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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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.

 

2018 Blog Plans

2017 ended fairly strangely, certainly the hospital trip and general business at work kept me from being as productive as I would have liked.

That was the past so after the extended break I think I’m ready to delve back into my Sunday updates. Art, gaming and the like.

To start 2018 off a quick look back on my art from then to now 🙂

One of the first bits of art I updated in Sept 2014 ( I dont think I ever finished this sketch)

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My first attempt at watercolors (tip:dont use student paints or brushes, they make your life much harder) (feb 2015)

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First landscape with the kids crayons 😀 (jun 2015)

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With inktober I had a big discovery of acrylic inks, still one of the mediums I have a lot of fun with. During inktober I was working on a charcoal drawing as well.2015-10-06 21.06.37

My Young Dwarf Hunter sketch. (Lots of errors in this but I like the crows still!)

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lakeside dusk

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And the first Acrylic Painting I did in November 2016

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Its good to remind myself that I have been painting with acrylics for a year or so now, I’m always looking to improve but also need to accept I’m a beginner on a very long journey.

Last years final inktober picture:

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And last completed painting:

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And finally, my WiP:

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Thank you to everyone who took the time to come along with my journey over the past 3 years.

 

Merry Xmas and Happy New year to all!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taking Shape

In between the craziness of life I manage to progress my painting a little. I was out most of the weekend with family things so the normal block of art time I have disappeared and I also re-discovered the fun of Diablo III which didn’t help at all!

I picked up a new black paint so my limited palette is now complete…well I could do with a sap green and a raw sienna but I can make do.

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WiP Continues!

I have been attempting to increase the amount of painting time I get, cramming in 20 min here and there in an effort to improve my work and get into a good painting habit.

Long ago with writing during #NanoWrimo I realized that time didn’t make itself free, you have to cram in whatever you really want to do and push out a space for it, so its not surprising that the same is true of art.

Aside from teaching my kids a little more about painting (or as much as I know about the basics!) I managed to progress my current work.

Next month I’m going to challenge myself to a paint a picture each day so that should be interesting.

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Floodland and Blues

I finished a larger bit of work, inspired by the fact that the entire area I live in had enough rain over the weekend to flood the rivers and turn the low lying areas back into the swampland they came from.

Still going with the ink on canvas although I did splash into green and reds to capture the feel I was going for.

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And I continued onward in the blue and whites:

Bamboo at the waters edge

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Zombie hand (okay it wasnt exactly planned that way but happy accidents and all)

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Raven landing

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