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

Thinking about symbolism…

Being about mid-way through the second painting of the series that I am currently working on, I think now would be a good time to share some of my thoughts about my current project. As is typically the case, the deeper I get into a project, the more it evolves away from the concept that … Continue reading Thinking about symbolism…

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