Sunday, 16 June 2019

London Piccadilly Circus with evening light - WIP stages

London Piccadilly Circus with evening light - WIP stages

London evening Piccadilly architecture oil painting by M P Davey
WIP stages of the Piccadilly Circus oil painting
The panel above shows progress in three stages of the painting 'London Piccadilly Circus with evening light' finished during April 2019. The first picture shows the drawing of the scene done with brown acrylic paint applied on a brown wash. The sky area has been filled in with some white acrylic paint as a rough base at this stage as it is the lightest item in tone in the image when compared to the other elements in this landscape painting. Moving on, the second panel shows the scene with underpainting applied using oil paint. This level acts as a colour base to illustrate basic tones and colours within the painting. The last panel shows the finished painting, in which the oil paint has been applied on top of the previous, dried layers, in a thicker consistency and with the correct colour values and details added. The artwork of the London scene measures 60” x 40”.

It can be viewed in detail on this link.

Thursday, 6 June 2019

Sunday, 2 June 2019

Men At Northam Southampton Boat Yard - WIP stages

Men At Northam Southampton Boat Yard - WIP stages

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WIP stages of boats at a Northam boat yard oil painting.
The Northam area of the city of Southampton in Hampshire, features a number of boat yards as it is located on the river Itchen. This painting, completed in January 2019 features a scene of a drydock with men preparing to use a crane to place a boat in to the river from the dry land.
The picture above shows a number of stages of how the painting was created. The first stage shows the drawing which is done with dark, brown acrylic paint on top of a wash of a similar colour. The dark tones within the scene are painted in as are very light in tone subjects, such as the sky, using white acrylic paint. The middle panel shows work moved on where now oil paint has been used to indicate the underpainting, often in darker hues of the final intended colours, and is achieved by using diluted, thin paint. Detail is still quite basic at this stage. The last panel features the final, finished artwork. It can be seen that the colours are now correct, having been applied with thick oil paint and also details regarding the surfaces and lighting, are now included.
The painting can be seen on this link.

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Men At Northam Southampton Boat Yard - oil painting

Men At Northam Southampton Boat Yard - oil painting

oil painting yacht on harbour men working art M P Davey
Finished oil painting of men working at a Southampton dry dock
In this marine based landscape painting we see some men standing in a boat yard next to a crane. Their job later will be to lower one of the boats in the drydock they are stored in, in to the water, using the crane. The river behind them is the River Itchen, which starts north of Winchester and joins the busy shipping lanes of Southampton Water, at Southampton city. This particular boat yard is at Northam.
Painted in early 2019 and in oils. The size is 28” x 20” and is painted on mounting board.
A more detailed view of the artwork can be seen on this link.

Thursday, 16 May 2019

London City Bank Area In Sunny Autumn - WIP stages

London City Bank Area In Sunny Autumn - WIP stages

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WIP on London financial district oil painting
The picture above shows development work of the painting 'London City Bank Area In Sunny Autumn'. It measures 60” x 40” and is painted in oils on canvas. The first panel shows the drawing, done in brown acrylic on a brown wash. White areas have been added to illustrate the intended areas of brightness, such as the sky. Darker tones are added using a brown wash built up in layers. The second panel now shows the underpainting of the scene, done ias a wash in oils. No detail is added at this stage and the colours are of a slightly darker tone than what would be the final colour. In the third panel detail and more colour is added to the overall painting, with the colour paint becoming more thicker in the way it is applied and truer to the final required tone. Finally the forth panel shows the completed oil painting of this busy scene, set in the heart of the financial district of the city of London.
The completed artwork can be seen on this link.

Sunday, 12 May 2019

London City Bank Area In Sunny Autumn - oil painting

London City Bank Area In Sunny Autumn - oil painting

city of London royal exchange artwork artist Martin Davey
Oil painting of a busy autumn day at Bank, London.
'Bank' is an area of London situated in the financial heart of the city. This painting features a number of famous buildings of different ages. Dominating the scene is the Royal Exchange, while on the left is the Bank of England. In the background can be seen the tower 42 (Natwest) and the Scapel. In typical London fashion the streets are littered by plenty of red buses at this busy junction.

This painting is quite large, measuring 60” x 40” and is painted in oils on canvas. Work on it was completed during very late December 2018.

