Monday, June 1, 2015

Moody Sea

Another acrylic on linen. I am working on building up a small body of work for a show in July - more details to follow soon I promise! I finished this painting today and am pleased with my departure from so much blue into more moody purples. 

Untitled, acrylic on linen, 20x30"

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Love Linen

I am really enjoying working on a couple of paintings on stretched linen instead of my usual canvas. I can certainly see why its more expensive, its just such a smooth surface and really nice for working into. I love way you can blend the paint more subtly than on a rougher canvas but it's not as absorbent as the gesso board which seems to soak up the moisture.

untitled, acrylic on linen 20x30"

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The New Normal

I've realised that (at the risk of stating the obvious) trying to work when one has a new baby is somewhat different to the days when I had endless uninterrupted hours of painting bliss. My new normal is one day of painting a week if I'm lucky and a few hours squeezed in here and there around naps. Now if my son could just oblige me with a regular nap schedule we'll really be rolling but at the moment, when I put him down he might grant me 2 blissful hours of peace, or maybe just 30 minutes - it certainly keeps it interesting! Anyway, I've realised that a few changes to the way I work can make a big difference in terms of productivity. First and foremost I've ditched the oils (just for now) as its just too much mess and time consuming clean up not to mention the toxic chemicals which I can do without being exposed to right now. I've set myself up in a corner of our home office and am working off disposable palettes which I hate because of the waste but it certainly makes clean up quick and is much easier with acrylics as the paint dries so fast its a nightmare to scrape off of a glass or wood palette. I'm also, on the whole, working on a much smaller scale which is fun for a change and makes me feel more productive.

Here's a little study I just completed for a commission I'm doing. The commission is for several Jersey based paintings and this one is of La Rocco Tower on St Ouen's bay, a personal favourite spot of mine.

"La Rocco Tower" acrylic on board, 8x8"

Friday, April 17, 2015

I'm Back!

Well, what a year it's been! I didn't really intend to take a year off of blogging but that seems to be what happened. I got a little distracted by a few small things like a major gut renovation project, moving house 3 times and, oh yes, and having a baby! As that baby approaches his 6 month birthday and we finally have a break in our endless stream of house guests I am carving out some time to get back to work and focus on trying to get my routine back to a new sort of normal. I am setting up studio in a small room in our new apartment and am very excited to finally get back to producing some new work.

To kick of this new era of my blog I wanted to post a link to the Micah Challenge page as they have recently used my knotted gun sketch for their new campaign aimed at resolving conflict without violence. You can read all about this great campaign here...

Monday, March 17, 2014

Grouville Bay

So, we are up to our necks in the middle of renovating our apartment. The demolition phase which has been very exciting and completely eye opening is nearly over and we are looking forward to seeing all the dust and rubble cleared out and the new walls go up. I decided it would be great to have a record of the weekly developments to look back on so I have been recording these on another blog which you can see here. It's pretty all consuming at the moment but am still trying to squeeze in some painting here and there.

Here is a small piece I did a couple of weeks ago inspired by a photo my cousin posted on her facebook page, taken on a beach we grew up near and spent hours digging in the sand and paddling in the waves. She was out walking her dog and about to get soaked by the fast approaching rain but still took the time to snap a quick shot of the beautiful light and reflections.

"Raining in the East" oil on board, 6x6"

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Happy 2014!

Happy New Year! I have once again been travelling, seeing family and friends and enjoying the holidays. I attempted to return to my studio today but after spending a few minutes in there I was frozen solid due to the lack of insulation and temperature hovering somewhere around 20 below... anyway, I am now defrosting in coffee shop and thought I'd share with you an exciting development. A while ago I was contacted by a lovely lady in Connecticut who was setting up a new art consulting business - Iordache Fine Art and had found my work online. She came into the city to meet with me and view some of my work and luckily for me, decided she'd like to promote some of my pieces. She now has her website up and running and you can see a link to the website and some of my pieces here. Fingers crossed for some sales early in 2014!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

I haven't posted anything in ages, whoops! I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. It's been a mixed few weeks for me with lots of things going on, and honestly my heart really hasn't been in my painting which is why every time I've tried to get down to it I've ended up wiping it or painting over anything I've done. It's not really so surprising as I've had lots on my mind from house renovations and trying to find a temporary apartment and or studio, to Thanksgiving and getting organised for Christmas as well as just general life!

