I need to work out a way to fix this.

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Daylight saving :)

With the recent clock changes for daylight saving, I am able to find some time to do some painting during the week which is a bonus ! Also, the weather is getting milder which makes it a little more pleasant. At this rate, I will be finished sooner than I thought.

Monday, 3 October 2011


One of the most important things about painting, I find, is the ability to make the right decisions. For example do you start with darker colours, or lighter colours. What colour to have as a base colour. When to decide that things are going pear shaped and some corrective actions need to be done. The more you paint, the more confident you become in decision making.
That is why I think painting can be a great discipline for people, even if they don't really enjoy it, or initially, they think they are not good at it. But I am sure after time, not only do you get better at it, but it helps you to practice making decisions. And over time, the whole process becomes rewarding and well worth it.