Tag Archives: Figurative

The Origin of Ideas – Grab Your Eyes explained…well almost.

Now the painting is finished, I thought I’d explain a little bit more about the composition and origin of my ideas that contributed to the making of Grab Your Eyes. The good news is that there’s no reading involved, just click play, sit back, watch and listen…easy!

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Let’s Achieve Something Great Together 10 – Exploring ‘Hidden’ Depths.

When we paint in what could be called a representational, figurative or realistic style, each artist has a unique decision to make. How much visual ‘information’ is necessary? Does adding more ‘detail’ mean that the painting gets increasingly better? There is of course no clear-cut answer to these questions, which is why it is so […]

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Let’s Achieve Something Great Together 5 – Establishing Tone & Detail

In my last post I showed the fleshing out process. The next step is to begin to establish the tonal dynamics of the painting and gradually add detail. I ghosted out (by painting over the whole canvas with a unifying transparent tone) the shapes that I had created when fleshing out. The reason for this […]

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Let’s Achieve Something Great Together 4 – Fleshing Out

The beginning stages of establishing forms in paint is called ‘fleshing out’. I try to remember to apply the paint quite loosely and freely without being overly concerned with detail, which comes later. It’s a similar process to carving in sculpture, where you start with a block of material and then carve out large chunks […]

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