Anyway, here is a little abstract. I vow to be better at blogging (although perhaps that will have to be a new year's resolution, one to begin after the holidays are over!).

"#6" oil on board, 6x6"

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Debra Butterfly Painting

I just found out that the butterfly painting I did for the charity debra has sold at their auction for nearly $700! I'm so excited that I was able to help raise money for this organisation who do such great work to help people with epidermolysis bullosa (EB). There are still a few limited edition prints left that you can purchase from the debra online shop.


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Uist House

I forgot to share a picture of this final piece that I did recently as a gift for some lovely friends who recently got married. I had previously posted the small sketch painting that I did on location and this is the resulting final piece that emerged in the studio. As usual it turned out much "tighter" than I had been planning but c'est la vie! The photos I was working from were really dark with the sun behind and the house in shadow as I just didn't get the weather to take a decent shot. So, back in the studio, I applied some artistic license to the light and colour situation but I'm pretty happy with the result.

"Uist House" oil on canvas, 24x24"

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Corbiere Lighthouse

"Changing Tide at Corbiere" acrylic and oil on board, 8x8"
I waited perched on a rock, for absolutely ages until the sun emerged from behind the clouds long enough to get a photo of this that I could work from. It was one of those windy days when the sun teases you with a 2 second glimpse before hiding again. The tide was just changing and there were strong currents forming which created interesting patterns on the water surface.

Today, I have had one of those days where everything I try to work on turns out terribly and you start to question if you were ever any good at all. Maybe it's because I'm full of a cold and feeling groggy, but most likely its because I'm working to a deadline and things never go to plan under pressure! Better day tomorrow I hope.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Jersey Paintings

Well, I've once again been travelling all over the place for the last couple of weeks, more fun at two beautiful and completely different weddings, one in Bermuda and one in Lincolnshire then a quick stop in London and now Jersey for a week of painting and family time. I tried to get some painting done in Bermuda last week but without great success so I'm very pleased that things are going better this week in Jersey. We've had a few rainy days but this morning was fine and I spent a few hours driving around photographing and sketching at different spots. When I returned to the house I set up studio and got on with a few different compositions. Heres a progress shot.

Monday, September 23, 2013

New Large Seascape

Here's a shot of a large painting I recently finished from my oceanscape series. I am a little in love with this one and might have to keep it (is that not something I should be admitting?!)

"Float Out", oil on canvas, 36x36"

Art Cards

I recently placed an order with for 3 different art cards and they finally arrived last week. I have previously used Zazzle before but only the UK so I was pleased to see that the quality was comparable. I ordered three different images and two sizes (6x4" & 7x5") and I'm really pleased with them. Aside from a couple of minor changes to the text I put on the back I would order the same again. For the most part their website is fairly straight forward and when designing them online, you have a pretty accurate idea of how they will come out but I did struggle with the font size and I think I will actually reduce it if I put in another order. The other thing that is slightly annoying is that you are obliged to have their logo on the back. However, I haven't found any other companies that give you an option not to have their logo. All in all, the print quality and card weight seem very good and now that I know that, I would definitely put in a larger order next time to bring the cost per card down. Here's a peek...

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Lobster Pot Drop

This painting I did from a photograph I took whilst we were out dropping the lobster pots.  The sun broke through the cloud for a few minutes and I really loved the colours on the small island in contrast to the cloud dappled sky and deep sea around it.

acrylic on canvas paper, 16x12"

I have been having a bit of a break from painting as I've been fully immersed in researching things for our upcoming renovation project which is somewhat taking over my every waking hour! However, today I locked myself in the studio to work on a larger painting from the North Uist series and I will post it here shortly once it is finished.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Loch Maddy, North Uist

This painting sketch was done from a photo I took whilst out on the boat dropping off the lobster pots and fishing for mackerel. A bit of a departure from my usual style, but I think it works nevertheless. I really like how the rocks turned out, all it took was a few simple brushstrokes in a lighter tone to show the light shining on the right hand side and it just  worked - if only it was always that easy! 

This was the day we pulled up 2 big lobsters and something like 15 crabs for dinner!

"Loch Maddy" acrylic on canvas paper, 16x12"