Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Sprouts on Brown Paper + New Website!

4x4 inches,  acrylic on canvas board  

I found some sprouts in the kitchen the other day and had fun painting them- it's interesting trying to capture the way their leaves unfurl.

In other news, my new website is live! You can check it out here!

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

All Cut Up

4x4 inches, acrylic on canvas board. SOLD

When I first started painting with oils and acrylics, I was terrified of two colours in particular- orange and yellow. So easy to muddy them- only a touch of blue, and they turn grey. I'm getting better at working with them now, though. The fear is fading. Here's a little painting of lemon and clementine slices to celebrate.

Monday, 28 December 2015

Clementines: Blue Vase

4x4 inches, acrylic on canvas board. SOLD

Another installment in my ongoing clementine series. In this one I've used a small blue vase I found at a charity store while looking for interesting painting subjects. I like the way the wedges reflect in it.

Sunday, 27 December 2015

Clementines: Quarters

4x4 inches, acrylic on canvas board.  $25  Available at Daily Paintworks

The hardest bit of this painting by far was mixing the right colour for the blade of the knife. I really like the shape of the clementine wedges, I'm happy with how they came out. Cutting up the fruit takes this series in a slightly different direction.

Saturday, 26 December 2015

Clementines: Safari

8x8 inches, acrylic on stretched canvas. $65. Buy with Paypal

Here's the largest of the Clementine series so far- I found this zebra-print tissue paper and was eager to use it in one of my paintings.

I’ve been working at all different sizes this year- massive paintings on A2 paper for college, and tiny ones, like my 3x3 paintings. I think I prefer smaller sizes for oil and acrylics- 8x10 inches and under is good. There’s an attitude of ‘bigger is better’ in some parts of the art world, but I tend to disagree. Small paintings are easier to store and to display. They’re more affordable as well- I’m slowly building a collection of smaller pieces I’ve bought at local galleries. And I like to think small paintings can still stand out and make an impact visually. That’s something I’m trying to achieve with these little ones.

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Clementines: Premiere

6x8 inches, acrylic on stretched canvas. $50.  Buy it Now

Another installment of my Clementine series. When I was arranging this set up, the strip of red paper reminded me of the red carpet at movie premieres, thus the title. I really love the black and white patterned paper I used in this composition, and I will be using it more in future- it adds drama to the arrangement and it's a very fun challenge to paint!

Monday, 21 December 2015

Clementines: Queue

6x8 inches, acrylic on stretched canvas. $50   Click to Bid

Part of my ongoing Clementines series. I think this is the best of this series so far in terms of capturing the form of the clementines. I tried a slightly different process here, working a little faster into wet paint and letting the colours blend initially. I will have to try it again in future.

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Clementines: Diamonds

6x6 inches, acrylic on canvas board. SOLD

Here's the next clementine painting: this one features a metallic diamond patterned paper. I really liked how the gold reflected the orange in places.

Saturday, 19 December 2015

Clementines: Stripes

6x6 inches, acrylic on canvas board.   $20    Place a Bid

This is the first in a series of paintings I've been working on. I got the idea while wrapping a present last night- why not use patterned wrapping paper in the background of my still life paintings? Then I discovered a bowl of clementines in the dining room and it fell into place.

I've already done a whole bunch of clementine paintings using different papers- and I still feel excited to do more. It's great when you're in the midst of a wave of motivation!

Monday, 14 December 2015

Green Against Blue

6x8 inches, oil on stretched canvas. $50.  Buy With Paypal

I love painting blues and greens, so I had to do a painting with just these colours. I really like the way this one came out. It's fun to do a vertical still life after all of the square compositions I've been doing lately.

Friday, 11 December 2015

Pak Choi II

 6x6 inches, oil on canvas board. SOLD

Here's another of my Pak Choi paintings. I really enjoyed mixing the range of colours in this one, and the wide tonal range.

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Pink Rose

6x8 inches, acrylic on stretched canvas. $50    Place a Bid

I created this little painting for the weekly challenge on Daily Paintworks. I used to paint flowers a lot, but it's been a while since I did one. This was a nice reminder. I only used four colours, quite a limited palette for me- Cadmium Red, Prussian Blue, Yellow Ochre and White. I'm pretty happy with how it came out.

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Pak Choi I

6x6 inches, oil on canvas board.


While getting a drink from the fridge, I discovered a bag of Pak Choi and just knew I had to do some paintings with them. Here's the first of the paintings. I don't use pure white in my paintings a lot, so I thought I would give it a try here; I quite like how it complements the relative simplicity of the arrangement when paired with the soft grey in the background.

Monday, 7 December 2015

Sauze d'Oulx Street

5x7 inches, oil on canvas board. $18   Place a Bid

This was painted from a photograph my dad took while staying in Sauze d'Oulx, a ski resort town in Turin, Italy. I had great fun trying to capture the way the light fell on the snow, and the colours of the shadows.

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Glass, Surrounded

6x6 inches, oil on canvas board. $20.   Place a Bid

The cherry tomatoes are confronting an interloper. I've been playing with using very dark darks in the background to make the highlights pop. It works quite well with glass and reflective surfaces, I think.