Painting Away, Last Weeks of May

It has taken a bit of effort over the last 22 days to keep painting and I am very happy to say that I have managed to beat myself into some sort of routine which I will allow me to focus more on my art going forward.

That being said I’m sure I do not want to produce a picture every day but work on art most days is a definite goal.

Sorry I’m posting this one day later than normal, life got in the way (we are house hunting).

As a side note I have set up a Buy me a Coffee site, its not got a lot there but I wasn’t looking to use it to grow support just allow anyone who already followed/liked my art to help in buying art supplies.

And feel free not to too, this is a hobby not my full time employment after all ūüėÄ

https://www.buymeacoffee.com/WMrOIZXYV

So with today’s painting first, here is the art since I last posted:

22 May

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21st May

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20th of May

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19th of May

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18th of May

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17th of May

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16th of May

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Holiday Sketching

I’ve been off work for the last 5 days which has been fantastic for R&R and a bit better for art work. Family keep me busy but in some breaks I managed to potter about working on improving various aspects of my art.

I should be able to pickup the main canvas for my Jade Forest painting soon which will be nice and then its going to be sometime working on that. In the mean time I am keeping up my sketching at work and home.

With the end of summer its always hit and miss as to how much sun will be out for painting but so far we have been spoiled for nice days, long may it continue!

Bamboo Sketch

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Playing with Grass

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Dino Line Art for my Kids.

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Water-color style Jade Forest

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Blue Ink Forest

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Blocking and Detailing

Its been nine hour work days at the moment so by the time I get home from work its straight into dinner prep and kid wrangling which has left precious little time for any art.

I’m sure that as they get older my free time will return but for now art and writing and gaming time takes a back seat.

At the end of March there is an exhibit I have been invited to show a few pieces of work at and I did want to try finish one or two new bits before then but we will see.

Next post I’ll put up a short list of works and take a vote on what people think I should frame and display.

Anyway, I managed to block and detail a little of this work.

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Exciting Arrivals & Tabletop Map Fun

So on the 22nd of February 2011 at 12:51 p.m. local time (23:51 21 February UTC) we all had a life changing earthquake registered 6.3 on the Richter scale. The city is still in ruins, although a lot of rebuild has been made its a long process.

Below is a link to the wiki article

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_Christchurch_earthquake

Since then its been a fairly glum day for a lot of us, however this year it changed with the arrival of my grand-daughter,¬†¬†Ellodie.¬† I’ve yet to meet her in person but the photo’s are adorable and my son & daughter to be are settling in nicely to the role of dad and mum.

It now will be a lot happier 22nd of Feb around here, although the events will not be forgotten, they are for us, eclipsed by the happiness.

The week itself was consumed with life events, above and others but I did manage to make a tabletop rpg map for a new game I’m starting to run on Wednesday nights. I also picked up a pure red and cobalt blue paint that should increase my ability to make purple (due to the hues in my other red all I get is brown)

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Sunset over Hills – WiP

I had some time to start my next painting – still a bit to go on this but here is the work in progress. Trying to capture the harsh light at sunset, as well as gloom that is encroaching on the land.

Also working on some techniques around blending, softening edges with a dry brush overlay and painting in a sightly different style.

So from start to current below:

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blocking in

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more blocking and some detailing

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Adding details now

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the camera actually makes it look a lot lighter than it is, but even so its conveying the general feeling I want from the work.

Should be able to finish it over the next week or two depending on how much detailing I feel is needed.

 

Cute WoW Kitten and Ink Sketches.

My good friend Clare and I entered a competition over at http://girlsgonewow.net/ for a tshirt design. We put in a silhouette of WoW characters waving across the painting of Teldrassil Forest which I painted some time ago.  The lovely hosts EJ and Raven (@totally_ej & @SilkyRaven on twitter ) picked our design out for mugs which turned out really amazingly!!

 

The original Painting:

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Did make me want to go back and do a repaint of this, see how my skills (I hope) have grown.

You can check out the physical mugs at https://www.zazzle.co.uk/z/ok2do

As a prize I received the super cute kitten below, screen shot with my holy priest.  A big thanks to the lovely hosts for such a neat gift.

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And shes a lap cat!

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Outside of gaming I managed to complete the following quick sketches. Keeping on practicing and working away at improving my art as much as possible.

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End of the Holidays

Well the last Sunday before work has arrived. As I was on call through out the xmas break it doesn’t really feel as jarring as it normally does, although to be fair I don’t feel as rested as I normally do either.

I took the twins out to the local quarry,¬† its long closed and been replanted as a nature reserve full of walking tracks both around the quarry and above it in the hills. Its lovely and I spent a lot of time taking photo’s of trees as reference stock.

Goal for 2018 is to try to get more details in my work and to branch out into painting other things, more people, plants, fantasy etc.

I finished the painting I was working on, mostly happy with it and also completed a quick ink sketch.

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