Wednesday, 10 March 2010


Time to make a start back on my commissions after having just spent a lovely month over in Australia! I lived over there for a year doing the backpacking thing about 12 years ago and have wanted to go back ever since and we finally had the opportunity to do so, so I made sure we made the most of it and went for a month! We travelled from Brisbane down to Melbourne and had a wonderful time, even with a friend's wedding thrown in to make it extra special.

Must stop daydreaming and get back to the subject! This painting is of a very handsome grey called Jack. As you can see, I have put down the background colour and made a start on him. I'm going to have to change my methods a bit on this painting as the photo to work from is quite small so doesn't have huge amounts of detail so I'm going to have to loosen up a bit and not work in tiny detail mode like I normally do. I've made a start putting down some base layers and will work up from there. For those new to my work in progress blog, I need to point out that the photos I take during this process are rarely exactly the same colour as the original painting. It's really difficult to get the camera to copy it exactly, plus lighting plays a huge part in how the photo turns out. Also, with acrylics, they can have a slightly shiny appearance until I put on a coat of matt varnish when I'm finished so this can also show up in the photos too.

No comments: