Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Travis, 16" x 12", Oil on Board, 2016 (Commission)

Travis, 16" x 12", Oil on Board, 2016 (Commission) 
This is a commission completed recently. It's the beloved dog of one of my greatest collectors in Spain. I went into a little bit more detail with this piece.

SPECIAL QUOTE: Whatever you paint make sure you enjoy painting it, somehow if the work is executed with joy, it kind of shines through"- Adebanji Alade

Two Portrait Commissions (S.Boys)

The Amazonian Adventure (S.Boys), 30" x 24", Oil on Canvas, 2016
These are 2 commissions that I completed recently for the lovely parents of these two boys.
I really enjoyed the whole process and I thought it would be worth sharing the finished result of both.

The Formal Sitting (S.Boys) 24" x 30", Oil on Canvas, 2016
SPECIAL QUOTE: "Portraits are very demanding and I feel it's a great adventure to get along with a client from the beginning of a commission to the end. After it all, a great affinity and relationship is formed that goes beyond the picture."-Adebanji Alade

Friday, April 01, 2016

Remain Hungry, Mixed Media on Paper, 11" x 8"

This is one of my experiments with Charcoal dust, a black coloured pencil and graphite on Mixed media paper.

The process starts when I sketch in graphite first, then I add tone washes with the charcoal dust mixed with water, just as I would approach a watercolour painting.

After the washes are all in and the tones are right. I add the darker tones and accents with a very black coloured pencil.

Remain Hungry, 11" x 8", Mixed Media on Paper
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After which  I remove the highlights with an electronic eraser.

I have used 250 gsm CassArt Mixed media paper.

The work is based on one of sayings of the Late Steve Jobs, who said "Remain Hungry, Remain Foolish.." Two great ingredients to keep one alert, full of desire and out of the comfort zone.

"When I was a child he would say to me, "Try not to think of what the thing is. If you are painting a tree forget it's a tree and look at it as a series of shapes, tones and colours, and try and draw it as an object. It must be hardest to do that with a human face because your psychology is fighting against it.-Charlotte Hepburne-Scott, recorded interview with Jenny Perry, June 2010 on ANDREW FESTING