First Spell – Watercolour Painting Sept.

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With this painting I really wanted to continue with the fantasy elements, but also get back to the study of sheer fabrics that I enjoyed when painting Call of the Sirens. Fabrics are always intimidating for me, because if it’s sheer or even satin let’s say…well for the most part you only get one chance to get it right with watercolours. Too much paint can mess up the piece real fast, and finding how light and skin works in whole equation is another thing altogether. I’m still learning by studying from the masters, by looking at many classical paintings; ranging from Regency to Edwardian. Although, I have to find a way to adapt those techniques from oils to watercolours, which is a fun challenge.

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First Spell, watercolours on paper, 8×12″, 2019

I liked the look of the early stages of the painting as well, making a note to experiment with even less paint in future projects. Sometimes I find it a bit hard to judge how dark I need to make a watercolour painting; as most artists in this medium will know, scanning the artwork doesn’t always get you the most flattering results in the end. There’s a certain grey/dark tone or evenness I like to achieve (which I’m not doing a good job explaining unfortunately), and scanners mess it up royally with its bright light giving unwanted contrasts across the painting. I’m lucky to have a good Epson scanner, but there are some things that can’t be fixed and I do my best with Photoshop in the end. πŸ˜„

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Original available at the shop.

WIP.

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*Update on In Fate’s Hand Painting Auction

I’ve realized I hadn’t updated the info here on my blog as I had on Instagram. The original painting of In Fate’s Hand that was for auction on Ebay, has now been moved to the shop. I had some issues with Ebay account, as it was a new one, and felt it would get better views directly in the shop. 50% of the sale of the painting will still go the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation as originally planned, so please pass on the word and check it out for yourself if interested. Thanks! πŸ™‚

Team-Bradley References & Sketchbook

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I’ve been really enjoying working in my new mixed-media sketchbook from Stillman & Birn. On the other hand, getting back into doing life-drawing studies/sketches is easier said than done, as I sometimes find myself bored of typical poses that you find online; in terms of reference photos. Aside from my general admiration of their work, artists Noah & Rachel Bradley have come out with a bunch of reference photo packs on their website (which I’ll link below) that have been quite helpful. If you’re looking for some quality references I highly recommend you check out their photography.

Noah & Rachel Bradley Reference Photography Sets

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Also, colour & hair studies for a new painting I’m working on; plus a few demons and horns.

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markers and graphite in Fabriano sketchbook

Heirlooms – August, Shop Update

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A quick update on some new arrivals to my Etsy store, Embers & Stones. If you’re not familiar with my work, alongside creating art I also like to spend some of my time handcrafting fantasy-themed jewellery; mostly using wire-work techniques. I hope you find some time to check it out. πŸ™‚

I decided to try something new this month. I’ve done quite a few earrings, necklaces & bracelets now, but with the holidays approaching (…well when I say approaching πŸ˜…) I thought it would be fun to experiment with some little decorations instead. So far there are 4 of these ornaments up in the shop; this being the ‘Heirlooms’ collection, but I might try some other variations as well.

In Fate’s Hand – Painting & Charity Auction

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This painting has been a bit puzzling for me. Although I’m not unsatisfied with the results, the composition and I suppose just the piece in general was a bit out of the usual for me. I admire artists whose pieces involve lots heavy background work; sceneries, forests, water, etc; but somehow I had moved away from it entirely since university days.

If you follow my work, you may have noticed that nowadays I prefer to work with a mostly a minimal backdrop (white usually). It’s just something I have come to like in my art. There are elements of this piece that I plan on using in the future, although I might not necessarily go this route again in terms of trying to create a full on classical painting. I still find painting nature, trees and such quite interesting; in terms of texture, foliage, etc, but I prefer to incorporate them in the composition without going too heavy on the background. What do you think? Do you think this type of piece wanders too far from my usual style? πŸ˜„

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In Fate’s Hands, watercolours on paper, 11×14″, 2019

Although I mentioned I prefer not to go the route of a full classical painting, most of my favourite artists would fall under that genre. πŸ˜… For this painting for example, I was inspired by the work of the French painter Bouguereau. I love how he paints children in particular, because for myself it’s an absolute nightmare. If you follow me on any of social media you’ll have seen me trying to figure out the alien proportions when it comes to kids. 😁

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AUCTION SUPPORTING CANADIAN FIREFIGHTERS.

*UPDATE.

Auctioning on Ebay didn’t go as planned as I had to create a whole new account for the one painting and I feel it may have impacted how many people actually got to view it. So instead the painting is now available for purchase at the shop. The charity support will stay the same; I’ll still be donating 50% of the sale to the CFFF (just not using Ebay).

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This auction will be contributing to a Canadian charity that supports the brave men and women and their families, who don’t get nearly as much recognition as they deserve. 50% of the sale from this painting will be going to the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Please feel free to share with anyone else you think might be interested. Thankyou.

More info on this charity at http://www.cfff.ca/

 

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Stranger Things – Sketchbook July

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In between the painting I’ve been working on, I decided to take a little break – which basically meant binge-watching all 3 seasons of Stranger Things last weekend. I had some catching up to do. Naturally that resulted in some sketches; well one character in particular. I’m really looking forward to seeing the talented Dacre Montgomery in more roles in the future. As for Billy Hargrove, I knew I’d love the development of his character from the very beginning. And I’ll leave it at that for those who are still catching up. 😣

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