Knowing a place

I'm halfway through a project at the moment and, true to form, I find myself itching to paint a landscape. Whenever I'm focused on a series of work (that doesn't involve landscapes whatsoever), I always feel the need to drop what I'm doing and escape to a painting of some open space. Like opening a … Continue reading Knowing a place

Painting personality

One of the things that I most enjoy about painting animals is trying to make the subject look like a real creature with a life of its own. Here, I'm not just referring to the visual elements of painting that might make something look realistic (like shape, colour, tone, texture, etc.) but to actually capturing … Continue reading Painting personality

Slow progress ≠ No progress

I've written before about how I often struggle to finish work. When I studied art at school, much of my time was spent flitting from one piece of work to another, never quite progressing anything all the way to completion. But now that I'm creating art for sale, it's important that I finish what I … Continue reading Slow progress ≠ No progress

Looking; then looking again

One of the things that I like most about painting impressions is that the same subject can leave you with a different impression each time you view it. To me, an impression is what is left behind in your mind's eye after having viewed the subject, often only for a brief moment. If you look, … Continue reading Looking; then looking again

Moody art

Everybody gets moody; and everybody has deadlines. Sometimes, it's the deadlines that make us moody - and sometimes it's just... grrr, everything! (You know the feeling!) Being productive when you're in a bad mood can feel really difficult, but pushing through the frustration and managing to finish the task at hand does often help. When … Continue reading Moody art