Sean Cheetham - self-portrait
I like this guy’s painting but this one is particularly inspiring. I love how waxy the glazing makes it look.
Preparing tiny paintings for “Small is beautiful” show in a couple of weeks…! These are all 9cm tall! #painting #oilpainting #miniature #sleep #nature
Five hours into this dress… what was I thinking? Excited about finishing though :)
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Today I thought I’d share a little step by step process. This one is of my painting “still life with flowers” that was recently exhibited at the Threadneedle Prize in London.
I used to use the traditional coloured ground method for my paintings on canvas (where you cover the whole canvas in the mid-toned colour before painting over it, so you already have your overall tonality) but since starting to work on wood I like to work straight on the white background. The ground on wood shows through more than on canvas, because it does not give way under the brush. I love the transparency one can get within each stroke.
I first do a wash drawing, quite carefully done as this is the foundation the whole painting lays on. In my quest for a more spontaneous feel in my figurative work I tried doing the drawing quickly but found it does not work.
Spontaneous does not mean sloppy, I learnt! If anything you need to think more and be more careful before each stroke, because you do not want to go over it and lose the freshness.
I then paint area by area, wet in wet.
Once the whole picture is there I then go back over a bit of everything, correcting value or colour relationships, and mostly, details. I use thicker paint for the lights, to make them pop out.
And here it is, all done! If you’re curious about anything don’t hesitate to ask :)
found a bunch of tiny frames at the flea market last Sunday. In other words : miniature painting series coming right up! (the round one is a full piece of wood. Already started gessoing it :))
I do wonder why it is that whatever you are working on as an artist, inspiration always seems to be ahead of you. First comes the idea, then its realisation; but a new idea always comes before you are done with the previous one. It always feels like it’s a much better one, too - a constantly renewed “eureka!” that -in my case- makes me want to put everything I have done so far to the trash and start anew.
I suppose it is better than to have no ideas at all. But I do wish my trash impulses weren’t quite as strong!