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Pewter Mug and Daisies: 12x9 inches approx

, 18:20

Trying to get back to pastelling after several weeks "downtime". This piece was started last month but put aside due to other interruptions. The pewter mug was set up again and this time I completed the reflections and got the daisies in within a couple of hours. The technique is a somewhat scribbly-hatchy one, adopted from Bill Creevy's pastel-painting book. I used it to create the background in pale green, yellow and purple-grey pencils before overlaying with lighter tones of cream and yellow. Similarly with the mug reflections. Silvery-coloured objects can be difficult to select pastels for, but if it is possible to discern subtle shades of colour (such as greens, blue-greys or ochres) then these can be used to build the patchwork of reflections.

The daisies were, I'll admit, a little rushed. They were already rather tatty so I had to spruce them up a bit. I repeated some of the hatching technique to provide a backdrop for their greyish-white petals.

Six paintings off to exhibition at Backwell, Bristol, tomorrow; for Friday and Saturday openings.

"Ascent": acrylic on canvas 24x20 inches

, 17:28



Having had some fun with "Dimensions" (which is currently with a prospective buyer), I elected to do another piece in similar colours. Blues and purples are sometimes hard to photograph with a digital camera because they are less sensitive to this end of the spectrum. Added to that also the problem with moderate winter light and this one proved no less awkward to photograph outdoors than the previous picture.
The most ideal set-up is indoors with bright directed lights and maybe white sheets to spread the light around and discourage shadows; unfortunately I don't have suitable lighting, it's all too yellow in tone.

These abstracty pieces are really experimental and sometimes they don't work out....every few years I ditch the canvas off of old stretcher-bars where grand ideas have flumped dismally in the first few hours. Occasionally the canvas is recycled, especially when it has only one layer of acrylic....passes good enough for re-use on smaller stretchers (like 10x8 inches for example), for either another acrylic or an oil.

I am changing some of my acrylic colours over to Ara, made by Old Holland. They come in large 250ml (and bigger) squeezy bottles, which is much more economical than the usual small 60ml tubes. They are lightfast, easy workable (not quite so heavy bodied as W&N) and apparently are classed as a good mid-range acrylic. My metallic paints are by Golden (USA)....not cheap but nice to use.

I'm planning another painting with a different colour-scheme...meanwhile it'll be back to the oils and I'd like to get started again on some still-life pieces.

Dimensions: acrylic on canvas 24x24 inches

, 18:25

An abstract using overlaid squares and rectangles in shadowy shades of deep purple, blues and black, offset with scatterings of silver and accented with creamy-white. This painting almost didn't happen. It began life as a semi-abstract landscape-style layout, which became too dark and was systematically scraped down then overpainted with deep blue-grey. Using the resulting variations in contrast (black to blue-grey and into a steel grey), a patchwork of rectangles was devised, to create an air of mystery and some hidden "dimensions". Most of these were painted with the edge of a knife, pulling and scraping the paint to create colour overlays and light texture. Blues and mauves were mixed with metallic silver paint and the occasional touch of pearlescence.

Outdoor light levels not brilliant for photographs but look ok for the blog; I may repeat the session to try and get a better shot for online gallery use.