Monday, 30 December 2013

2014 and Art Festival

2013 has been a very busy year. Especially towards the latter part due to my activities on Twitter with monthly art themes, such as #drawaugust and #paintseptember to name a few. This coincided with my own on going project called The Daily Sketch which involves me drawing at least one sketch everyday for a year. This now has also become a Twitter activity as like minded Artists are doing the same thing.

One thing I have learnt about Social Networking is that it can be a brilliant learning tool when groups of Artists come together and share their knowledge and give constructive feedback to each others work. We plan to continue you this into 2014 with #sketchjanuary.

This year I have also been involved with Illustrating a Fantasy Rule Book called 12 Elements, which is due out next year. Again this is a field of work very new to me and something I wished I had done a lot earlier in my career. I was assigned to design the logos, layout and cover along with Illustrations and maps to fill out the book. 

It was a long project covering over three months, but it was worth the effort and I have learned so much form it. Hopefully I will be doing a lot more of this kind of work in 2014.

2014, will be the year I will try and create my first exhibition of work. At the moment I am working and planning on a series of paintings, exploring the nature of how we see things from nothingness.

I will explain in more detail as the New year takes shape, but I am hoping to exhibit these somehow along with my project, The Daily Sketch.

2014 will also be the year that I am helping organise an Arts Festival in Nottingham called Carnival of Monsters Festival of Art, which will be held in October 2014. I will be helping organise the event which will showcase contemporary and fine art at the old Bartons Bus Depot in Nottingham. Again I will have more details as I have them.

So for now, I will say a Happy New year to all!
Anthony Greentree :}>

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Sunday, 20 October 2013

Live Conference Mural

5 x 2 metre live mural for the #goodchildhood summit
I was recently asked by the Mighty Creatives to draw the events of their summit on a large wall, sort of like a visual minutes of a meeting taking down the key points of the day. But also trying to capture the spirit and feel of the atmosphere. The wall was a hired exhibition panel 5 metres in length and 2 metres high.

The theme of the Summit was called "Cultural Life of the Child" '#goodchildhood' which is about ideas and innovation to help all children and young people thrive. People from the Arts Council, Local Authorities, Barnardo's and speakers such as Richard Gerver all took part in engaging and sharing ideas. My role was to tie this together in the form of a visual aid that would actually help in the process of delivering the message. I thoroughly enjoyed the event and also enjoyed the pressure of drawing and painting in a short space of time. 

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Print October

Yet another month is upon us and I am into the next phase of the twitter activities. We have already had #drawaugust, #paintseptember and now #printoctober. Each image I am still adding to the daily sketch

Below are a few more images I have created. So far it has been Lino and at the moment Monoprinting which I am creating by painting printing ink directly on to glass and rubbing paper over the top for the print.

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Man by the harbour

My father, James Donald Greentree 1943 - 2013
Painted 1995 by Anthony Greentree

What is this life if full of care

We have no time to stand and stare?

No time to stand beneath the boughs

And stare as long as sheep, or cows.

No time to see, when woods we pass,

Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time to see, in broad daylight,

Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

No time to turn at Beauty's glance,

And watch her feet, how they can dance.

No time to wait till her mouth can

Enrich that smile her eyes began.

A poor life this, if full of care,

We have no time to stand and stare.

Poem by William Henry Davies.

Monday, 30 September 2013

Look into the light

Daughter Poppy. Acrylic on canvas 3 hour study, 30/9/13
September has been a very creative month indeed, more so than August. #drawaugust and #paintseptember on twitter have helped me to move further into finding a theme for my painting. The picture above is a 3hr study of my daughter Poppy. I have always been fascinated with light and dark, cool and warm approaches to painting. I want to explore this further and I will be painting a series of larger paintings over the coming months. My plan is to do a mini exhibition of the work once they are completed.

I am still ongoing with #thedailysketch and some artists on twitter are also taking part. This is a great way to share work and push each other along with like minded individuals.

#paintseptember was also a great way of applying colour information in a short space of time. 

I found that ink and wash worked best. With this in mind I will continue to work in this manner and hopefully try and sell a few prints in the process which I am setting up soon.

