Sunday, 12 May 2019

Busy with Brush in Hand.

Since my last post I have been busy most days getting as much artwork completed as possible due to art exhibitions. The first was in Trimingham and then the one that is just a week away is Pensthorpe in Norfolk. So time to catch up and show what I have been up to, a lot of the work has been completed on different wood which has been popular.
 A couple of Stoat portraits, the one below was for my brother.

 These coaster sized discs portray Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Blue Tit and Kingfisher.

 I like to get back to the moths when ever I can, this one went to a Gallery along with this Pheasant which took me a long time to finish, the colours of the bird changed as it wrapped around the body, hard work but worth it.

 The bark just adds to the subject on this one of a Nuthatch.
 Spanish Moon Moth and a couple of cheeses with British butterflies on.

 I have been wanting to have a go at a Waxwing for some time so I was happy to get this one completed.
 Puffins, this one was painted on paper this time, then back to the wood with a couple of cropped in butterflies.


 I took the photograph of this Swallow which I recreated on a beautiful piece of wood.
 Moths on paper, these are Garden Tiger and a Swallowtailed Moth.

 More moths on paper for Pensthorpe, a Brimstone moth and a Barred Sallow.
 I then went for something totally different, I thought about doing a compilation of birds of one species a on slender piece of wood to have a hook and wall mount attached for key hangers.
Above is Sparrows, below are finches,
 then thrushes,
 a second set of finches,
 and my last piece just finished comprises Hawkmoths. I am also in the process of a commission piece for a friend of his Pug, but that will stay under wraps until it's finished. So there you have it, a lot of hours with brush in hand and a lot of artwork.


Friday, 1 February 2019

New Work and Rewarding Sales from Glandford.

 It has been a while since posting my latest work, gratefully it has been non-stop and a lot of my work has been sold or was a commission piece. I had some wood art pieces on show and for sale at Birdscapes Gallery in Glandford Norfolk, I was very pleased to of sold 5 of the 7 pieces there indeed.
So lets get onto what I have been painting. Firstly I did a couple of works of a bird I saw along at Salthouse last year, a Stejneger's Stonechat which had to await a DNA result to confirm it was of this species, a real rarity of a bird with only a few records for the country.
 I next painted a quick portrait of a great bird seen in my own village, a Richards Pipit.
 It was straight back to dog portraits again, with a 2nd Sussex Spaniel for the same owner as the previous one and then a Springer Spaniel due to so many people asking for a card design of one.

 I then ventured back to using cut pieces of wood with bark edging. Because I did so well at the Birdscapes Gallery I now needed to get some more work completed to replace them. 
This first small piece is of a Bank Vole. 
 This is a bigger piece of a Red Kite, the shape of the wings fitted just right around the knot.

 This Kingfisher was snapped up straight away when I had finished it.
 The Grey Partridge was a tricky one with its complicated wing feathering.
 Back to Kingfishers again, this was a bigger piece than the last one, I set about making it look perched on the knot.
 Bringing me now to my latest finished piece, a commission piece of a Robin painted on a specific piece of wood supplied by Anne & Ivan whom commissioned me to do it, so different and fun painting on the wood, and I have lots of prepped wood to carry on with more.

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Hawkmoth Project Completed.

 As I said in my last post, I was going to start on a project depicting Hawkmoths, and it is now complete. It was a decent sized piece of wood I worked on so I painted the moths a fair size.
 First up was the Convolvulus Hawkmoth, a very large moth that I only saw for the first time this year.
 Next up were two Hawkmoths but of the same species, the Elephant Hawkmoth.

 It was then onto a Poplar Hawkmoth.
 Followed by a Privet Hawkmoth.
 Just 2 more to go, Lime Hawkmoth up next and I love these cammo coloured moths.
 And last of all the Pine Hawkmoth.
 And here is the finished piece, really enjoyed painting these moths, before completing the Pine Hawkmoth I moved onto a commission painting of a Sussex Spaniel, once that was prepped and started I switched back to the Pine Hawkmoth. Sussex Spaniel is coming along well, check out my Instagram account to see the progress : Hairyartist67

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Fur & Feathers

Wryneck
 Here is the finished Wryneck piece that I mentioned I was going to do in the last post, really intricate feather patterning on these birds but such a lovely bird. My latest finished drawing/painting of "Ella" the German Shepherd, I used mixed media on this piece, but mostly coloured pencil. A large wooden artwork is presently being prepped for the next piece, this one will comprise 6 different Hawkmoth species.
Ella

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Taken Over By the Wood

 All of the recent work has been completed on some lovely pieces of wood. I have kept the subjects varied but centred around being popular birds/animals. The Privet Hawkmoth (above) was hot on the heels of the other moth paintings which really went down well and sold.
I used a similar shaped piece of wood as I did for the Bittern, to complete the Great Spotted Woodpecker (below), I used the knot on the wood as part of the image and placed the woodpecker as it were clinging to it and then a slight shading underneath to give it a 3D sort of effect.

 I used a "cheese cut" piece of sycamore, sanded very smoothly by wife Sarah ( Sarah prep's all the wood I use). The paint seemed to soak in quite a lot in some areas, but each piece of wood is different to work with, but the Grizzly came out really well and fitted perfectly to the shape of the wood. 
 I had had this idea for a owl to be peering around a tree, using the bark on the wood to imitate a real tree, the eyes were tricky but I think they represent the big glossy eyes of a Tawny Owl.
Moving back to animals I got to paint 2 separate Red Squirrels, and once again using the knots of the wood as perches for the squirrels.

 It was straight back to birds and next a Green Woodpecker as an addition to the other woodpecker already done, it was at first awkward trying to get the correct tone of greens for this woodpecker as they are such a lovely colour, but I believe I got a realistic shade for the bird, and the shadowing on this one seemed to really make it stand out.
And my final piece completed has been our very own little girl Elka the French Bulldog. Really chuffed with how she turned out but now it means I have to paint one of our other French Bulldog, Tucker using a similar looking piece of wood. I am loving painting different stuff on these pieces of wood, it's different and each piece has a unique grain and pattern which only gets better when the painting is finished with a varnish. 
New subjects are being sorted as of writing, including hopefully Wryneck (as part of the woodpecker group) Tucker (obviously) Grey Partridge and more Hawkmoths.