This oil painting is a more ‘formal’ version of an earlier study of one of Edinburgh Zoo’s chimps called Louis who lives amongst the group in the Budongo Trail at the zoo. I added the wooden platform Louis was perusing the world from and a sky blue background to give a bit of interest, but hopefully the viewer is taken in by the gaze of this wonderful primate. What’s he thinking?
‘Louis’ – Oil on canvas, 30x24cm.
Been a wee while since my last blog so thought I’d share the latest little oil study of a Chimpanzee at Edinburgh Zoo, who I couldn’t walk past without taking a few photos.
I posted this pic on social media and was delighted to be messaged by the Chimp’s keeper – his name is King Louis….the chimp, not the keeper!
I’m now working on a larger canvas version of Louis – hope you like him.
Sometimes, a rubbish day turns into a nice day.
Our village woke up to house alarms battling with the dawn chorus this morning, signalling a power cut which lasted until late afternoon.
This resulted in a mad dash with a friend to the nearest ‘powered up’ café for a caffeine hit and then leaving housework aside (no hoover, washing machine or steam iron in use, yay!) and settling down to paint (no electricity needed, double yay!!).
This little seascape study was the result. As the saying goes ‘When life gives you lemons, make lemonade’!
This cat is not exactly my niece’s cat but she spotted it in the garden of her London flat and sent me the pic. Bengals are a fabulous breed, quite exotic and regal looking. They also make great subjects to paint, all those markings!
This is Dylan, a commission recently completed for a friend’s birthday of her beloved Springer Spaniel. He was great fun to do as he has an amazing rock star hairdo!
Oil on canvas to give a soft, hazy effect.
Well the big old fella has touched down in Vienna and is now safely hanging on his new wall. Lovely to receive feedback and a photo. Happy New Home Magnus 🐮
That’s ‘Magnus’ sold and heading off to his new home – delighted to have a sale, but I’ll sort of miss him!
I’m hoping to start a new avenue of marketing soon, just getting things in place, dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s, and then I can launch it.
One of the tricky parts to creating and selling paintings is probably the simplest….choosing a title on completing the work. This latest one, an oil painting on canvas of a Highland Bull, caused a bit of a brain freeze so I asked for help via social media. This resulted in clever and well thought out suggestions.
The winning title I chose is ‘Magnus’ – a Scottish name meaning ‘Greatness’ – well suited for this big beefcake I think!