Three Peaks

Three Peaks - acrylic painting

Three Peaks – Acrylic on Canvas 40″ x 30″

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Three Peaks

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Acrylic Painting on Canvas 40″ x 30″
Landscape scene depicting a lake in the foreground with a mountain range in the background.

Wet on Wet Acrylic Paintings?

This is my second in my collection acrylic paintings. I tried the wet on wet painting technique. To a degree it’s ok but I have to be a lot quicker than with oil paint. Even using a medium. I find this technique perfect for oil painting but acrylic paints are more limiting. Though to be honest that’s probably down to my limited experience.

The great advantage, I find, in acrylic painting is the drying time. A few hours at the most depending on the amount of medium used or thickness of paint and temperature. Compared with ten to twelve days minimum when using oil paints.

This was the first time I’d used a palette knife. Always felt more comfortable using brushes. However I find certain mountains and rocks easily created with a knife.

Although I imagined this scene it’s also influenced, in part, from memory. Eight of the best years of my life were spent living in Snowdonia, North Wales. Our cottage was in the middle of a four acre smallholding. Situated 800 ft above sea level on a slope facing the sea 4 miles away.  We were surrounded by snow-capped peaks for many months each winter.

The irony that comes to mind now is that I nearly set up as an artist then,  over twenty years ago. I had a stone built barn near the cottage. My intention was to convert the barn into a gym/art studio, it was large enough. Not far from Beddgelert and the terrain that inspired the illustrations for the ‘Rupert Bear’  books. There is an abundance of wonderful, magical scenes there to inspire anyone. I must go back there one day and take my camera. 🙂

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Forest Dawn

Forest Dawn

Forest Dawn – Oil on Canvas 40″ x 30″

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Forest Dawn

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Oil painting on canvas 40″ x 30″

‘Wet on Wet’ Oil Painting

I love the ‘wet on wet’ (re. Wikipedia) technique of oil painting on canvas. Having learnt this method of painting with oils from a ‘Bob Ross’ book I’m looking forward to creating several more such paintings in the near future. The first painting I created in this way is ‘Spring Night‘. Ok, I know it’s another woodland scene but this technique does lend itself to landscapes and seascapes.

‘Wet on Wet’ painting simply means applying more paint before the previous layers are dry. I find it best if I can complete the painting in one session before the paint turns more ‘tacky’. This particular artwork took just five hours to complete from start to finish. It’s a great way for easily creating smooth blends and a lovely rich, deep finish. After applying fast drying black ghesso and white ghesso to the dark and light areas as an undercoat. Apply a thin layer of liquid oil paint, clear, white or black depending on the gamma of the area then add the pigments (colours). Fun!

I have used a gallery wrapped 40″ x 30″ canvas  for this artwork.

Forest Dawn – Oil Painting

Living on the coast of West Sussex I’m fortunate to live near the South Downs. This picture was inspired by the frequent early morning dog walks through the various nearby woodlands. So often when the sky is clear the countryside is shrouded by a low ground mist until the sun rises high enough to disperse it. Of course the best time to get there is just before dawn so as to witness an often spectacular light show as the sun rises.

Varying hues, the light gradually intensifies to a glow and then is splintered by the branches through the haze to dapple the flora. Quite the escape.

I hope you enjoy this picture as much as I enjoyed painting it. 🙂

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Early Bird

Early Bird

Early Bird – Acrylic Painting on Canvas 40″ x 30″

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Early Bird

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Acrylic painting on canvas 40″ x 30″

My first Acrylic Painting

This is one of my first acrylic paintings. Early, most mornings, I walk the dogs on the beach where I am often just amazed by the beautiful skies at this time of day. Sometimes the sea is so calm it has the qualities of an undulating liquid jewel perfectly reflecting a shimmering version of the sky above. Occasionally the horizon is barely visible uniting sea and sky as one. It was on such a morning that I watched a small group of gulls skimming low over the water. Silent, sleek and swift, mimmicked by their near black reflections beneath them. As the sun lifts from the horison the glare makes the clouds look like a mountainous island shrouded in glowing mist.

Joy of Acrylic Painting

I enjoy acrylic painting with its similarities to oil painting. Ironically, while seeing the advantages of faster drying times when painting with acrylic sometimes it’s preferential to have a longer drying time, as with oil painting. The main advantage is that acrylic paints are water based and so much easier to use and clean up. Quicker drying times also makes it less likely for stray (dog) hairs to take up residence. 🙂

More Acrylic Painting

There are more acrylic paintings that I’ve completed since this one and will, given enough time, be posting them over the next couple of weeks. I’d like to keep ‘Early Bird’ but intend to make prints of all my work available in the future. A painting that I used acrylic on before can be found in ‘Mixed Media’ and is called ‘Viking Sunrise‘ in which I used acrylic over an airbrushed ink background. I hope you like and share this picture. 🙂

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Viking Sunrise

Viking Sunrise

Viking Sunrise – Mixed Media on Canvas 40″ x 30″

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Viking Sunrise

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Canvas Wall Art Original – Ink and Acrylic on Canvas 40″ x 30″

I created this canvas wall art a couple of years ago after reading a series of novels about Vikings. Not being able to visualise the curves of these sleek watercraft. I had to buy a plastic model for reference.

The beautiful colours in the sky were achieved using Rotring Opaque Artistcolour ink with airbrush. I’m not aware if these inks are still available. I’ve had them several years. I hope so! I like the way the hues appear to assume a florescent quality, glowing. I look forward to using them again but I’ll wait until it’s warmer outside. So I have better ventilation. 🙂 The airbrush nebulises the ink so finely it spreads everywhere.