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Friday, 27 September 2013

Fantasy rule book cover artwork

Front cover design for '12 Elements of War'
Been very busy of late creating artwork for a new fantasy rule book called '12 Elements of War'.
The picture on the left is the front cover and I have created and designed the logo, layouts and all the illustration work based off concepts given to me as part of the brief.

A lot of work has gone into this and I am using traditional methods of drawing and also digital aspects of painting as the client is looking for a 'travellers style' sketchbook approach to the artwork. Inside the book it will be simulating old style papyrus and hand drawn images as if the traveller is telling a story on his travels.

For more information on the book and its contents, you can go to the their website:
Sword and Board Games

Monday, 23 September 2013

Autumn and beyond

My daughter Olivia, 2hr quick paint sketch, Acrylic on canvas
We are now into Autumn and I am still ploughing through #paintseptember I have learnt so much already from it and this has been a good base for the start of the larger paintings I am going to start on ready for next year. 

I am not going to worry too much about a theme at this stage because sometimes that just puts too much pressure on my way of thinking. I will just take in what comes and see what happens. Spontaneity has been the key of late and I am going to continue on that path for a while.

The painting on the left is of my daughter Olivia. This was a 2 hour speed painting which I used as an exercise for playing with tone. I chose just two colours for this so that I could experiment with warm and cool colours.

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Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Back to School

My daughters Olivia and Poppy, ink and wash sketch 40 mins. 18/9/13
We have been blessed with a wonderful summer this year, but now the nights are drawing in (no pun intended!) and it is the start of a new school year for my young daughters. This morning was a great opportunity for a quick sketch while they were watching TV before taking them to school.
I am really enjoying the ink and wash sketching at the moment which has been spurred on from my Daily Sketch and Twitter Activity #paintseptember
I am also currently working on the fantasy illustrations for a book that I will reveal nearer the time. I do feel on full throttle at the moment and ideas are beaming in all directions because of this new found motivation, despite the cold weather approaching.

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Wind Farms, Lincolnshire

There are times when you simply don't have the time to sit in a field or cafe and paint what you see. Sketching is that wonderful element in life that gives you the chance to capture quickly and create something that a photograph simply can not achieve. You are drawing movement and elapsed time, you are drawing feeling and emotion and you are drawing the bits you want the viewer to see.

But then there are the occasions where you take a picture of something you like and say to yourself that this will be the source for a painting or drawing. I don't mean a 'like for like' version of the photo but merely a reference or reminder that there was something about that moment that you wanted to paint or draw but didn't have the time.

The picture on the left is just that example. A picture I had taken a few weeks ago while camping near Sutton on Sea on the East coast of England. It is a wind farm around Trusthorpe in Lincolnshire. The weather had been great all week but then there was a sudden change and it felt like someone was shining a tourch through the dark clouds! It lasted only minutes, so luckily I grabbed a pic.

So now I decided to do the painting like a painted sketch. I wanted to try and capture that moment as If I was seeing it again for those few moments. I limited myself to an hour for painting this so that I could grab just the raw information from the photo reference.

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Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Belvoir Castle

Belvoir Castle, acrylic on canvas, by Anthony Greentree
This is the latest in the daily sketches and for #paintseptember I have been working on. Technically you could say it is not a sketch, but for the fact that I did it in over an hour I class it as a 'quick painting' and therefore a sketch!

Ink & wash sketch of
a HUE 166 Land Rover
The place is Belvoir Castle and the sunset that evening was quite something. It sort of reminded me of the sunset of summers end itself!

This is quite a small painting as I am trying to get used to my new Plein Air Easel kindly given to me by my step-daughter. I usually like to paint large scale but It wasn't as hard as I thought down sizing like this.

I have also finished a commission for a friend who liked one of my sketches and wanted a picture done in a similar style. He is a huge Land Rover fan and so I set to work on a HUE 166 model. Is is very happy with it and I am relieved as I am in no way an expert of Land Rovers!

Monday, 9 September 2013

Paint Paint Paint!

selection of my quick paint sketches involved with #paintseptember
Overdrive is the word of the day at the moment! My daughters are back at school and everything is heading towards Autumn which is one of my favourite times of the year! 

