Stages of a Painting

Here’s one of my first paintings of the new year. I’ve photographed it as I’ve been painting so I can show you the process so far.

I often start with a simple automatic drawing, which I use as a base to start my painting/collage. Then I choose a line or a shape to begin.I build from there, but don’t necessarily like what I see straight away, it just feels good.I often collage with paper that I’ve prepared previously.I always try and think of new ways to express myself or emphasise a part of the painting in a certain way and I try different ways of applying the paint as you can see in this section here.This is where I’ve got so far but things may well change! 🙂  

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Flamingo Collage

Well, flamingo’s seem to be the order of the day!

I’ve been working on some flamingo themed artwork and products and this collage is one of my first pieces. I am very pleased with him and he seems to be becoming a springboard for some other work. I especially like the way the foil paper I’ve used on his neck takes on the look of his feathers 🙂FlamingoI am pleased to say there is beginning to be some flamingo related work for sale in my online shop, for example the writing paper set below. 🙂P1380219

Large Pattern – Colour Mixing 2

Pattern 1Here’s the next stage of colour mixing for my large pattern and showing you how I mix the pinksPattern 7For this pale pink I wanted I’ve mixed with a large dollop of white, a very small amount of cadmium red and crimson.Pattern 6It’s very important to do it slowly as you cant go back, you just have to start again.Pattern 5For the darker pink I added more of each of the reds plus a touch of Ultra-marine  Pattern 11Pattern 13I’ve found with practice I can mix any colour I Like 🙂