Thursday, 5 January 2017

working on closeup 20

working on closeup 20

 A small snippet of a painting featuring the sea and sea shore meeting.... 
Artist Martin Davey with coastal closeup art WIP
At work on seascape oil painting

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Winter Hilliers Garden oil painting WIP

Winter Hilliers Garden oil painting WIP


Martin davey WIP art garden lake hillier Hampshire
WIP Hillier Gardens at winter oil painting

This picture shows three stages of a recent painting done that depicts a lake during a bright and sunny winters day. The location is Hilliers gardens, near to Romsey, in the county of Hampshire. The lake is probably the centerpiece of the gardens and provides a wonderful view any time of the year and has been painted by myself a number of times.
In the first panel can be seen the line drawing done in brown acrylic paint on a red acrylic ground or wash. The second panel shows dark colours and tones applied using acrylic paint to show the relative positions of colours and helps to assess the overall balance of the painting. The colours are kept dark as they act as a 'underpainting' level for the next level, as shown in the last panel which shows the finished painting. Here the final, tonally correct colours are applied, in this case in oils as I find that this 'natural' subject suits the medium of oils well. The finished painting can be seen in detail here.
#painting #Hampshire #Hilliers #WIP #garden

Friday, 23 December 2016

Beach groin with autumn waves oil painting

Beach groin with autumn waves oil painting

M P Davey artist beach autumn art
Beach Groin with autumn waves- oil 16" x 12"
This painting was finished in early December 2016 and shows a view of a large wooden groin on the sandy beach at Bournemouth, Dorset on the south of England coast. The beach is largely empty so the dominant noise is the sea crawling up the wet sand and the waves brushing along the damp wooden groin. It is set during autumn and is based on a photo taken a number of years previously. It measures 16" x 12" and is painted in oils on an acrylic under-painting, done on stretched paper. The finished painting can be seen clearly here.
#beach #artist #Bournemouth #oilpainting #seaside

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Artwork for end of year 2016

Artwork for end of year 2016

Martin davey snow covered forest with horse and cart painting
Winter scene with castle - digital painting
 This small (960 x 1280px) picture was digitally painted as a small project on my Samsung Galaxy tablet using the  'Auto Desktop Pro' art app. The programe responds to pen pressure input through the tablets built in 'Wacom' pressure sensitive screen, enabling painting on the device. The only part done outside of the app was when the image was exported and placed in Photoshop where the type was added on a PC. I have used the app for some sketching from life outdoors during the summer and sometimes for roughing out ideas, where the image would be exported to Photoshop to be refined in to a finished painting. This example is the first time that a painting has been finished (as much is practical) on the tablet. 
The scene was not expected to be a Christmas card for followers on social media, but as it was finished a few days before and had a suitable subject, it was made so.

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Beach groin with autumn waves oil painting WIP

Beach groin with autumn waves oil painting WIP

beach WIP artist M P Davey oil paint
WIP oil painting beach groin Bournemouth
The photo show work in stages of an oil painting showing a wooden groin situated on Bournemouth beach, Dorset, on the south coast of England. The time of year is autumn so the light is not as powerful a few months later on the deserted beach.
The first panel shows an orange acrylic wash on paper with the drawing applied with brown acrylic paint. In the second panel, 'underpainting' has taken place in which darker versions of the final colours are applied, using acrylic paint, which then acts as a base for the final, finished paint application. This final stage is shown in the final panel where the final detailed paint application is done in oil paint rather than acrylic paint in this case. I felt that oils suit natural subjects and help with colour blending and creating the feeling of natural light. Acrylics works well for man made subjects, for instance architecture.
The final finished painting can be seen here
#beach #WIP #artist #oilpainting #Bournemouth

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Southampton Bursledon Brickworks open day ART WIP

Southampton Bursledon Brickworks open day ART WIP


Martin davey artist hampshire Burlsedon oil painting
Bursledon Brickworks open day painting WIP stages
This panel shows an oil painting in stages, done in 2011. It features a scene at the Bursledon Brickworks, just outside of Southampton, in Hampshire, during an open day. A number of privately owned steam traction engines would be invited for display at the open weekend to join ones held by the brickworks on its premises, a heritage industrial museum.
In the first panel can be seen the basic line drawing done in brown acrylic paint on top of a brown 'base' wash. The second panel show further development with a wash using diluted oil paint to fill in basic tones and base colours. The final panel shows the finished art using oil paint straight out of the tube (undiluted). There would have been approx a weeks drying time between stage two and three.
The painting is done on a stretched canvas measuring 20” x 16”.
The finished painting can be seen here.
 #Southampton #Bursledon #steam #brickworks #painting

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

working on closeup 18

working on closeup 18

A small snippet of a marine based oil painting of a Dorset beach.... 
painting WIP Martin davey ocean waves groin
WIP of groin on Bournemouth Beach oil painting