Saturday, 29 November 2014

New Painting: After Pieta

I decided to do another painting this evening.  Its probably one of the hardest ones so far as its not every day you decided to do a painting of Michelangelos sculpture Pieta lol.  I painted it in a single session (something I don't do often, as I prefer most times to spread it over a day or three).  Now I have no idea what I'm actually going do with this painting as i already have enough paintings to decorate my flat lol.

Although after doing this one it does mean I shall have to go and stock up on my paint as I'm running low....still have plenty of canvases left though.  The dark smudge on the wall to the left, well thats paint I tried to clean off...I'm a messy painter.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

New Painting: Hunter S Thompson (The King of Gonzo)

Painting of Doctor Hunter S. Thompson

Right now I have more canvases sitting in my art room  / spare bedroom than I know what to do with.  I bought a load of them before I moved away from Edinburgh, and a good mate of mine Steve Harris suggested a painting of Hunter S Thompson. I loved that idea as HST is a hero of mine when it comes to writing.  He always managed to hit the right balance of fact and entertainment.  In fact those with a bit of HST knowledge may recognize that's where the title of my album ;'This is Bat Country!' came form ;)

If you have never read any of his work then I urge you to do so, similarly go and see 'Fear and loathing in Las Vegas' if you haven't already seen it.

The process...and point it nearly all went pair shaped.

This is the largest painting I've done, at 3 feet long and over 2 feet high and I have to admit that about mid way through I seriously was convinced I had miscalculated the mouth and chin area.  Luckily it all came together in the end.  Its a very imposing piece as you can see from the shot to give you a  scale ref below (sorry for the blurriness, but selfies in a dimly lit room are not my forte lol.)

Size reference,... with my best HST pose lol

So as Doctor Hunter S Thompson would say "Buy the ticket, take the ride"