Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Duck Ditty

An incomplete greeting card design that will be the 7th in the series 'on the fence'.
I like the charcoal version here so much I'm loathed to colour it. But will eventually...

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Yodeling Youngsters

A busy few weeks completing the illustrations for a children's book - The Heavenly Princess, by Brad Kyle, that will be released in time for Christmas 2013.
Also starting work on the fourth installment in the Silly Gilly series. The series covers the adventures of a young American boy and his experiences as he grows up. More info here.
And in between these contracts I found time to add to my own series of paintings 'on the fence' with the latest image - 'Yodeling Youngsters'.

Friday, 11 January 2013

Turner's Rigi Mountains

This painting came about during a masterclass workshop with artist Tony Smibert.

He discussed J. W. Turner's method of cool and warm colours in creating a composition. One series that was brought to attention was the series Turner created of a specific mountain, the Rigi,  in Switzerland. The Blue Rigi shows a cool mountain against a warm sky while the Red Rigi shows a warm mountain against the cool, see link. 

As Smibert discussed this process I played around with the formula based on a rock formations located down the Western Australian south coast. Although my initial colour of the rock is warm against a warm sky I've accented the rock with cool blues and echoed cool blues in the sky.

The overall effect is a slightly shimmering colour contrast.

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Children on the Beach

This image was commissioned (by the boy on the left roughly 18 years after the original photo was taken) with a mega-tight ten day deadline! Luckily I had a few days of freedom to concentrate on the project :)
The final painting is in charcoal, watercolour and colour pencil with highlights in bodycolour.

Sunday, 6 January 2013

Treehouse colour

I love this latest painting. It follows on from a previously uploaded drawing of the Treehouse.
At a festival today I managed to semi finalise this painting. There's a salute to Arthur Rackham and early Disney concept artist Gustaf Tenggren in style and colour.
Using a new colour  - W&N Turquoise Blue, it gives a beautiful cool glow that contrasts well with the Alizarin Crimson.