I like inks, watercolour and acrylic paints over oil colour for the faster drying time. The ink was dry almost immediately. Enabling me to transfer a tracing of a sketch I had prepared of the boat.

I was then able to paint the Viking longboat. Followed by the foreground shadows. And then reflections and surf with acrylic colours.

I do like this as a theme and intend to paint several more in future. Possibly with more dramatic coastal landscapes.

I won’t be selling this art work. I intended to keep it but a friend has put dibbs on it if I do decide to part with it. However I will make prints available in the not to distant future. Posters and canvas wall art prints.

It’s my intention, when I’ve finished developing this website, to start selling some originals. Some by auction on Ebay and some by purchase direct from this site. Follow me on your favourite Social Network for regular updates. Icons are on the right of this page and below most articles.

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Spring Night

Spring Night

Spring Night – Oil on Canvas 18″ x 24″

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SPRING NIGHT

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Oil Painting on Canvas 18″ x 24″ on canvas.

I painted this picture about 5 years ago  after coming across a book by Bob Ross. I would like to pay tribute to this great teacher as his method of instruction is enjoyable and so easy to follow. Thanks to the techniques I learnt from his book I felt inspired to paint more and hopefully now I can. Painting is such a joy but I still can’t decide on which media I prefer so I’ll just carry on playing….  tough life eh?

For this oil painting on canvas I used the ‘wet on wet‘ method. I started by painting black gesso around the edges of the primed canvas. By feathering around the edges of a roughly circular area I was left with a large white circle approximately two-thirds of the way up the canvas. The gesso is quite fast drying acrylic paint so you can start painting with oils within an hour.

The next step was to brush a thin layer of liquid white oil paint on to the white ‘spot’. Then add dashes of red and blue colour to the edges of the spot before blending in towards the centre. After adding a thin layer of liquid black oil paint to the lower portion and edges I was ready to add more colour and detail. Using fan brushes to highlight the shrubbery and trees in the background I then lifted the paint to form the tree trunks. Adding branches with a rigger brush I then finished by adding foreground foliage and dragging white paint down to form the stream with a fan brush.

As an amateur one of the most valuable lessons I learnt from Bob Ross was the effects all the different brushes can be used for.

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Blue Jay

Blue Jay

Blue Jay – Inks and Gouache 20″ x 28″ on art board

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BLUE JAY

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Inks and Gouache 20″ x 28″ on art board

Original artwork using ink and gouache. Having only just started painting again this is by far the oldest of my small collection still in my possession, about 30 years. Originally a present to my now-departed mother it has too much sentimental value to me to ever to part with it but I do intend to sell prints in the future.

I can’t say that I particularly have a passion for illustrating birds but I copied this picture from a small photo of a Blue Jay, about 4″ x 6″, that caught my eye because of the beautiful (shades of blue) plumage.

I used an airbrush with ink for the background masking off the bird and perch in the foreground. I remember having to be so careful lifting off the masking film from the art board. Then I airbrushed the base colour and tones of the bird and wood before applying the detail with guoache pencil and draftsman pen.

I love the 3D effect created by the contrast between the blurred background and sharp foreground. I have seen many artists using this simple technique to great effect and I believe I have achieved this.

In a mixed media painting that I have created since, ‘Viking Sunrise‘, I airbrushed ink on to canvas for the background again and used acrylic paints for the boat and highlights.

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What we have to learn to do,
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Felpham Family

Felpham Family

Felpham Family – Acrylic on Canvas 40″ x 30″

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Felpham Family

Canvas Painting 40″ x 30″

I was commissioned to create this canvas painting by a friend who intended it as a Christmas gift for another friend. The specifications were first that the setting had to be the local beach. That was easy, I just waited until the tide was out and took a photo of the front from the water’s edge. I used the photo as reference to sketch the skyline, easily recognised by anyone local to Felpham. The other stipulation was that I depict the family, mother, three foster children and two dogs as silhouettes. The problem was that my friend had no photos and couldn’t ask for any as that might give the game away. Nor could I meet them for the same reason as the time was close.

Anyway, from the descriptions I was given, I sketched the figures as I imagined them. It was really guess work but bizarrely when I showed the preparatory sketch I was spot for each individual. Except for one. I had depicted her accurately but the she had returned to her real parents since and subsequently replaced by another girl. I made alterations and again got an accurate likeness. I make no claims on being psychic but that was strange. The dogs being a Whippet, the other a Spaniel, were straight forward enough. I didn’t need any special powers to know the Whippet would be running and the Spaniel jumping for attention and play. 🙂 Having met the lady since, it’s great to know how “over the moon” she was.

Acrylic on Canvas Painting

I used acrylic paint for this gallery wrapped canvas painting and it’s 40″ x 30″ in size.

I think I may use the preparatory sketches of the skyline as a reference for a water colour painting. The sun sets in just the right place.

I hope you enjoy this picture too.

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Friends

Friends acrylic canvas wall art

Friends – Acrylic on Canvas 18″ x 24″

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Friends

Acrylic canvas wall art 18″ x 24″

I suppose this particular scene is primarily symbolic. I tried to define friendship from a spiritual perspective. As they say “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” so I won’t spoil your interpretation by voicing mine in detail. Suffice to say that every journey has its destination as does life.

So briefly, the canoeists just represent two souls sharing a part of that journey together. A friendship begins. Some will come and go. Others may stay a while or possibly longer. Some will share joys and others tribulations, some both. So if this image has any meaning to you you will interpret from your own experience.

Anyway a picture paints a thousand words so I created this acrylic canvas wall art rather than voice it. A present for a very dear friend who has been there for me through a few of my tribulations 🙂 as I hope I have for her.

I hope you enjoy this acrylic canvas wall art as much as she does.

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