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Look at the state of it, paintings everywhere.  I have been trying to organise all of the paintings that I am taking to The Newbold Comyn Arms, Newbold Common, Leamington Spa on Sunday for an exhibition called "Art on the Railings".  There will be other artists there with their work so, no doubt, I will be left feeling very inferior again.  I am taking a few that are not framed so those are much cheaper than the framed ones.  I am going to take quite a few so that I can swap them around as and when.  I hope we get lots of visitors because it's for a very good cause, Zoes Baby Hospice.

I cant take any of the latest ones because they are still too wet, I would have quite liked to have taken Samuel L Jackson with me but never mind.  I have printed lots of postcards and some of those have that painting on them. 

Hope you all have a wonderful Bank Holiday weekend and that the weather is kind to you whatever you might be doing.

 
 
 
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This is as much as I'm going to do with this one now, I think if I fiddle with it anymore that will be it.  This is oil on canvas and it measures 30"x20", it is done using only 2 colours and those are lamp black and titanium white.  I wont be getting anymore painting done today because I have to get some domestic chores done, booo!  See you all again tomorrow, I hope, I should have done some of the clock painting tomorrow afternoon. 

 
 
 
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I've now got rid of a lot of the fuzzy bits that were on this portrait.  I need to do a lot more with the highlights but I cant touch them until they are all dry so it will have to stay like this until tomorrow now.  Still only using 2 colours and they are lamp black and titanium white.  I have kind of reverted back to how I used to start paintings with this one,  dont do any sketching at all, straight on to the canvas with lots of blobs of white and then blend in the black.  I did start with a dark backbround though so had to black out the canvas before I started it.

 
 
 
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I am really late putting this on here, that's because, all afternoon I have been researching how to get out of paying a parking ticket that I got whilst going for my coffee earlier in town.  Job done, all I have to do is go and check the offending area and send off the letter. 

I have started yet another paintings because all of the others are so wet and I wont be able to do any work on them for quite a while.  This one is just 2 colours again, lamp black and titanium white and I am hoping to keep it that way.  I want the face to be just emerging from the shadows.  At the moment he seems to have a spotlight on his ear and the ear is the colour that the highlighted parts of the face will end up.  The only reason the face is greyer is because I am blending the white into the black.  Also I haven't started the left eye yet and that fluffy bit down the left hand side of the face will disappear.  I have not sketched this painting at all, I have done it by using splodges of white where there were highlights and just building it up gradually, that's why there is a fuzzy bit down the one side, the perspective was slightly out and I had to reduce down.


Should have some more done tomorrow and will put it on again then.  Toodle-pip!

 
 
 
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Over the weekend, I think it was late on Friday night, I started this little painting of a child.  It is only 12"x10" and painted in oils.  Not sure whether to keep going with it in monotone or to add colour to it.  Close up I dont like it in monotone so it might end up in a colour.  The Ostrich is waiting in the queue to be finished as you can see.  The clock paintings is also still drying, not sure how long that one is going to take before I can do more on it, the paint is so thick. 
That is all I got done really because I went away for Saturday night and didn't get back till later on Sunday (party time).

 
 
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This painting is taking forever, mainly because of it's drying time.  I have used titanium beige on the face and it's really thick.  In fact I squeezed it straight out of the tube and on to the canvas.  I have also put another layer of the green on and edged the black in white to give it the appearance of coming away from the wall.  The numbers will not go on until the very last but they will be there albeit falling all over the place.  The only other thing I did today was paint a canvas white, why?  Sheer frustration again!

 
 
 
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I did this yesterday, it's only 12"x10" and oil on canvas.  It's an attempt at impressionism, the painting is just lots of brush strokes and blobs of paint.  Consequently it's not a good idea to look up close at it (like in this photo).  I only used 2 colours and they were raw umber and white (the usual).  Was toying with the idea of doing some more to it but decided against it, will just leave it like this.

 
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I have done some more work to the clock painting that I started a white back.  I have only been working on the face.  I didn't know whether to do the drips of plastic face as an image or actually use really thick paint.  I have decided on using really thick paint and attempted to hang it on the hands of the clock.  I think it's ok although not too sure as this is not usually how I do things.  The next bit I have going to do is the peeling paint all around the clock.  Around some of the edges of the black paint I have left a very thin strip of no paint at all and this has given the effect of it standing away from the canvas.  A happy accident!!  I like those.

 
 
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Well the Ostrich is coming along now.  I have started to put in very wispy hair all around his head and down his neck.  You can only just see it on the photo but it should become more obvious as time goes on.  Still only using 2 colours in the pallette and they are Titanium white and Lamp black.   This is a very large canvas it is 47" tall and 15" wide.

In a couple of weeks time I am at The Newbold Comyn Arms in Leamington with a load of other artists doing Art on The Railings and I have been trying to think of ways to make a few quid for the charity that it's in aid of whilst I am there.  I thought about doing charcoal or pencil portraits for about a fiver a time.  Trouble is I am not very quick so I have got to really get some practise in to see if I can get reasonable ones done in about 5-10 minutes.  I think it would be a lot of fun to do that but I will have to see how the practise comes along.  This means that you will probably be getting a few sketches appearing instead of the paintings, (that is if I dare show them)!

 
 
 
 
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I've almost finished the golfer's glove painting now.  I have to confess that I couldn't paint a golf ball, couldn't seem to get the dimples right.  I had a rethink and my thoughts turned to the Tiger Woods story and how he did seem to have the "world in his hands" but was doing everything in his power to lose it.  So the golf ball turned into the world and I could do that.  Colours used are Viridian Green, Titanium white, Prussian Blue, Raw Umber.  Just need to put one more highlight in now and that's on the front of the world, then it will be done.

 
 
 
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The daschund has gone, I was not happy with the way that it was working out so I replaced it with this very strange offering.  It's an Ostrich again, everybody's laughing which is a good response.  I am starting to love him too, strangely enough.  This is the under-painting and I have to put all his feathers on.  He is only a young bird so he will be all downy