|Art by Wendy Cook||
I have had to start yet another one and this one is huge, it's 15x47". All I have done is sketched the dog loosely is graphite pencil and then used raw umber and white to block him in. He isn't drooling it's just where I had the paint very thin and it's run. The back leg is not the right size and nor is the front leg that is nearest the front. All this will be altered as I do it. The other painting from yesterday is drying, those colours take an age to dry so I will have to wait.
I forgot to say this, many, many thanks for all those comments you have sent, they mean a lot you know and are much appreciated. Best wishes Wendyxx
Have done lots more on the clock. Actually I have started this painting all the wrong way around. I should have done the background first and then put the detail in on the rest but, hey ho, I like to make work for myself. I dont know if you can tell yet, this is a clock that has stopped and is on a wall where all the paint is peeling away. As I said yesterday I saw the image in The Sunday Times magazine. It is a clock that is in the former Cass Technical High School Building in Detroit. The school moved out in 2005 leaving the building to decay. What fascinates me in the photograph is the way in which the face of the clock appears to have melted. I have not put the detail of that in yet, it will probably be the very last thing I do. Also the black will take about a week to dry so I will have to leave it until then anyway. Colours used are Viridian, Titanium white, lamp black, light red, raw umber and Prussian blue.
Started this one today. I got the image from The Sunday Times magazine a couple of weeks ago. It is a clock that had a plastic face and that face has melted and has slipped down over the hands. I liked the image because of all the shapes and colours that were in it, hopefully it will turn out alright. So far I have sketched in the image and coloured the black parts of the peeling paint. The back of the clock is blue so I have put that on. The face will probably be done last of all and, hopefully, I will do that with really thick paint and get the paint to slip down. That's what is in my head anyway whether that makes it on to the canvas is another matter.
The golfer is now changing and instead of a golf ball it's going to be the world. Why? Can't do a golf ball, was struggling with all the dimples and getting them right then had this brilliant idea to make it the world.
I think he is finished and I am not going to put any colour into the face or scarf. I will have to say that it does look better in real life than it does on this photo. Colours I have used are light red for the hooded jacket with shading done in raw umber (blended into the red) and raw umber and white blends for the face and scarf. The eyeballs are paynes grey over raw umber and white. This is oil on canvas and is 30"x20".
This painting was fighting me and I was struggling to get it right so I have done things all the wrong way around to what I normally do. I have done the eyes first and normally I would leave them until the end. Now I have done this, I think it will be easier to mark where the brow and eyebrows should be then the rest should fall into place. The eye on the right is well out and the brow is much too round so that will be the next area that I work on. I also have to decide whether or not to colour the face and scarf or to leave it monotone. It's quite spooky looking monotone and I like that. We went shopping for more canvasses today and I have bought 2 for 2 of the paintings that are in my head at the moment, both quite a bit bigger than I normally use, might start those tomorrow.
Definately not one that I am very happy with, it's a constant battle to continue with it. I am mainly fighting with the face, couldn't get the nose right but it's starting to get there now, you cant tell that well on this photo but in reality it's just ok. I will let that dry then I will be adding colour to it on Sunday. Not tomorrow because I have to go over to Coventry to get some canvasses, I'm fed up with using old ones it's not the same has having a new one.
Below I have put pictures of the paintings that are going over to The Kenilworth Festival at the end of next week (Friday). Last year they had 1000 people through the doors of that art exhibition which was incredible, also I came 4th in the public vote which was even more amazing. Fingers crossed that this one's as good.
"Dog" oil on canvas, is 30"x20" and is framed in moulding the same colour as the dog.
"Tango" is oil on canvas, 30"x20" and is framed with a black and silver frame.
"John" is oil on canvas, 30"x20" and is framed in matt black.
I started to work on the scarf and then realised that the nose was in the wrong position. Hence the muddy looking face that's peering out of it. Still mainly working in monotone and this will carry on until it is right. I think I might have to bring the hood down slightly further over the face too but I will wait until I have put in the shadows, it might be ok. I am covered in this red paint that's on here, don't know how I've managed that but never mind, I do look like a proper painter wearing most of it. Not sure when this one will be dry enough to continue working on it, possible in a couple of days. In the meantime I will carry on with the golf painting, which has also been drying. I've got loads of paintings in my head at the moment but just waiting for some more canvasses to arrive so that I can get them started.
I've got some more done with this painting that I started last week. I have put some colour onto the hood and done a little more around the eyes and nose. The next to be done is the scarf around the face. I have to do some more to the eyes because they are not quite right yet but getting there. He also doesn't have any eyebrows yet and once they are on then the face should start to look right. At the end the face will mainly be in shadow rather than showing up as well as this one does.
I hope you all had a good weekend, the usual Bank Holiday weather I fear, never mind it's time off.
I looked today at The Worcester Open site and my painting seems to be in The Pitt Gallery there, if you go to www.worcesteropen.co.uk then click on select tab, click on Pitt and mine is right at the top, it's called "Binned". Looks like they have some excellent work there so I must try and get over there at the weekend if possible to have a look. Also coming up is The Kenilworth Festival, I have to take 3 paintings there a week tomorrow. They are "Dog", "Tango" and "John". Then a week on Friday I'm taking "The Joker" over to The Lock Gallery, Coventry for a Monster Exhibition.