As artists we are always developing. I started this site some years ago to monitor my progress at art classes. Some areas have improved faster than others and I expect this to continue to be an interesting journey. Constructive comments are always welcome. Steve.

Friday, February 16, 2007

Updating the blog.

Feb 07.
I've updated to the new Blogger system and have taken the opportunity to add some more pictures from the last year. As you'll see I'm being a bit more adventurous in my use of materials and have occasionally used the computer as an art tool for part of the creation of a picture.

The blog has now had over 600 viewings (thank-you!) and below is a picture of the breakdown of recent visits by country and percentage.

Remember to click on the pictures to view enlarged.

Taynuilt in May

I was sitting on the jetty at Taynuilt, Argyll with the summer evening art class when I painted this. The light was terrific and the water of Loch Etive was a deep blue.
Acrylic May 2006.

Ashness Bridge, Lake District.

A pastel picture of Ashness Bridge in the English Lake District.
I did this from a photo published by a friend on his blog.
Pastel on board, Jan 2007.

More 'found art' - "Cliff "

Taken from a larger painting I made of an island scene.
I rather like it - but then I'm biased. For now I call it "Cliff" as I feel I'm looking at the top of a coastline; but then again it might be looking down on a wave breaking on a beach...

Waterflow - Shetland

This is a piece of "found art". The original was an acrylic painting of breaking waves in Shetland. This is a small part of that image with some computerised colour enhancement.

Isle of Skye dawn

Dawn over a loch on the Isle of Skye.
Afraid I don't know the location. I used a picture at the art class. Acrylic.

Lomond - a study in blue.

An acrylic study simply using shades of blue paint.
The view is from the south of Loch Lomond, near Balloch, looking north.

Found scene - A.

I call this "Found Art" as it is made from a photo of the remains of paint on a palette.
Cropped and softened in Photoshop I could see a picture - reproduced below - then others suggested it looked more like a Turner land-and-sky impression when turned the other way.

Found scene - B.

This was how I saw the original picture - as a breaking wave.

Grey Mull

The Isle of Mull seen from Argyll College window on a grey, damp, May evening.

Midsummer sun 2.

Midsummer sunset, Tralee Bay.
Acrylic on board.

Midsummer sun 1.

Midsummer sunset, Tralee Bay.
Acrylic on board.

Winter track.

Winter track to Castle Farm,
Benderloch. Gouache.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Castle Sween on the west coast of the Mull of Kintyre, Argyll.

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