I am working on a huge amount of illustration work for a client, but along side this I am also working on a couple of new commissions which I am happy to say have derived from the #paintseptember twitter activity I am involved in.

I really recommend you check out the other work posted on twitter as it is both encouraging and inspiring. 

The fact that I am forcing myself to produce something everyday is actually making me look at how I apply an image and answer the questions in a short space of time. 

This is also helping me with my other work too because It's a bit like having a warm up before a long exercise. I primarily use acrylics for a lot of my paintings but I have decided to use watercolour and ink for most of them which is a little out of my comfort zone.

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Different approaches

#paintseptember pencil & wash 20 mins of my
cupboard and guitar
#paintseptember has really put the cat amongst the pigeons in my mind! As if I haven't got enough on my plate at the moment, I am forcing myself to come up with a painting everyday for a month!

Not only have I got to come up with a subject matter that will capture a moment in time or allure my attention, but I am looking at varying ways of applying the image. At the moment, pencil, pen and watercolour seem to be working well as it gives me the time to take down visual information. I have set myself time limits with the daily sketch and #paintseptember the pencil / pen sketches around 15 - 20 mins and with the paintings 20 - 30 mins max. This way it keeps each piece raw, forcing me to try and take down the important parts of what I want to communicate.

The pic on the left is a cupboard in my house. Again something I don't normally just look and stare at! But when posed with the situation such as #paintseptember then you start looking! I would liked to have spent longer on this piece as I am not entirely happy with it, but I just have to remember it is a sketch and a visual diary in its own right.

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Paint September

Lizzy, pen and wash, 20 minute sketch. 3/9/13 #paintseptember
I have totally enjoyed #drawingaugust on twitter and hope for it to continue as an annual event next year. But now we have entered September and the topic is now #paintseptember so my goal is to try and do a colour sketch everyday for a month that will work in conjunction with my daily sketch! phew!!

Anyway I am loving every minute of it as it has completely motivated me as well as all the other work I am producing on top of that. Infact it is helping me mentally and the confidence to apply has improved. The picture above was a quick pen and wash sketch of our dog Lizzy. She moved a couple of times but went back to the same position enough for me to capture the feel.

Friday, 30 August 2013

Drawing August

Well what a wonderful month it has been, weather and family time plus plenty of drawing... infact a lot of drawing. Since doing the 'daily sketch' I have also got involved with #drawingaugust on twitter thanks to my friend Haidee.

The amount of other work other people have submitted on twitter has been fantastic and awe-inspiring. So much so that other artists are now thinking of doing #paintseptember

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Lunchtime Sketch

Well I am back from my camping holiday with the family and back to work with various things.

The 'Daily Sketch' is still on going and todays sketch was a timed 15 min effort. The sketching is making me think more about what I want to draw for each day. So before I could eat any of my lunch I made myself do this sketch of the memorial in West Bridgford, Nottingham.

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Thursday, 22 August 2013

Fantasy work

Recently I was approached to produce some illustrations and designs for a fantasy rule book.
It's the first time I have delved into this sort of work, but I am very excited about it and I have a lot of work to do. 

All the work has to be completed in the next couple of months. Here is a snippet of one of the characters I am currently working on.
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Wednesday, 21 August 2013


Really enjoying our family holiday away in Sutton on Sea.

The weather is being very kind to us and I am balancing working and enjoying the holiday with the family. So Todays 'Daily Sketch' is of our camping stove.. well my brothers actually.

Lets say more of a communal cooker. Though this drawing project I am doing everyday for a year, I am also linking it with the twitter project #drawingaugust .

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Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Wind Farms

He is another quick sketch of some Wind Farms in Lincolnshire as part of my 'Daily Sketch'.

The beauty about drawing in ink is the limitations of application. You have to make decisions on how you are going to make a mark to represent what you want to see. 

I find it very similar to watercolour as the white space becomes the drawing tool rather than the pen.

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Monday, 19 August 2013


Well I am in the middle of a lovely holiday away with my family in the wonderful East Coast of Britain that is Sutton on Sea. Unfortunately It is also a working holiday for me too, as I have a lot of work to do which I am not complaining about.

