Sunday, December 4, 2011

Cyclist in the making ....

....something I have never painted before.....
The original photo I was given to work from was just a road race scene.

I decided to start with a neutral background and then add earthy tones to the sketch.
I like leaving some of the sketch showing through in the final work.
The red accents just add a bit of colour to brighten things up! 

Although the bike was a challenge to paint (for a non-cyclist), it was quite a fun commission to do.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Palette - a painting?

This is a photo taken of my used palette!

I use black polystyrene containers to mix my acrylic paints and sometimes, the abstract leftovers are much more interesting than the actual painting!

I then cut out the interesting parts before they get thrown away,and use them as a starting point for the next new painting, using the colours as a starting point.

This gives me a defined few colours with which to start. In the next blog I will show how this was added to a painting.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Richard Hawley

Richard Hawley
This is a quick sketch I did of Sheffield singer and songwriter Richard Hawley.
He has THE most amazing voice....go and listen

His songs have great meaning for me and listening to the words of his songs while I am painting is the best therapy ever!

There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life…Music and cats - Albert Schweitzer

Thursday, September 22, 2011

I'm digital!

For an artist this is quite an accomplishment, not being the techi type and still struggling to keep up with changes in technology. But I am an expert at googling, so I am not a technophobe.

So what is this blog about? Well, DarkArt is my art company, my passion, what I spend most of my time on, DarkArt is me. So I will talk about art, inspiration, frustration, successes and inevitable failures, like painting over the same canvass 4 times. Also follow me on facebook

Oh, and about cats, my other passion in life. I am breeding Russian Siberian forest cats, and my studio is always full of cats. Follow Studio-Cats on facebook for the latest on feline activity in the art space.