Friday, July 25, 2008

60 x 75 cm
Mixed Media on Canvas

Original Now Sold

I will be exhibiting at Bramaer Gallery in Springwood from the 19th September through to the 5th of October - and , like last years exhibition, I will be sharing the three rooms of the gallery with another female artist. I hope to exhibit around 15 works - many of them new (fingers crossed).

Anyway - here is the first painting - more to come.

I have also included the sketch to show the differences between a spontaneous 30 second drawing and the overall outcome in painted form. It's interesting that no matter how rough the sketch the essence of the image is always stronger (to me) in the sketch then the painting.

Even though I am happy with the outcome of this painting - and the sweetness of it - I see more of what of what I would have liked in the sketch. Mainly in the appearance of the girl herself.

In the sketch she seems more unconscious - more led along her path by something else, less in control of where she's going. I see that in the angle of her head and in the drooping of her shoulders. How her arms tuck into her body - and the flow of the body in general.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

I have been really behind with all of my commissions - but here is the first of a few more to come. This one was for Peta - and below is a picture of the stages of it's growth.

50 x 50 cm
Mixed media on Paper

Friday, July 11, 2008

I've always loved the name Gabriel and of course I am drawn to the Archangel also. People keep asking me if I have any work with boys starring in them and I must say I don't have many. My boys always end up looking like girls anyway. So here finally is a girlish looking melancholy boy called Gabriel. He's on a journey I guess, away from his base - his home, he has a companion for only a part of the way and then he's on his own for whatever the next phase awaits.

On researching the Archangel Gabriel - (after I did the majority of the painting ) I discovered that his colour is blue, that he carries a trumpet (which I then added), and sometimes a lily. He is often associated with the feminine side - with water, the moon, intuition, psychic ability, prophecies, visions and dreams.

He is also known as the guide for unborn souls during the gestation period. Oddly one of my original sketches of this painting had a pregnant women in the background before I changed it to the current composition. It's funny how you key into universal symbols without even realizing whilst sketching.

Anyway it's all so sweet I think. I hope you like it as well.

50 x 60cm ( 20 x 24 inches)
Mixed media on canvas