In the meantime I am continuing with my little project 'The Daily Sketch' which I am really enjoying, mainly because I am at least producing something everyday and forcing myself to find the time and find subject matter that normally we would just take for granted.

A friend of mine Haidee (a fellow artist) pointed me in the right direction of something else going off on Twitter called #drawingaugust and people are taking part in sketching and posting on twitter! great fun!


Wednesday, 14 August 2013

The Daily Sketch

Everyday for the next year I will attempt to do at least one sketch a day. There are days that I am very busy with other things, so the challenge is to find the time, even if it's for 10-15mins.

I have done monthly sketches in the past, but I think approaching it in this way will produce more and keep me on my toes. You will be able to view all my drawing on Pinterest or Facebook

Friday, 12 July 2013

Artizan bringing the Old and New together.

Concept idea for client. Artizan and Olde Carver drawing.

Who said that technology couldn't mix with the old ways? I am a firm believer in following old methods and recycling them into the new world we live in. That is the reason for history, to learn from and evolve into new forms.

Anyway before I get too carried away, this is some work based on that very idea. A client has asked for some stationary and one of the themes is Artizan. Funnily enough I drew the old carver and lettering by hand then scanned them in and coloured it in photoshop. I like to call it digital paint, as I think it is still applied image making but using light instead. After this I will then manipulate these elements for various formats that they require. Right, back to the Grindstone! :}>

Thursday, 6 June 2013

More business card concepts!

Yet more concept business card designs I have been doing for a client today. I also had to display them in a way that shows them with a matt or gloss finish. So Photoshop was at hand today. Though I had a huge problem this morning with another job. I didn't realise that Adobe creative suite CS6 had changed their Pantone colour set up compared to previous versions. This created a few problems with the CMYK conversion of the Pantone 021 C (for all you Graphic designers out there!) Anyway it's a long story and something my brain is too tired to get into now ha ha!

Looking forward to doing a lot of illustration work soon for my next bit of work! :}>

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Business card concepts

It's been a few days since I have posted, due to a very busy period. At the moment I am designing some concepts for stationery and these are a couple of examples I have designed. I like to present them this way so you get a feel for the finish.

Also I am hoping to get some painting and drawing finished soon, but priority is the order of the day art the moment.

Back to the drawing board! :}>

Monday, 27 May 2013

Isle of Wight bank holiday break

Beach houses, Ventnor Beach by Anthony Greentree. Sketch and watercolour
Wooden steps, Ventnor Beach
Deckchair, Ventnor Beach
Friday was a very wet and windy day for traveling on a ferry across to the Isle of Wight for a weekend away, but it wasn't too bad all in all. I wanted to at least try and do some sketching as it has been a few weeks since I haven't done any due to other commitments.
We stayed south of the Island, and visited Ventnor Beach which was where I decided to do a sketch of these lovely beach houses. I don't know what it is about beach houses but they have so much character about them and adds to the Englishness of spring / summer at the seaside. This time I added some colour to the sketch as I really didn't want to miss out on the brightly coloured doors which I thought was important to include. 

The other sketches were on the same beach, one being a deckchair which again has a wonderful character of their own and an old wooden seaside step. I do have more sketches on my Facebook page, but I feel these were the best of the bunch and I hope you enjoy them too.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Flyer and Poster designs

The past week or so I have been designing posters and leaflets of different sizes for Alvaston Opticians. The Offers and promotions were directed from the client and I had to come up with a theme based off the idea's discussed. I will be producing banners from these at some point soon.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Flyer Designs

This is an A5 leaflet I just designed for a client called BLUSH who have their own hair and beauty salon.

It's an A5 double sided leaflet. The logo was already existing and I had to freshen the design and try and keep it consistent with the website.

The flyer they had before was very different and didn't show the offers they had available. 

So if there is anyone living nearby this place and want their hair done, gives these chaps a go! :}>

Monday, 20 May 2013

Artwork Prints Now Available

I have recently uploaded high resolution versions of my paintings and drawings to REDBUBBLE where you can purchase prints in various formats. For example you can have a print of one of my drawings or paintings in the form of a poster or greetings card. If you click on the link below this will take you to my shop.

