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This is the latest painting that I've been working on, still trying to get citrus fruit to look like it should.  This is oil on canvas and is only 16"x 12".  I started it on Sunday (I think) and have been working on it until today (it's Friday).  The part of the orange peel around the fruit that looks like it is missing will end up being in deep shadow so that's why it looks a bit odd. 

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Here's how the same painting was about 2 days in.  I had started to add the under layers, all darker than they needed to be.  I also worked from the top to the bottom.  I have learn't to do this as I have many ruined cuffs of jumpers etc from leaning in wet paint.  A friend made me a mahl stick to use but I usually only remember it after I've finished.

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That looks a mess doesn't it?  This is the VERY start of the painting.  A sketch that is done in very thin raw umber.  I don't usually use pencil or charcoal for the sketches as it moves too much when I start to add the paint.  After this the raw umber background was done, then started with the colours.

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This is where I am working at the moment, in full view of the public and other artists, yikes.  It is in Regent Court Shopping Centre, Livery Street, Leamington Spa.  Enjoying the environment, it is peaceful and open.  Getting loads of stuff done too so, if you are around in Leamington Spa do pop in.  Here is a little film of a walk around it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oZ7GUA7ETs

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This one is called Coffee Pot and is a work in progress but all I have to do is finish the painting the browns on that cream bit that is there.

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This one is called Pepsi Cans and is also a work in progress.  This has now had 2 layers of paint added.  Both of these paintings are being worked on in the new studio.

 
 
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This is a painting that I have been working on at Gallery 150, Regent Court Shopping Centre, Leamington Spa.  I started off with painting the mange tout and I am now trying to make it look like a plastic bag full of mange tout.  It was quite worrying starting off because the vegtables looked ok and I had to put white paint all over them.  If it didn't work it would have had to end up in the bin.  That would not be good when working in the public eye.  Colours used are raw umber, titanium white and sap green.  There is also 3 layers of sap green on the mange tout. 

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At the start of the day Friday, the first bits of white are added.
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This was the first coat of sap green being added to the underpainting of raw umber and white.
 
 
 
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Was woken up at 6.30am today with my own coughing (the remnants of a cold over Christmas) so got up and decided to start on the 2nd painting that I am doing of Iggy Pop.  The 1st one is full face and there is no point in my putting that on here because you can hardly see it, it's so dark, so I've spared you.  This is just underpainted using raw umber and a small amount of titanium beige, I sketch in these two colours as they dry quite quickly and I like the tones they give. 
Now I am going to ready myself for coffee in Leamington with my freinds.  This is a daily activity as you will probably see if you keep up with the blogs.  See you all later going for a shower.

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Well it's now 4.30pm and this is as far as I have got today.  I'll keep going because I'm quite enjoying it now.  Hope you can see where it's going.

 
 
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This is the painting that I am working on at the moment.  I started with a raw umber wash all over the canvas then a very basic sketch with off white paint.  Once everything is lined up and perspective is kinda right (in my eyes anyway) I will leave that to dry over night before starting with the layers.  Once dry I will start to scumble layers of oil paint, without any medium, in to the portrait to build up depth.  These first layers are usually done just in raw umber mixed with the off white.  The portrait appears to be black and white.  Once this has dried I then start to scumble layers of colour on to the painting.  This painting has got some of it's colour worked in and is now ready for more layers to be added as it is sufficiently dry.  That is what I am about to do so I will update later with todays work.