At last I've covered the whole canvas – but there's still a whole lot of refining to do! I'm really pleased with the way this one has come out – which is rare for me. Because I only had an old print of Mitch the springer, I had to paint him loosely - so the whole painting has to be loose – something I'm always trying to achieve. I've got to resolve not to start using smaller brushes and putting in too much detail now!
Happy New Year everyone! (although I think I'm saying this to thin air as I don't think I have any followers yet!!) I am resolved this year to work on my painting as hard as I can and spend as much time doing it as possible. I'm starting the new year with a new project - which is to paint these two fellows for some friends of mine. Mitch, the springer spaniel on the left, is sadly not with us any more and I have some old photos of him which I am trying to combine with recent photos of Dexter, on the right. It could be a bit of a challenge!
I recently went on a trip to Lyme Regis, where we sat in a pub garden and had lunch. The seagulls were quite persistent, hanging about looking a bit scary all the time we were eating - this is one of them. It's painted in quite a loose style for me, which I like. Oil on board 8 x 6"
This is a small (8x6) oil painting I did a while ago of Molly on one of her favourite walks. It's a beautiful walk in Bletchingdon near where I live and the views are fantastic. You feel as if you're miles from anywhere.
I'm still keeping my hand in with animal portraits, always learning new techniques and continuing to develop a distinctive style. With this one I added a background from another photograph and used a very detailed approach on his head, almost painting every fur! This is something I always find myself compelled to do, even if I try to use a looser style! It can be a very time consuming way of painting.