Monthly Archives: January 2017

Double-take

Here’s an experiment.  We all love a little quiz, don’t we?

I thought it would be fun to paint the same image twice but in two different media.  Each is about 8″ x 8″ and painted on board.  However one of them was painted in oil and the other in acrylic.  But which is which? And which do you prefer?  Is your preference based on colour or texture – or something else?

Scottish Pine and field wall

Scottish Pine and field wall (8 x 10" oil on board)

Scottish Pine and field wall (8 x 10″ oil on board)

Here’s thinking ahead to summer, some warmth and longer days! As I write this I am staring out of the window at freezing fog.  Brr!

Apologies to those who may have already seen this.  I posted it on my Facebook page the other day as part of a 7 day painting challenge and then realised I had not posted it here.

Mixed media experiments – Part 2

Early Winter morning light. The Groves (10" x 12" mixed media on paper)

Early Winter morning light. The Groves (10″ x 12″ mixed media on paper)

Following on from my last post, this is a similiar view but I decided not to use collage.  Instead I used my ‘usual’ mixed media kit – a combination of oil pastel, watercolour, acrylic paints and acrylic inks. As before, though, I experimented with using a very limited palette of colours, exploiting the warm/cool contrast.  Interestingly the eye still reads the image (or maybe just my eyes do!) because the tones work.  A fun experiment anyway

Experimenting with collage

December. Frosty morning at The Groves (12" x 12" mixed media on mountboard)

December. Frosty morning at The Groves (12″ x 12″ mixed media on mountboard)

I’ve been experimenting a little with collage as part of a mixed media approach and combining this with a very limited palette of colours.  I very much admire the work of Mike Bernard RI  http://mikebernardri.com/ who paints landscapes in a semi-abstract style and uses collage extensively in combination with acrylic inks.

This image was inspired by the view I had a few weeks ago from the suspension bridge in Chester over the riverside known as ‘The Groves’. There had been a hard frost and what struck me was the contrast between the cool areas of frost and shadow and the warm areas hit by the early morning sun.  The challenge I set myself was to make the image sufficiently representational to ‘make sense’ but to deliberately avoid too much detail and exploit the contrast in colours and textures.  This painting had the kitchen sink thrown at it – collage, then acrylic inks and acrylic paint, applied by print roller, card, finger, palette knife and (occasionally) brush! And I only used four colours. I confess to finding the collage and ink combination very tricky and I am not sure if it is something I will repeat.  However the collage does add ‘something’ which I find quite interesting.

Vapour trails

Vapour trails. Winter afternoon. (8" x 8" acrylic on mountboard)

Vapour trails. Winter afternoon. (8″ x 8″ acrylic on mountboard)

My first post of 2017 after a busy Christmas break.  Happy New Year!

As I’ve been studio based recently I have been having fun experimenting with colour.  This small piece is the companion to a mixed media painting I made of roughly the same location and which I posted on Facebook and my other social media pages on New Year’s day (see below).

Late afternoon. Winter (8" x 8" mixed media on paper)

Late afternoon. Winter (8″ x 8″ mixed media on paper)

The challenge was to try to recreate the atmosphere of light fading on a bitterly cold Winter’s day.