This is a painting I was working on for a while but I’m not happy with it. I could make it look acceptable to my eyes but I feel like it would be too much effort to be worth it and I want to move on to other paintings, besides I’m tired of simple portraits … More Unfinished Painting
Full Resolution The figure is drawn/painted from my imagination based on the poem “Bissula” by Decimus Magnus Ausonius (incidentally, the river in the background is the Moselle, which he also writes a poem about). Here’s an extract (translated by Harold Isbell): “III. Bissula, born beyond the banks of the Rhine, saw the Danube start its … More Bissula
This is my favourite painting. I’m particularly pleased with how the metal on the dress looks. I may post something about painting realistic metal surfaces.
Portrait of someone I graduated with a couple of years ago. Without having the focus on colour it’s a lot easier to get value (i.e. lightness and darkness) right, though it is an area I need to focus more on.
Whenever I’m not sure what to draw or I just want some practice I ask a friend if I can draw them. With this one I practiced colour theory in trying to bring out the blueness of the bow tie by covering the canvas in blue and then painting over, which meant that all the … More Portraits of Friends – Blue Bow Tie
This painting was inspired by reading this article on paintings of Sappho: http://the-toast.net/2016/04/20/paintings-of-sappho-in-order-of-how-bummed-out-she-looks/ This will be the subject of my first painting dissection in the near future.