Tuesday, 10 August 2010

more acrylic and another artist.

I am staying with the acrylics for the time being, I am also working on a commission in pastel, but cannot show that until completion, so in the meantime here is a portrait of my JRT 'Oskar' that I am currently working on. So far I am pleased with his progress, and I am beginning to feel a little more confident with the paint. The biggest problem I have found with this one is getting the colours right, he has several different shades of brown in his coat varying from light yellow tan to a dark red brown! As I normally work in pastels I have not really had to mix colour as such, so this is a new experience, luckily I have lots of photos of 'Oskie' as well as the real thing, so reference material for practice will not be a problem. This also has a less traditional feel than my pastel work, and will be a slightly more contemporary option for my pet portraits.  Here is where I am at the moment

Still thinking about my college project I am adding this picture painted by another of my favorite artists Victoria Crowe,  she is the second of four artists that I have chosen for my brief. I love the atmosphere of her art, and again symbolism is a major factor in my attraction to her  work as well as the
multi layering/elements. My ideas are still very loosely formed at this stage, but will be  a continuation of my previous work. I am still thinking about the circle of life, the inevitability of decay and death, but also rebirth in particular as viewed by varied indigenous peoples and religions. The superstitions and myth surrounding certain animals and birds will play a major role and I am  interested in  the part played by
animals and animal spirits,  Shamanism in particular.

This is 'Winter Icon' water colour and mixed media (2009)


pett paintings said...

Great work on Oscar Geraldine, I just don't get on with acrylics no matter how I try they certainly would be an asset so keep it going! x

sue said...

Acrylics obviously suit you Geraldine. Oskar is looking great and this has really begun to 'pop' off the page. Very 3D :o)

geraldine.boley@googlemail.com said...

Thank you Sue and Kay,
I have been trying to use acrylics on and off for a couple of years with little success, but over the past month or so, starting with the looser collage/acrylic paintings I have began to understand them a little better and how they behave differently with the additions of water and mediums and also on different surfaces, and I quite like the stretched canvas for weight and spring, but next time I shall prime it first!!!! ;0)

Laura Barber-Riley said...

Looks great!! I tried acrylics a few months ago, was a total disaster I have no idea how anyone gets anything done in them- or pastels for that matter lol!

geraldine.boley@googlemail.com said...

Lol! thank you Laura, with your mastery of oils, don't think acrylics are a worry ;-)