Thursday, 30 June 2011
So, this is the last week of art classes until September and I'd like to share these 2 paintings. The painting of Buddha above (80 x 30cm) was made by Ilse using a palet knife. She's just completed her first course with us and I really like the way she's articulated this piece. Below is a painting from Yvette (30 x 40 cm). I smile every time I see this one! Both are acrylic on canvas.
My favourite subjects: the sea and skies. I've just finished these two oil paintings (above 40 x 50 cm below 24 x 30 cm). The challenge and beauty of sea paintings is to try and translate the light, movement and fluidity of the water onto the canvas...but I really enjoy working with these colours.
Monday, 27 June 2011
Saturday, 18 June 2011
The last couple of months I've been working on a commission, which up until today was a secret... but I can at last reveal all! A restful painting made in commission of Terschelling (a Dutch Island). It was a present for my client's wife and was intended to encompass and symbolise family holidays spent on the beautiful island. The painting is actually only made up of 2 colours (one if you don't count white as a colour) brown and white. It measures 100 x 40 cm...and most important of all, she liked it!
Friday, 17 June 2011
Thursday, 16 June 2011
Capturing the movement of the sea is always a challenge in a painting, but it's also the fun part, working with the range of subtle colour differences in the waves. These are Francesco's newest paintings (above 60 x 80cm, below 70 x 90cm) painted with acrylic on canvas.
Tuesday, 14 June 2011
Today, after finishing off the etching of Zierikzee, I had a bit of an experiment with vernis mou, a wax used for soft ground etchings. It's more easy to make an impression on a soft ground so I tried a few different structures out and combined it with the normal way of making an etching, using an etching needle. This is the result: a Matrushka style Quan Yin (the bodhisattva of compassion - a female saint)
This coming July and August we hope to be standing on the weekly historical market in Veere demonstrating how etchings are made. Last year Francesco made an etching of Veere, and we wanted to make a few more of the surrounding towns and villages, so we started with Middelburg and Zierikzee. All measure 6 x 9 cm and were made on copper plates. The etching of Zierikzee was also treated with an aquatint for the water. I can't wait for the markets to begin!
Wednesday, 8 June 2011
The last few days I've been working on these 3 new etchings. These first 2 have been treated with an aquatint to give the water in both that special quality. I'm particularly pleased with the reflection of the boats in the water.
And 2 teddy bear friends. I wanted them to look fluffy and woolly, so I made sure the contours were built up of small lines and not too hard.