Wednesday, 14 November 2012

November Update

Bonfire night is a subject I have wanted to cover for a while. Luckily I had the opportunity to go up to Rainworth in Nottinghamshire for their bonfire night. Rainworth has a lovely community atmosphere up there and the warmth of the huge bonfire and superb fireworks display made for a lovely evening with the family! I took several pics on the phone camera to capture the mood of the evening and loved the sparse reflection of the fire on the peoples faces. This was the basis for my painting.

The dilemma I had was the fireworks, because the main aim of the picture was to use the fire as the centre piece. I did paint some fireworks in the top left of the picture but realised straight away it was detracting from the image. Overall I am happy with the end result, I was trying to be careful not to over work the painting. I wanted to keep it as raw as I could, especially with the bonfire.

I have also been having a go at some self portraits for a competition. I am at the point where I am ready to paint the main one but I have been doing other pics in between, I did a couple of paintings of a church in Arnold from my way home from work, the bizarre thing about this time of the year is the light. There is a strange contrast with the sun and the grey looking clouds which I tried to capture.

I will update some more soon when I have progressed on the self portrait, cheers for now, :}>

Monday, 22 October 2012


This is my latest painting, which is a commission for someone who wanted a painting of a meaningful place. I like the idea of that rather than the usual portrait of a family member. I am hoping I have captured it enough for them to reminisce about the place in their household.

Other than Flickr I have also joined a new site called Pinterest. It is a wonderful site where people use it as a pin board, placing pictures of anything and everything that interests them. It is a really good way to share your thoughts and pictures.

Currently I am on a second picture commissioned by the same person. After that I have a couple of Sunset pics to do and then I will be making a start on a series of self portraits for a competition.

Friday, 12 October 2012

Sunrise over Mapperley Top, Nottingham

This is my latest painting, quite a quick one to do as I knew what I wanted from it. The autumn months produces some wonderful sunrises, The last breaths of summer now behind us and the onset of winter around the corner. This is where I take my dog for a walk in the early mornings before the mad rush of the working day.

Monday, 8 October 2012

Painting frenzy!!

I am really enjoying painting again at the moment! more so than when I was at university all those drunken years ago. I think the main thing, is that I am appreciating it more, I am basically picking up from where I left off which means I still have a lot to do. Not so much about painting as many pictures as possible, but more to do with my own development. There are still some unanswered questions in my work  and I have all the time in the world to explore it. I know that my passion lies with light and dark and with the next couple of pictures I have done just that. The first one is a painting of a window in Morocco at a place called Fes. The light was shining through the restaurant window in the Medina and created light that is so different to the light back home in England.

 The problem I have at the moment is that my painting needs to loosen up a lot more, I know deep down my confidence is steadily building again slow but sure.

The next painting I have completed only this evening is of my daughter Poppy. I had only just recently painted one of my other daughter Olivia, so Poppy was feeling a bit left out.

Again my main focus is on light and dark. I think this is going to be the current theme for the time being, as I am going to create a body of work mainly on figurative stuff. I am also planning on creating a self portrait that I want to enter into a competition from the Royal Society of Portrait Painters.

Friday, 21 September 2012

Albert, Man on a rock.

My next painting took a little longer than I thought. I know this sounds bizarre but after not painting for so long I was almost scared to touch the canvas with the paint! Confidence as well as motivation is a key factor, and I know from experience that this improves after every drawing or painting. This picture is of my wife's Grandfather Albert. His 90th Birthday was earlier this year and at his birthday we looked through a lot of his family pictures through the years. This one in particular stuck out for me. I think this one was taken in his fifties, there is a lot of presence in his expression on the photo which was something I tried to emulate. I really wanted him to look at you on this one. For me his eyes tell a thousand stories through the face of experience. He had been through a lot during World War II, serving in the RAF Regiment during the 'Forgotten War' in the Far east.

Overall I am quite happy with this one, there I things on it I could of work on more or even less, but sometimes you just have to listen to yourself for that little voice to say 'leave it there' I don't like to say the word finished :}>

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Slow awakening

I don't really know where to start, apart from the fact I am painting and drawing again after a long time. I never really stopped, but I haven't done anything consistant for about 8 years. I think mainly working as a Graphic Designer has been the main cause of it.

I went to College to originally study fine art but ended up going the Graphic Design Illustration route as that was the supposed way to make a living. Times and outlooks have changed since then and now I have a new zest for painting and drawing again. So I hope to share this enthusiasm with you to view and hopefully enjoy.

I have been sketching a lot lately, mainly to build my confidence back with the canvas again and start my first painting. Below is my first painting that I was actually going to work on last year. I'm glad I didn't as I think now is the right time to paint it. The subject is of my daughter Olivia when we were on holiday at Sutton on Sea on the East Coast of England last year.

It was quite weird painting again as It felt as if it never disappeared and that the long break from it was actually beneficial.

I primarily paint in acrylic, I love the stuff, I prefer it to oils. I have painted in oils but I think acrylics suits my application more.

Anyway on to the next...

By the way I am in a position to take on commissions now, so anyone who wants a portrait of a person animal or a landscape etc etc, then you can email me Anthony Greentree - Artist Email

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