Friday, 28 August 2020
Tuesday, 25 August 2020
Voyage of the Mayflower in rough seas - WIP stages
|Four stages of the oil painting in progress|
During September through to October 2019 this painting of the Mayflower, on its voyage to the new world in 1620, was created. It is an oil painting done on a canvas support sized at 24” x 36”.
The panel shows four stages of the
painting. In the first section can be seen the canvas covered with a
brown acrylic base, on top of which the drawing of the scene has been
down with a darker acrylic line. White acrylic paint has been applied
to show tonally lighter areas in the composition. Moving to the
second panel a diluted oil paint layer has now been applied. These
colours are applied thinly and give an indication of colour placement
and tone relevant to each other, even though overall the picture
looks (deliberately) dark. This acts as an underpainting so that when
a new layer is applied, using thicker paint, the underpainting acts
as a good support. The 3rd panel shows some 'proper'
painting applied with details,with the last panel showing the
finished painting. It should be pointed out that after the painting
layer has been applied, and once dry, a 'glaze' layer is sometimes
added in this case. This is like a semi transparent wash of colour
(mixed with clear oil) applied over elements in the painting to
emphasize colour qualities, for example adding hints of green to the
blue water to give added depth.
The painting can be seen in greater detail on this link.
Friday, 21 August 2020
Voyage of the Mayflower in rough seas - oil painting
The voyage of the Mayflower in 1620 is depicted in this oil painting. It is seen in stormy weather in the North Atlantic on its way to the New World, after leaving Plymouth with Pilgrims from Holland and England. It is a small cargo ship, about 100ft long and it would have been a rough journey for the passengers as it was not built for people. It was also quite cramped as the original plan was for a second ship, Speedwell, to have also undertook the journey but it was found that it was to be unseaworthy at Plymouth, so the Mayflower had to take the extra load. The journey took approximately 2 months.
The painting is created in oils on a 24” x 36” canvas during September/ October 2019. As no one actually knows what the ship looked like various pieces of reference were cobbled together to create the most version of the design. Composition wise the image was at first designed on a computer art program where the initial drawing was envisaged and then painted digitally to find a good combination of colours. Once a suitable solution had been found it was then redrawn on a canvas and painted in the traditional manner. It was intended for the painting to be displayed as part of the celebrations held for the event at the Southampton City gallery but the COVID19 pandemic meant that the exhibition did not take place as planned and was substituted by an online one.
The artwork can be view in close up by going to this site. XXXX
Monday, 17 August 2020
Thursday, 6 August 2020
Ship and ice creams at Mayflower Park Southampton - WIP stages
The panel above, split in to four sections shows different stages of the creation of this artwork. In the first one the scene has been drawn using brown acrylic paint on a light wash. On top of this lighter, tonal areas have been indicated in white, such as the sky. Following on the first layer of oil paint is applied quite lightly, and diluted with a thinner type solution. The colours applied are typically slightly darker, as this is the underpainting, but it gives a good indication of relative tonal and colour variations in the painting. One this level is dry then the final application of paint can be applied. This time the paint will be thicker and to true colour valuations. In addition the painting is a lot tighter on this pass with fine details painted in, as seen in the third panel. The last panel shows the completed painting. The work can be seen in better detail by following this link..
Sunday, 2 August 2020
|Finished art of the ship docked at Mayflower Park|