I’ve been doing a few paintings on small 5” x 7” canvasses recently and enjoying scaling down – the longest side is about the length of a standard pencil. A good excuse to dust off my tiny ‘000’ brushes. The new smaller sizes mean I can offer a lower price for commissions and sales, yay! That is, as long as the subject will fit on a postcard size format! Here’s a couple of recent examples…
We visited the Paisley Art Institute Annual Exhibition last week and wow what a fantastic selection of artwork there is. It was very well attended at the preview and there was a great buzz at the venue. The ex-supermarket location was spacious and well lit with plenty of room to manoeuvre around the viewers.
I was delighted to spot my little pug, sharing wall space with other small paintings by artists I greatly admire. I hope he enjoys his time at this exhibition and maybe, just maybe, he might be lucky enough to find a new home.
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.
Here’s a photo of a recent commission of Dolly, a young golden cocker spaniel who was a delight to paint.
Her owner sent me really good crisp photos to work from, always a bonus!
The best part was getting to meet the model when the client arrived to collect the painting. She’s such a cutie 🐶💕
On Saturday 26 August, it is National Dog Day – celebrating our canine friends all over the world. With that in mind, here is a collection of a few of my paintings of pooches who are awaiting their forever homes… or walls! A mixture of breeds and all lovely characters who make, or have made, our lives just that bit more fun.
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.
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!
Following a change of mind with one of my paintings, I recently took the plunge to swap a safe sky blue colour for a bold purple (my favourite!) colour. I think it makes the subject – a hunk of English Bull Terrier – ‘pop’ forward now. I love subtle, gentle background colours, but just now and again I like to go a bit bananas! See what you think. 🤓
One of the aspects of art and painting that I enjoy, is applying to take part in one or two open art exhibitions which pop up now and again on social media and various websites. My applications aren’t always successful but the hope that they might be, pushes me to “have a go”.
It’s also a useful way of looking at other artists’ paintings and to see the standard of work that’s out there. This can result in feelings of “Why do I even bother?!” or alternatively, “Oh, my stuff isn’t too bad then”.
I’ve given myself a goal of entering three exhibitions a year and if I make it through to any of them, well, you never know where it may lead!
This painting is being entered into the RGI (Royal Glasgow Institute) open art exhibition being held this Autumn. Wish me luck!
This is similar to a previous painting of mine, but I love the composition (and the model!) so decided to paint her again from a slightly different angle and a reverse/mirror image. I haven’t come up with a title yet…suggestions would be very welcome.