I have finished ‘Elation’ which is actually slightly darker in real life. I use Photoshop to try and replicate accurately the colour of the original painting, but in this instance I don’t think it is quite right. I use Photoshop quite a lot to enlarge certain areas of any photos I use such as eyes, mouth or a certain flesh tone and it’s a great tool. In an ideal world I would always paint from life, but a one bedroomed flat and work commitments elsewhere means I just have to resort to photos most of the time. I have much enjoyed this painting and think I will use the triptych effect again at some stage. I also enjoyed the use of a palette knife for the back wall which enlivened what could have been a boring wall.
The size of the painting is 60 x 50 cm/ 24 x 20″ and is up on the website.
On a different note, for anyone in London this weekend, I shall be exhibiting my Line Art paintings at the Affordable Art Fair in Chelsea through Neville Contemporary Art. Line Art is something that I evolved as the complete opposite of my figurative oil paintings – no facial detail ever, acrylic as opposed to oils and always cream figure with strong black outline and a touch of red. These paintings are great fun, affordable and contemporary. I have to be honest and admit I started one of these one night when I was at the stage of not selling my oil paintings and thought, oh sod it, let’s try something completely different ……and the public liked them! I have been very, very lucky to have two strings to my bow.
Now looking forward to starting my next oil painting – I think a cropped figure this time!
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