Sunday, 11 January 2015

Latest Paintings

We had a very small attendance at the latest AVA meeting last Thursday, possibly due to the weather - it was raining `cats and dogs'. The subject was trees, an easy one you might think. I again had difficulty in focussing on the subject but eventually came up with the following based on a photo I `googled' on the ipad.

16" x 12" Centenaire 140lb not.

This is part of a large tree where a large branch was cut off and someone has then carved the face. I've no idea what or whether it symbolizes something in particular. I used several colours, arbitrary in Charles Reid's words - colours that aren't actually there. I found it difficult, especially as there is a lot of texture in this particular tree and I'm not much pleased with the painting.

As I finished early - I usually do - I started work on a portrait that I'd drawn  earlier in the week. This is based on a photograph of  the actor Emily Blunt in one of the weekend colour magazines. They are a good source of portrait material.

This is the work I did at the AVA session and I completed the painting at home this afternoon. I'll post the final painting in the next two days.


Mick Carney said...

Interesting choice of source image for the first one. I'm not sure how I'd have even started but your colourist tendencies have found a way in.

Peter Ward said...

Thanks Mick. I'm not too keen on this one actually. It is a difficult one however.

Ray Maclachlan said...

I'm interested in the portrait Peter, as I commented on the finished product before looking at this post.
If you have the Reid Portraits DVD you can see how Charles didn't circle the face with the hair. He left gaps and lost edges.