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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