I will be continually added new works as I go along! :}>

Room for Music Banner design

One of my banners used at Kibfest
I have produced some illustration and design layouts for some banners needed for a community-based music workshop called ROOM FOR MUSIC. They provide a live band experience for kids and adults in which they can learn guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and vocals. They performed at a festival this weekend called KIBFEST and the banners were used then.

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Saturday, 18 May 2013

New Website

Recently I have decided to join my design and art blogs together as one. From now on is the new home for everything Art and Design. I will try to keep you updated daily with what I get up to.

In the meantime you can have a look at my ever growing PORTFOLIO which is divided into sections so that you can view the relevant areas I cover.

I have also been starting up my private tuition again. currently I'm teaching a couple of people some basic lessons in painting and drawing. These are hourly sessions that you can have as and when, so there are no set blocks as such. For more information go to my TUITION page on this site.

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Monthly sketching

Still working out a them for my next paintings, but in the meantime I still sketch as much as I can either with pen or pencil. Here are some that I have done this month. I tend to limit my sketches to around 10-15 mins at a time, usually anything that interests me.
10 min pen sketch of some keys

10 min pen sketch of a chair

10 min pen sketch of a pot plant

10 min pen sketch of my daughter

10 min pen sketch of my daughter

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Portraits outside Nottingham Castle 1992

Me complete with hair! somewhere in 1992.

If you were a tourist visiting Nottingham Castle in the summer of 1992 and happened across a strange minstrel / musketeer looking fellow doing portraits, then you will probably find it was me.

I had a sudden flash back the other day, I completely forgot about my summer break antics while at University many years ago. Oh the joys of being a student ha ha! I used to spend many summer days outside the Nottingham Castle gates (the days when it always seemed as though it never rained!!) producing charcoal portraits for passers by. I enjoyed it greatly, but it did take a lot of confidence to get out there and do it in the first place. The portraits would usually take 15-20 mins at the time for a measly £3!

Yes I was a bit of a poser.
Sadly I don't really have any pictures of the portraits or myself in action, but if you do I would love to see how bad they were!

I remember one story when a guy wanted a portrait on his lunch break. He was in a rush during a very busy day in which the portraits were turning into a conveyor belt. He paid for the portrait but then came back half an hour later as I had only partly finished one of his eyes! whoops!

I may do it again one day, I will have to think about that one, but unfortunately minus the hair!

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Self Portrait number 2

Monochrome 40x50cm titled 'Uncertainty'

This is my second self portrait entered for a competition. I love working in monochrome, strangely it evokes a whole range of new colours and emotions which is what I tried to convey with this piece. I painted this in two sittings over a period of a couple of weeks due to being very busy, but the mirror and easel stayed in the same position without my kids knocking it over !

I did a second painting because I wanted to create a different mood using the same theme. I used a slightly looser approach for this as I wanted to keep it as raw as possible. This is my first painting for 2013 and many more to follow. My next aim is to paint a collection of pics for a chosen theme which I am yet to establish as my mind changes from one day to the next at the moment. I will keep you posted! :}>

Thursday, 31 January 2013

Self Portrait for Competition

Been a while since I have posted due to various things going on, but the main focus at the moment is self portraits. The painting above is a triple portrait of myself that I was working on just before Christmas 2012. It is for a competition called SELF which I am entering. The painting is partly an acknowledgement to the triple portraits that Anthony Van Dyke produced of Charles I and Cardinal Richelieu in the 17th Century. I have always been fascinated with those paintings as they were Initially studies for eventual sculptures.

But for me I love the emphasis of different characterisations and emotions with just one face. I felt that one profile was not enough to convey that message. I have a fascination with the old masters and their play with light and dark, particularly with artists such as Rembrandt and Vermeer. The difficulty I had was using the mirror for the portrait as the lighting was different in the limited space I had. For the profiles I had to use two mirrors so that I could see what I was doing! 

What was interesting when showing friends this painting were the different opinions as to which face they preferred. That for me says alot on how people interact with each other in different scenarios, nothing is the same.

I will be doing one more painting for this competition as an alternative approach and I will post as soon as I have completed. Wish me luck!! x