This is my first blog. I wanted to start writing about my art and posting photos of my half finished and completed paintings for you to see.
I am a wildlife artist who specialises in oil paints and realism art. I usually do detailed work and love to paint fur.
Anyway, recently I have been trying new things. I started a series of paintings I called the "Twilight series". A line of paintings where animals are in the shadows. It started when I found a photo I fell in love with. The photo was taken by Greg McCall-Peat who is a ranger in Africa.
I loved how the light was caught on the Leopard and the reflections in the water. I made it a little more contrasted and blocked the colours into the water more, I wanted it to look dramatic.
After I sold this painting and got some great feedback on my facebook page, I decided to do more. I ended up finding backlit photos and altering the contrast and brightness to make them have this effect. I now have more than 10 paintings in my twilight collection. You can see this collectionin my gallery.
After the success of this series, I have started to think of other things that I can do to steer from my usual method of painting. I thought I could try doing a monochrome painting. I don't want to just do any old photo in black and white though, it has to be striking and have the right lighting for it to work I think. I am on the look out and still brain storming for new ideas. I will still continue to do my usual method, I just wanted to try and branch out a little bit.
So that's it for the first post. I have so much more to say, but I'll leave it for next time :)