As mentioned before recently I have become interested in moving into portraiture. Although hesitant at first, I found it was simply a case of applying the technical skills I have learnt on the still life paintings and transferring them onto the portraits. I am trying for a balance between an accurate representation of the subject and yet still retaining a painterly quality that somehow seems to add ‘life’, or a touch of added realism to the work. As much as I admire artists who have the ability (and the patience) to paint every pore and hair – and there were wonderful examples at this year’s BP portrait show at the NPG. for my own work I still like to see the odd brushmark, a flick of paint, a suggestion of movement, the human touch.
These two portraits, completed this year, are of my parents, painted in oil directly on board, and hopefully the works are hanging in their living room at time of writing. The idea was to paint them separately. like the traditional ‘companion’ pieces, so the two paintings can face one another on the wall.
Here are a few of my paintings over the past three years – I have decided on 12 works to give you a favour of what I do. All are oil on canvas, mounted on board. X
Hello everyone out there and welcome to my blog, created and started in July 2012, out of a desire to let interested viewers view and hopefully discuss past and present (or rather recently completed) artworks.
Here is an example of my paintings which, since I began painting full time in 2007, have focused primarily on still life paintings featuring items sourced locally from second hand shops and antique markets, and also local fruit/veg retailers. For me that’s been an important part of the work, and hopefully one aspect I can expand with travel at a later time.
This oil painting on canvas, 55 x 55cm (unframed) is titled “Bowl of Gala”, and features a level of detail I certainly wouldn’t have attempted just a couple of years ago. As I write this, I think the best idea for anyone interested in seeing any works is to contact me directly by email and I can direct to the gallery concerned. many thanks and hope you enjoy the blog! Paul