The london landscape painting can be viewed in greater detail on this link.

Sunday, 5 May 2019

Southampton Old Cemetery In Autumn - WIP stages

Southampton Old Cemetery In Autumn - WIP stages

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Steps of progress on the painting of Southampton 'Old' cemetery
Created during autumn 201, this painting features the 'Old Cemetery' in Southampton, attached to the common. Most of this Victorian cemetery is overgrown with nature reclaiming the area. This oil painting measures 20” x 16” and is created on mounting board.
The panel above shows work in progress on the picture. The first step is to draw out the scene using brown acrylic paint on top of a brown wash of diluted paint. Some areas are painted white where there are strong bright areas. The point to this step is to fix down the range of tones through out the painting. The second panel indicated where the underpainting has been applied, using diluted oils, to find the base colours. Often at this stage the colours are intentionally darker hues of the final applied paint choices. The third panel shows progress on applying thicker paint with the correct hues, and also with details added. Finally the last panel shows the finished art.
The painting can be seen in greater detail on this link.

Working on closeup 58

Working on closeup 58

art Piccadilly London oil painting under progress
  A small snippet of a London based painting...

Saturday, 4 May 2019

London National Gallery In The Winter - oil painting

London National Gallery In The Winter - oil painting

oil painting London landmark martin davey
London's National gallery during winter - oil painting
Completed during autumn 2018 the subject of this painting is the world famous National Gallery at Trafalgar Square, London. The original was built in the 1830's but has been heavily modified as time passed so only the front of the building is true, the rest needing to accommodate the expanding collection. During the 1980s a whole new section was built, known as the 'The Sainsbury Wing'.
The painting features a cold, winters day at the location, and is painted at 23.4 x 33.1 inches on mounting board in oils.
This painting of the famous London landmark can be examined in greater detail here.

Sunday, 28 April 2019

Southampton Old Cemetery In Autumn - oil painting

Southampton Old Cemetery In Autumn - oil painting

landscape cemetery in Hampshire art by Martin Davey
Oil painting of  'Southampton Old Cemetery In Autumn'
Gradually nature is reclaiming this old cemetery in Southampton, Hampshire. It is known as the 'Old' cemetery and was first opened in the 1840's. It has a size of 27 acres and features 100's of headstones from the Victorian and early part of the 20th century, including a number connected to victims of the titanic disaster.
The painting was done in oils during November 2018, and is painted on mounting board, and features the location during a sunny, autumn day. It can be viewed in greater detail here.

Friday, 26 April 2019

Passengers Boarding The Hamble Water Taxi In Hampshire - oil painting

Passengers Boarding The Hamble Water Taxi In Hampshire - oil painting

river Hamble water taxi Hampshire painting M P Davey
Oil painting showing the river taxi in operation
This painting, created in oils during summer 2018 shows eager passengers awaiting to board a 'taxi' service one sunny summers morning. The ferry operates on the river Hamble in Hamshire, in the south of the UK, and operates between two villages on each side of the river, Hamble and Warsash.
The painting is sized at 28” x 20”. The artwork can be viewed in closeup on this link.

Sunday, 21 April 2019

London National Gallery in the winter - WIP stages

London National Gallery in the winter - WIP stages

oil painting London in stages Martin Davey
London's National Gallery landscape painting WIP
Shown above are four panels demonstrating development of an oil painting. The subject is a view of the National Gallery, London, situated in Trafalgar Square. In the first panel can be seen the line drawing, done with acrylic paint on a coloured ground. White acrylic paint is used to show areas of highlights/ high tones. The second panel features the basic underpainting colours applied to the painting, which give a basic tonal and colour representation of the subjects, although kept to the darker tones overall. In the third panel the final layer of paint is applied, this time thickly than before and with the correct colour and tonal balance. Also detail is painted in at this stage. Finally, the last panel shows the completed painting, which measures 44” x 37”.

It can be viewed at full detail on this link.

Thursday, 18 April 2019

Working on closeup 57

Working on closeup 57

northam boat yard painting WIP close up
 A small snippet of a marine based oil painting...

Sunday, 14 April 2019

Working on closeup 56

Working on closeup 56

WIP oil landscape of City London Martin Davey
A snippet of a London street based oil painting...

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Working on closeup 55

Working on closeup 55

artwork Southampton cemetery WIP Martin Davey
A small snippet of a graveyard painting...

