Tuesday, 9 August 2022

Southampton Central railway station signal gantry1950's - oil painting

Southampton Central railway station signal gantry1950's - oil painting

transport southampton central station signals art

The end of the platform at Southampton central station (Hampshire) is shown in this oil painting, created during late 2021. It is based on a B/W photo taken by J Bailey that was taken at some point in the 1950's.
One dominant and famous feature of the station is the large semaphore signal gantry situated at the western end of the station, which was removed in 1981. A small Victorian build 0-4-4 tank locomotive is receiving water before continuing with its journey to Fawley, on a branch line, with the main line running to Weymouth in Dorset.
The painting is sized at 33” x 23” and dome on primed mounting board. It can be seen in greater detail on this link

Tuesday, 2 August 2022

Female head- Zorn palette

Female head- Zorn palette  

head woman study in oils M P Davey

A further painting of an unknown woman, from the internet, done in oils using the 'Zorn' limited palette. I have now began to use a different limited palette for future studies.

12" x 9" oil on cardboard.

June 2022

#face #head #oilpainting #woman #art #zorn


Wednesday, 27 July 2022

Getting rid of old paintings 2022 batch 1

 Getting rid of old paintings 2022 batch 1

M P Davey old paintings rubbish

I have in the past had culls on artwork, but not done so for some time. I dislike old paintings and have no attachment to them. This batch of 20 or so were canvas/ canvas board and have been broken down into chunks that can be thrown away in household rubbish over time. The frames and fixings are saved. I still have another 50 or so to go, some probably as recent as 2019. My aim is now to only keep paintings for up to 3 years, so as to keep the management of them simple and current, meaning that even some recently exhibited paintings (over 3 years) are for the chop soon.
Nice to get back space!

Sunday, 24 July 2022

Plein air painting 40

Plein air painting 40

house, Westgate street, Southampton, architecture, plien air painting, M P Davey

Painted in August 2021 during a hot afternoon this early 19th century grade II listed pretty Georgian house is pictured. It stands in Westgate Street in the 'Old town' area of the city of Southampton, where a number old buildings are to be seen, some of which are Tudor. West Gate itself is a Tudor archway that lead to the dock side, when the town was a walled one and had a castle very close by. The area is built on angled land leading to what would have originally been the port in past times. The extreme angle can be seen on the pavement, and continues around the property on the side road shown right. 
This plein air painting is done in oils on mounting board, sized at 12" x 9".

Thursday, 21 July 2022

Characters from 'The Walking Dead' - Zorn palette

Characters from 'The Walking Dead' - Zorn palette

Martin Davey faces from Walking dead TV series

A collection of characters from the popular TV series, 'The Walking Dead.' Each one is painted in oils on cardboard sized at 12" x 9.5", and done using the limited colour palette as designed by Anders Zorn, Victorian artist.

Monday, 11 July 2022

Plein air painting 39

Plein air painting 39

ornamental lake Southampton common art

Southampton common is 365 acres in size and situated in the middle of the city of Southampton. Its origins can be found in the 13th century. There are various types of area withing, including open land for sports and recreation, woodland areas and play zones for children. There are also a model boating/ paddling pool, a 'cemetery' lake and an 'ornamental' lake which is the subject of this plein air painting, done during August 2021. The small 'island' within is pictured. 
This artwork is done in oils on supermarket cardboard sized at 11.5" x 9.5".


Tuesday, 5 July 2022

Working on closeup 89

Working on closeup 89

closeup painting engine driver art M P Davey

A small snippet of a railway based painting...