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Sunday, 14 August 2016

Gods and Goddesses

I am continuing to apologise for the lack of posts but still largely away from the studio. 
"The Fantasy Illustration Library Volume 2: Gods and Goddesses" has just been published by Michael Publishing in the USA in which I have a painting of the Balinese rice goddess Dewi Sri. My copy of the book has just arrived from the USA and a handsome book it is like Volume 1 was. I hope that the book does well so that Michael and Malcolm Phifer can continue to publish more in the series.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Artists & Illustrators magazine

Sorry about lack of posts but I am still unable to get to my studio very much due to my Fathers' fall.  This is just to say that Artists & Illustrators magazine has recently posted on their Facebook page an article I wrote for the magazine a few years ago about painting a sunlit cityscape.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Out of action for a while

I regret that there will be no more posts on this blog for possibly a month or more as I am away from my studio and am unable to work due to looking after my elderly parents who live 150 miles away. This may well mean that I am unable to attend this year's IlluXCon as I am not able to get any paintings done to bring along to the show. I have about six so far but that will not be enough to make up a body of work to bring to Reading.

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Moonlight In The Seraglio

On a moonlit night a concubine smokes a nargileh in the seraglio of the Sultan. The smoke floats lazily in the sultry air of the harem, the high walls separating her from the outside world, the only evidence of which she can see is the dome of a mosque glinting in the moonlight on the other side of the walls. A gilded prison.
Another Orientalist fantasy painting this time centred around blue varying from blue/green to purple with a few additions of oranges and reds albiet mixed with Manganese Violet. I may run a very light glaze of blue over the figure tomorrow morning when the paint is dry.
It is very difficult to photograph this painting, the original being a bit softer than it appears here.
As ever the lovely Naomi Wood posed for the figure although I have given her darker hair here and have not tried to achieve an accurate likeness for variety's sake!
This is a painting that I may exhibit at this year's IlluXCon.
Oil on linen 18" x 24". There is a step-by-step progress through this painting in previous posts on this blog.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Moonlight In The Seraglio - stage 12

Painted in more of the interior, the hanging light, the pillar and the underpainting for the figure on the couch. Debating to myself about having something in the foreground in front of the figure on the couch to break up the line where the couch meets the bottom of the picture.

Monday, 27 June 2016

Moonlight In The Seraglio - stage 11

Pretty much finished the pillar and curtains although the actual colour of the painting is nearer to a more aquamarine blue particularly in the background. I then put in the underpainting for rest of the middle ground ready for tomorrow.

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Moonlight In The Seraglio - stage 10

Just worked on the foreground curtains and pillar today, both of which should be finished tomorrow. I'm using glazes of Ultramarine Blue and Winsor Violet mixed with a little Permanent Orange to slightly neutralise the colour.