Sunday, 10 February 2019

Passengers boarding the Hamble Water taxi in Hampshire - WIP stages

Passengers boarding the Hamble Water taxi in Hampshire - WIP stages

oil painting river hamble boat Martin Davey
WIP on the Hampshire 'water taxi' service oil painting.
In the panel above can be seen progression of work on the painting 'Passengers boarding the Hamble Water Taxi in Hampshire', completed in September 2018. The first stage is to painting a yellow ochre wash with acrylic paint on the support, in this case mounting board'. When this is dry then the drawing is done on the surface using dark brown acrylic paint. Moving on to the second stage the underpainting is applied, which means dark base tones are added through out using oil paint. Once this is dry, then the final layers of oil paint are applied. This final application is when the colours are more truer in value and detail is also applied at this stage, but the underpainting is still visible underneath. The final panel now shows the completed painting (20” x 28”) with all colours and tonal applied.
The painting can be seen in detail via this link

Thursday, 24 January 2019

Girl Watering Horror Plants - digital illustration

Girl Watering Horror Plants - digital illustration

monster plants being watered by girl illustration Martin Davey
Giant monster plants being watered by little girl illustration
Strange and dangerous plants feature in this illustration. A girl, seemingly happy and content is quite happy to be watering these monstrous specimens using her toy watering can. These plants may like the girl, as it can be seen that some previous gardeners have not been so lucky. Hidden away the viewer can find an arm and a skull with one eye ball in the undergrowth of a long disappeared gardener.

'Auto Sketchbook Pro' software was used largely in the creation of this artwork. Initially work started on the concept using an Android galaxy tablet to sketch out and work out the colours. Once this was achieved to a satisfying level the file was then exported to a W10 desktop computer running the same program but in a more powerful environment. Here the image was greatly enlarged and repainted to produce the final artwork. It was completed during August 2018.The artwork can be seen in detail here.

Sunday, 20 January 2019

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Dinosaur And Son With A Parasol - digital illustration

Dinosaur And Son With A Parasol - digital illustration

M P Davey T Rex with son and parasol illustration
digital illustration - Dinosaur And Son With A Parasol
Created during October 2018, this digital illustration features a 'take' of the famous painting by Monet, 'Woman with a Parasol/ Madame Monet and Her Son'. It is also known as 'The Stroll' and was painted in 1875. My version does not feature humans but a Tyrannosaurs Rex and dinosaur son, out for a stroll in summer in the same field. It is painted in 'Auto Sketchbook Pro', initially using an android tablet, and then later exporting the file to a desktop computer running the same painting software to produce a final version. Some time was spent studying the original painting to create similar brushmarks and use of colour and light, as painted originally by Monet.

The digital illustration can be seen here in detail.

Monday, 7 January 2019

Winchester Hill Area In Hampshire During Summer - WIP

Winchester Hill Area In Hampshire During Summer - WIP stages

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WIP of 'Winchester Hill' oil painting
The panel above features stages of the creation of a painting showing a scene at Winchester Hill, located on the South Downs, Hampshire. It is located in Southern England. The landscape painting is done in oils, but the first stage (in the first panel) shows the drawing of the scene done in acrylics on a brown acrylic wash. It should be added that an inital application of oil paint had been added to the sky, when the photo was taken. The second panel shows an application of diluted oil paint, to act as the underpainting for the finished painting, much like a foundation using darker colours. The final panel now shows the finished painting, which the oil paint applied on top with a heavier body, basically using paint straight out of the tube.
The finished landscape painting can be seen on this link.

Boat out of water with dumped parts at marina - oil painting

Boat out of water with dumped parts at marina - oil painting

Oil painting of boat dumped at a marina, Southampton
This marine based painting was finished during August 2018.It depicts a scene at a boat yard in Northam, East Southampton. The yard is on the banks of the River Itchen, and the marina features a lot of boats under repair or in dry storage. This part of the yard has older boats, some poorly maintained and various spare parts littering the site.

The painting is created in oils on primed mounting board, with the image sized at 20” x 28”.
By following this link, the painting can be seen in more detail.

Thursday, 3 January 2019

Working on closeup 53

Working on closeup 53

WIP brush oil painting river taxi Hampshire
A small snippet of a marine scene based in Hampshire...