The Frame Game

I’ve been having a sort out in the studio.  This is always dangerous to my bank account, as I clear out brushes that need replacing, dried up tubes of paint that need replacing and creased paper or damaged canvases…that need replacing!

It didn’t stop there, I started looking at paintings that I haven’t got round to framing and decided that one or two, or three would look more presentable if they were.  This is always a tricky decision for artists. Should you leave them frameless so that the buyer can choose a suitable frame according to their tastes or interiors.  Or do you bite the bullet and invest in a frame to give the artwork a finished feel and ‘ready to hang’ option?

Well, after biting the bullet, here are some before and afters to let you see the difference.

 

King of the Jungle

‘King’ is my latest acrylic painting and I think I must be going through a zoo phase.  Following on from chimps at Edinburgh Zoo, I recently took a lot of reference photos of animals at the Loro Parque Zoo in Tenerife, during a holiday on the island.

The result is this portrait of a slightly sad looking but still strong animal who seems to be telling us that wherever he is placed, he will always be a King of the jungle.

‘King’ acrylic on canvas

TAE18

This year’s Twitter Art Exhibition in aid of Pegasus Riding For The Disabled is taking place in Canberra, Australia from 7-29 April 2018 (extra details can be found on the TAE18 website).

So with that thought in mind, I set out to paint a little French Bulldog on a postcard size piece of mountboard. He’s called ‘Ozzie’ and he’ll be up for sale along with several hundred other postcards that artists around the globe are donating

Hope he sells and helps raise funds for this great cause.

New Year, Fresh Start

Happy New Year!  The start of the year means looking ahead with hope, anticipation and enthusiasm.  2016 was a bit of a tough one for me, so it’s time to move forward and hope 2017 will be better.  I’m sure I’m not the only person feeling this way.

With that in mind, I plan to be more productive with my artwork and also try to get it “out there” in the big wide world. 

As Jim Royle once said in Caroline Aherne’s brilliant TV comedy series ‘The Royle Family’, “Those dishes won’t do themselves, Barb” – of course, this will leave you puzzled if you are reading this outside the UK!!  It just means, if you want to get a job done, get on with it.

So without further ado, here are a couple of progress stage & completed paintings I can now reveal, that were commissioned for Christmas gifts, as I sign off for the time being and get cracking on some new work.

👋🏻🤓🎨

‘Suzie’

Here’s a recent acrylic portrait of my brother-in-law’s beloved Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Suzie.  She is a sweet natured little Staffie and had a tough start in life, but has now found her forever home and is showered with love.  I find it a little frustrating that this breed gets such a bad press in the media as the majority don’t deserve the reputation they receive, it’s usually down to bad handling and/or a lack of training.

The image was taken from a photo of Suzie sat looking out of a window into strong sunlight and I loved the way her eyes and coat shone.  The taupe background and slightly offset composition was chosen to concentrate the viewer’s eye on the subject.  I think I’m going to use this composition again, just need to choose another supermodel now!