Audrey Hepburn by Becky
Merry Christmas Everyone! Hope you have a wonderful time with the people you love.
It’s been a while since my last post, so grabbed an opportunity to do a quick sketch earlier. Here’s a Christmassy hint as to who she is.
New Year’s resolution is definitely to post more often.
Peter Jackson announced that the much anticipated Hobbit films are too awesome to cram into just two films… hence he’s turning it into three. Most excellent news for all avid LOTRs fans!
Upon hearing this I was inspired to dig out an old GCSE piece, which was my first and only foray into silk painting. The inspiration was the Hobbit. Looking back I’m sure Smaug would have decimated the landscape, so perhaps it’s a little too rose tinted. Ah well, I was only about fifteen or sixteen - you live and learn. Would definitely love to give silk another go at some point.
Thames Swimming: 1 hour in…
Just started another acrylic piece. It’s inspired by the Olympics in a round about way. Was thinking “swimming in London”, which lead me back to a recent visit to the Turner, Monet, Twombly exhibition at Tate Liverpool; featuring Monet’s stunning “London, Houses of Parliament. Burst of Sunlight in the Fog 1904”.
Usually residing in the Musee D’Orsay, it’s an excellent example of his rainbow palette perfectly capturing turn-of-the-century smog filled London. His brush work is, as ever, loose with large yet calculated strokes. In tribute I decided to attempt to emulate this by working fast. So popped A History of Art in Three Colours, Gold on as background inspiration and here’s the resulting canvas an hour later. Am quite pleased with the water reflections, but think it’s time to call it a day and let the paint dry. Details of the swimmer and Houses of Parliament can be finished another evening.
Happy Olympics and sweet dreams. B
Working in Acrylics:
So I’m back on canvas for the first time in what seems like forever and it feels like coming home. This acrylic fashion piece (inspired by Spring/Summer 2007 Manish Arora meets Sonia Rykiel) is still in the early stages, but I just thought it’d be cool to post so you can see how I work.
There’s still a lot to do on the face, hair, headpiece and I’ve not even begun to think about her top or the background. In fact the finished piece may end up looking nothing like this! That’s the joy of evolving artwork.
It’s my first time experimenting with metallic acrylics, glitter and little gems within an acrylic piece. Hopefully they’ll give it a glitzy feel.
One thing to note about using metallic paint is that it becomes like painting two pieces simultaneously. The sheen changes in different lighting conditions, so it’s best to keep altering the angle you’re working from, to see the picture with and without reflections.
I may post some more updates on how it’s going. No doubt I’ll get another canvas on the go soon too. Am feeling particularly inspired by the Olympics so it may be something around sports… you’ll have to wait and see.