New work: Acrylic florals

Sometimes I need a break from the usual, so I had some fun with acrylic paint.  I worked on 8 x 8 inch gessoed wood panels and used a structure gel with a palette knife to add texture.  These are all available and are priced at £250 each.  Click here to see individual images.

Back in the studio: Delphiniums

 

My new French easel!

Trying out my new Fresh easel (oil on cradled panel, 16 x 16 inches)

Hyacinths on French linen

The hyacinths are still fresh and I am very happy to paint them again. I started working on this on Friday, took a break and finished it today.
Above:
The set-up with my sketch.
Working on the underpainting.
More progress on the underpainting.
As I continued to work and use the palette knife, I started to render the glass bottle. Before I knew it, it was done. I usually wait to paint whatever the flowers are held in.  I make sure the background and flowers are done first, but this time I got ahead of myself because I was excited!
Bottle close-up
Here is the finished piece. A very simple composition, but I think there is a feeling of quietness. I am quite proud of my glass bottle.

Just finished: Ranunculus and plums

I have been working really hard this past week.  This is my latest painting which I finished in the wee hours of this morning.  Here is the sketch that I started with.
I have been working really hard this past week. This is my latest painting which I finished in the wee hours of this morning. Here is the sketch that I started with.
The underpainting looks pretty close to what the finished painting will look like.  I really enjoyed painting all the different blues.
The underpainting looks pretty close to what the finished painting will look like. I really enjoyed painting all the different blues.
A close up of the progress on the pitcher and the finished stems.
A close up of the progress on the pitcher and the finished stems.
I finished this in two days.  Without all the details of other vases and plates, I was able to focus on fewer elements.  I enjoyed the simplicity.  I will take a break this weekend and find more inspiration.
‘Blue April, a pitcher of Spring’ 30 x 30 inches, oil on board- I finished this in two days. Without all the details of other vases and plates, I was able to focus on fewer elements. I enjoyed the simplicity. I will take a break this weekend and find more inspiration.