Market Square

Market Square – Poland, acrylic and artist pen on canvas, 90cm x 30cm, SOLD

Market

Excuse the image of my oven in the background – the kitchen was the only place bright and big enough to get a good picture of this! Finally finished this last night and I’m really happy with the final piece – hopefully more request will follow for similar commissions🙂

Poland town – WIP (still!)

My plan was to have this finished by the end of the weekend but here I am at 11.30pm on Sunday night and yep…still some houses to go! The reason is pure laziness, nothing else, and I’m still really not sure about how it looks overall with the style I’ve gone for and I’m worried it still looks juvenile.


I am, however, LOVING the overlapping of colours and fixing everything with black pen. I feel like black ink or paint can fix anything!

I WILL have this done by Wednesday morning if for no other reason than the canvas is taking up a lot of space, and I have other commissions which are sorely late!

Poland Town – WIP

I’ve been rather quiet of late, trying to sort some things out in my personal life. I was also really scared to make a proper start on this current commission as I had no idea how to make what was in my head appear on the canvas!

IMG_20160710_234113This is the piece in it’s current state. It is still not 100% how I wanted it to look, but I’m happy with the progress. I’ve gone for a layered paint look, using thin layers so the watercolour affect on the background is still visible. I’m then using sketchy outlines on all details for a loose but expressive look.

It’s oddly not taking me that long to complete this, so I’ll be aiming to have this complete by the weekend. Looking forward to seeing it complete and moving onto my next project!

Making a splash and going abstract

I’m feeling really fortunate at the moment with my commissions that all clients are asking for completely different things, allowing me to stretch my creativity as far as I can, and hone my skills.

A friend at work asked me to do a piece for his girlfriend, who is from Poland, of the famous market square, which boasts an array of really brightly coloured buildings. He didn’t want something boring though, and used ‘splashy’ as a description for what he wanted. Straight away I started thinking about a very sketched look for the details, not worrying about shading, 3D tones, etc. and set about completing the below rough sketch for him.

20160609_131445Luckily, this was exactly what he was thinking! I’m really looking forward to cracking on this piece and think this may lead to other, similar style pieces as the background and colour usage is something that is so simple and easy to apply to pretty much any subject.

Getting my ‘draw’ on

Historically I have never been a drawer. As in, I don’t ever draw, unless I have a piece to do. In most cases, I won’t even attempt to draw out what the piece will be until I am putting pencil to paper or canvas on the final piece itself.

I’ve read about some artists never sketching their ideas out before they start a piece but in most cases, they tend to draw a lot normally, honing their skills and passing the time. But I have never been one of these people…until now.

4th-june-2016As I want to not only improve my drawing skills, but also work towards doing more illustration work, I have been trawling through magazines for images that I can use as references – and the harder, the better. I need to start pushing myself. Just because I can’t draw a good face today doesn’t mean I won’t be able to in a months time, it all just takes practice. So I have been doing some form of drawing – whether on a final piece, a prep for a piece or just for fun – every single day for the past 6 days and I feel so inspired!

I have a few commissions to get out of the way which won’t be quick pieces as they are all canvas paintings, but come August (when my marketing courses are done as well) I will have so much more time and I will be aiming to complete 1.5 pieces per week.

Here goes!

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