Thursday, 31 January 2013

22. Jamaica: Bluefields Beach, Day 30

Seascape, oil on panel, 5.5" x 6".
Well, it's Day 30, the final day of Leslie Saeta's '30x30' challenge but I could only complete  20 paintings - several posted in haste before rushing off to work.  I am so glad the challenge ended on my day off as it's given me the chance to spend a couple of hours on this last piece.  Before going any further, I must thank Leslie for setting this challenge and encouraging us through it; I have learned so much more about painting and also about what is possible!  Thank you also to each of you who took part; I am in awe of your fabulous artwork.
We pass Bluefields Beach going to and from Montego Bay and I find I have to take yet another photograph of it every time so I have a few images from different angles. 
I also love photographing and painting the coastline around Black River, St Elizabeth (where my late parents lived) - there are several beautiful beaches in JA.  I have just completed a 36"x48" (portrait format) painting from some photographs I took of Negril Beach back in 2005.  My cousin recently sent me some amazing photographs of Port Antonio and surrounds (the eastern side of Jamaica) which are gorgeous additions to my supply.  The great thing about painting JA is that the required colour palette is much brighter than the one I use for UK scenes so it helps me forget it's cold, grey and wet outside.

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

21. Happy Day

Digital iPad painting using layers in ArtStudio.
So many people are having a rough time at the moment.  This is to cheer you and wish you a better day today.  <3

20. Hasty Apple

Still life, oil pastel on Pebeo canvasboard, 4" x 4".
Knocked out in haste.  :)

Monday, 28 January 2013

19. Jamaica Beach Study

Seascape, oil on panel, 4" x 4"
I like doing these little studies using the many, many photos I have taken of beautiful Jamaica over years.

18. Munsell Colour Chart

Oil on panel, 4" x 4"
This is my preferred colour scheme in all media.

17. Winnie for Poppy

Digital iPad Painting.

This is a quick and sketchy iPad painting based on a large acrylic painting I did for a Christmas gift for a little girl called Poppy.  This was done in haste so the poppies are floating out of the picture.  Tut! Tut! :D

Friday, 25 January 2013

16. Blue Abstract

Digital Painting on iPad using the iPastels app.
I've been fiddling about with this but decided to finish it today. :)

15. The 'S' Word

Digital iPad painting using the Procreate app (pastel brush).
"Just as rain and snow descend from the skies and don't go back until they've watered the earth, doing their work of making things grow and blossom, producing seed for the farmers and food for the hungry..."  (The Message Bible.)
It's difficult to switch on the TV these days and not hear of the damage being done by snow.  Now that it has melted, there is the awful threat of flooding.  Even though I fell quite badly on the snow and ice a week or so ago, I wanted to do something positive relating to snow.

I have a 'day job' so it is not possible to spend hours painting which is why many of these are done quickly on my iPad - it cannot compare to the lovely feel and texture of paint but I really appreciate having it.  Well done to all you who have worked so hard keeping up with the 30x30 challenge and many thanks to Leslie Saeta.

Thursday, 24 January 2013

14. Yellow

Still Life, Digital Painting on iPad using the ArtStudio app and a stylus.

13. Daffs

Still Life, Digital Painting on iPad using the ArtStudio app and a stylus.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

12. Super Soup


Still Life, Digital Painting on iPad using the iPastels app and a finger! :D

Monday, 21 January 2013

11. Very Red Apple


Still Life, Digital Painting on iPad using the iPastels app and a stylus.

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Sunday, 13 January 2013

8. Docked

I spent way too long on this!  Digital Painting on iPad using the ArtStudio app and a stylus.

Saturday, 12 January 2013

7. Freckles 2 - Negative Painting

Second painting converting a positive image into a negative painting. Acrylic ink on panel using a ruling pen, 5.5" x 6".

6. Freckles - Negative Painting 1

First attempt at converting a positive image into a negative painting.  (The source image was from a magazine but her nostrils were not that large!)  Acrylic ink on panel, 5.5" x 6".

Thursday, 10 January 2013

4. Sunny Stockwood Park

Landscape, Digital Painting on iPad using the ArtStudio app and a stylus.

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Sunday, 6 January 2013

Friday, 4 January 2013

1. My Blue Shoes

These shoes were my first post on our illustration blog back in 2010 and, as I still like the drawing, I have decided to start with them again here on my personal blog.  (They look a bit more 'comfy' these days!)