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.