Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Painting Challenge Part 5

Progress made so far this afternoon - nearly finished the hair, I've done a bit more since taking this photo, and I'm about to start mixing the paints for the heart. The end is in sight, however I'm hanging the new exhibition tomorrow and the day after in Oriel Scala so will have to try fit in painting around that :( Ideally the painting needs to be ready for me to hang in that exhibition and ready for the Networking Event/Preview Night at the gallery on Friday night [3rd Sept]...

Monday, 30 August 2010

Painting Challenge Part 4

Spent the afternoon working on the eyes and hand, and touching up the skin tone a bit, I'm proper pleased with the eyes, especially since the first attempt went horrifically wrong! off to finish off the mouth and hopefully the hand...


Mixed Media

I'm always keeping my eyes peeled for new things to draw on to show their possible anatomy, whilst I was working on Shirley the Spanish Dancer doll I started thinking about Gnomes, so several shopping trips later I managed to track a few suitable ones down, and here's the finished result: Jeffrey. I had to repaint the whole thing [clothes and fruit etc] I wanted him bright and colourful and instantly recognizable, so I stuck to traditional gnome colours to juxtapose with the skeletal features....

Sunday, 29 August 2010

Painting Challenge Part 3

Making some progress on the face, its been tricky working out the shades, I wanted hints of purples and pinks, but also hints of blue aswell. I did nearly mess it all up when I got a bit slap happy with the blue earlier on, but managed to save it! phew! Its getting there slowly :)

Friday, 27 August 2010

Helfa Gelf

I'm taking part in Helfa Gelf from the gallery [Oriel Scala] this year, along with other resident members, Keith Millward, Susie Liddle and Megs Owen, we'll have a bit more space to exhibit work than usual, which has meant lots of time in the studio and the painting challenge! We'll be in the gallery on the Helfa Gelf weekends [I'm currently in the Fridays 10th and 24th and perhaps some of the other days aswell] if your around free feel to pop in and have a nosy!

More info can be found at Helfa Gelf's Website

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Painting Challenge Part 2

Here's an update on my new painting/challenge, the canvas is made - handmade wooden canvas [plywood panel instead of a linen canvas] got the first washes, and background done, and started work on the bunny ears - which have posed me quite a challenge [something always does!!] I've ended up painting in lots of tiny hairs to try and make them look fluffy, very time consuming, but it looks pretty good, in the gallery [Oriel Scala] all day tomorrow and work on Saturday so will have to try squeeze in a couple of hours painting before bed to try get cracking on the rest of the painting, I'm about half way through my time frame at the moment....

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Painting Challenge Part 1

I've set myself the challenge to try and produce a painting in just over a week, ready for change over in Oriel Scala, which means starting from scratch - from the initial sketches to making a canvas then finally painting, so here's a quick photo-recap of my progress so far, I started on Monday and am aiming to be finished by the end of August so I can take it in for the new exhibition, hopefully it'll get done in time, if not its ok because it's Helfa Gelf month in the gallery so it'll be fine to show a painting in progress as its all about open studios, so really I can't lose :D

[Little note to explain that Helfa Gelf is basically an Art Trail across North Wales of open art studios and galleries, where you go round and have a good old nosy at artists in their natural habitat!]

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Oriel Scala Review

Here's a link to a review of the current exhibition at Oriel Scala which features Graduates from Llandrillo College and Glyndwr University, I helped to organize and hang the exhibition and completed my degree at both institutions so I'm linked pretty closely to this particular exhibition, and I'm very proud of it :) My work also gets a nice mention too :D

Monday, 2 August 2010


Mixed Media

Second of the new porcelain dolls - Angelic.

[Small sidenote - there's a bit of a glare/reflection on the normal side of her face - its the light shining off the varnish I use to seal them, very unprofessional photography wise I know and apoplogize]

Sunday, 1 August 2010


Mixed Media

I'm really starting to like the Porcelain Dolls, especially after 'Precious' had such a positive response when she was in Oriel Scala - after initial fears that she may be too creepy for the gallery, thankfully these fears were unfounded and she got alot of attention and comments, encouragement [aswell as discouragement] is always a nice thing to here, so here's the first of the new batch of porcelain dolls, she's called 'Cherish'. I'm constantly learning more and more about painting and anatomy whilst I'm working on the dolls, which of course is a good thing, its also giving me the confidence to try more ambitious projects and push things further...