This is the Blog of artwork by Martin Davey. The artwork is a mixture of digital illustrations created in Photoshop, and paintings created on canvas using oil and acrylic paint media. The entries give some idea of the dates of completion, and influences and inspirations if any. The work is not listed in any particular order or time frame though generally the more recent work is at the start of the blog.
My two main websites are www.martindaveyfineart.co.uk, and www.martindaveyillustration.co.uk.
Southampton Cenotaph Autumn - WIP stages of the oil painting
This composite photograph shows
progress in stages of a painting called 'Southampton Cenotaph
Autumn', created during September 2017, to highlight the season of
Autumn, or the fall. The dominant feature of the artwork is the grade
1 listed monument designed by Edwin Lutyens, as to be found in Watts
Park, Southampton, Hampshire.
The composition is based on one
photograph with people added for scale. The original photograph was
taken the previous year, just after Remembrance Sunday.
The first panel shows the initial
drawing, scaled up from the composite photograph of the location,
done with dark brown acrylic paint on an orange wash, or ground. The
second image now shows basic under-painting, done in acrylics, of the
basic colours and tones to be found in the scene. The colours are
also kept darker than the final finished colours, so that those final
colours have something to work against. In the third panel can be
seen progress made on the final oil painted layers, while the last
image shows the finished landscape painting of the monument in its
The final painting can be seen in
closer detail on this link.
composite image of 'Brown Standing Horse Eating' in stages
This composite photograph shows work in progress stages on an oil painting of a horse. The horse was enjoying the surroundings of the New Forest, Hampshire. The first panel shows the initial subject drawn in with brown acrylic paint on an orange (ground) base. The second panel features some of the base colours placed in again using acrylic paint. This paintwork acts as a base for the oil paints to sit on during the final application, which can be seen to be started in the third panel. The fourth panel shows the completed painting. as an experiment I decided to keep some of the base painting showing, rather than have all of the painted area 'finished'. The final painting can be seen clearly here on this link.