Sunday, July 30, 2006

St Bathan's Range (Last week's pic)

Only got one pic done last week, due to commitments and illness etc. Hope to do better this week. Sorted through the photos I took when down in Wanaka back in March, and here's the first painting from them (uploaded two photos since I can't remember which is the most accurate representation):

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Another Mt Tasman

I had limited time last night, so rather than muck around finding a new subject, I painted a variation of my previous picture, using a different pallette and playing around with the contours a bit. I think I prefer my previous attempt, but this one is still quite good by my standards :)

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Mt Tasman completed

Going for more of an oil-painting look this time, with mainly hard edges. I really like the way this one has come out :)

Tuesday, July 18, 2006




Monday, July 17, 2006

Mountains everywhere!

Finished the Darfield pic, and enjoyed it sufficiently that I decided to do another couple in the same vein... unfortunately the pictures are a little out of focus, since my digital camera isn't cooperating (takes photos but records them completely black :P) and I'm still learning to drive my brother's camera :O

Thursday, July 13, 2006

"Rebirth" completed

This is a variation on an earlier painting, since I have been expropriated of the original...

"Snowy Darfield" completed

My first attempt at doing mountains, which I've wanted to do for a while because I love the contrast that appears when light hits them from the right angle so that the contours become quite stark. The colours are more natural than they've come out here, plus I'm going to do some fore-ground work when I get time...

Monday, July 10, 2006

"Autumn Trees" completed

Another brooding pic. I exaggerated the fore-shortening (?) of the trees in an attempt to give a strong impression of looking up towards the sky, and tried to make the sky look dark and uninviting.

... darkened up the edges a bit to emphasise the tunnel-like effect
of the light through the trees. Also darkened the rocks a bit.

"Stormy seas" completed

I've been doing a lot of warm happy stuff lately, so decided to attempt something a bit more brooding with this one by using cooler colours and trying to give the impression of a mist/haze. Had a go at a different way of representing trees very simply too, which I like the results of :)

Sunday, July 09, 2006




Getting closer to that break-even point ;) Well really, it's already mildly profitable, but it'll be great once I've covered the cost of all my gear and materials :)

"Twilight Voyage" Completed

The initial plan was to finish this off by adding a pier and some distant land masses, but after putting in the skay and water, it already felt nice and balanced, so I finished it off instead by adding a couple of seagulls to provide a point of high contrast and make the painting look a little less empty. I think it works quite well :) Unfortunately the photo again hasn't really shown how smoothly the wet-in-wet sky has blended together, but never mind...

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

"Sunburst" completed

Tried to be a bit bolder with colours this time... as a result the brush work looks more like acrylic than water-colour, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Not what I initially had in mind, but decided just to go with it when that's how it started to evolve...