I'm currently painting 10,000 acres of walls, ceilings, skirting boards, a huge bookcase and a staircase for the foreseeable future, following considerable renovations going on around my studio. So, I am, as usual, watching paint dry, but this sort of drying paint is very definitely boring. In the meantime, here are two more commissioned paintings until my return next year when I get to watch the sort of paint I love to watch drying again...can't wait!
This was a commissioned painting for Christmas of the River Coln in May at Coln St.Aldwyns, a beautiful Gloucestershire village in the heart of the Cotswolds. The composition was a composite of various requisites; the Church 'moved' slightly to be in view, sheep grazing in the mid-distance, a pair of Swans grooming on the far bank and a pair of Mallards swooping in from stage right to alight upon the water.
Donkey portrait, Pastel on Pastelmat, 10 x 7.5 inches
This again was a commission for Christmas. I was going to put in a fence post and cross-piece at the request of the customer, but being on such a small scale I felt the inclusion of them would have spoilt the composition and provided too much for the eye to concentrate on, so I omitted them at with the client's agreement. Pastel is a great medium for depicting animal fur and lends itself to this sort of portrait. Note the inclusion of some counterchange throughout the painting - light against dark and the reverse, which always helps to make the whole more interesting.