Monday, 31 January 2011

LLANFAIR ROAD - Y DRENEWYDD - oil on canvas - 40x50cm approx - £80 {+P&P)

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The three pictures aim to show the progress from blank canvas to finished painting. I generally start by covering the canvas with a wet coat of yellow ochre or raw Sienna - then with a rag, wipe the paint away from the light areas, revealing the white canvas. Using a strong mix of the starting colour I then paint in, very roughly, the dark areas to lay down the basic tonal structure of the piece. Then the fun begins as this stage has taken less than ten minutes.
This piece was created using a very restricted palette generally known as 'The Old Master's' - Burnt Sienna / Raw Sienna / Payne's Grey. I admit to finding this a challenge with the brand of paint I used, but will try with another make sometime. Restricting the palette forces you to find the most suitable blend from the triad of colours you have. It also means that the colours used each have a family relationship - a root based colour system. Soon I want to try the opposite end of the scale, a 'high keyed triad' - Permanent Rose / Transparent Yellow / Cobalt Blue.

Friday, 14 January 2011

Y DRENEWYDD - CRESCENT CHURCH from RIVER SEVERN - 40x40cm - oil on canvas - £90 (P&P)

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This is the second time I have painted this scene. It links the commercial side of Newtown (Y Drenewydd) with the older medieval township. The underpainting was completed in acrylic and then continued using oils. This is basically a RED/YELLOW/BLUE painting but with  shift to the side ... using Yellow Ochre / Burnt Sienna / Ultramarine Blue. The range of muted colours is phenomenal and yet very natural. Hope you enjoy. 

Monday, 3 January 2011

HIGH FARM - acrylic on canvas - 40x40cm - £90 (+P&P)

My next idea turned to paint, imagined from the one second view from a bus window, where the farm view was high above my head. I love painting from imagination based on facts gathered over many years.
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