Sunday, February 26, 2012

A Single Pea

A Single Pea
Oil on ceramic tile
24x24mm

A painting fit for a princess.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Open Wound
Oil onceramic tile
24x24mm

It may seem like a gruesome subject, but many artists have been fascinated by wounds, from Leonardo DaVinci and Gericault, to Francis Bacon. There is something particularly jewel like about them. I'm enjoying painting on the little ceramic squares.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Self Portrait on Broken China
 Oil on broken china

This was just an experiment. I'm not sure that it worked very well...

Sunday, February 19, 2012

(im'be-s1l, -sel)

Self Portriat With Open Mouth (mb-sl, -sl)
 Oil on linen on Plywood
102x65mm

It's one way to avoid the snarling grimace though you run the risk of looking like an imbecile. But if it's good enough for Avigdor Arikha....

" (mb-sl, -sl)
n.
1. A stupid or silly person; a dolt.
2. A person whose mental acumen is well below par.
3. A person of moderate to severe mental retardation having a mental age of from three to seven years and generally being capable of some degree of communication and performance of simple tasks under supervision. The term belongs to a classification system no longer in use and is now considered offensive.
adj. also im·be·cil·ic (mb-slk)
1. Stupid; silly.
2. Well below par in mental acumen.

[From obsolete French imb├ęcille, weak, feeble, from Old French, from Latin imbcillus : in-, not; see in-1 + possibly bacillum, staff, diminutive of baculum, rod; see bak- in Indo-European roots.]

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Quarter Self Portrait


Quarter Self Portrait
 Oil on Ceramic Tile
24x24mm

Well... you don't get the whole thing for this price.  I hate it when people visit my studio unannounced and demand to see The Paintings. When I point out that they are surrounded by paintings they crack jokes about them being small etc... and "have you got any bigger ones"? My reaction is to want to paint even smaller paintings. One day they may well disappear entirely.  I also wanted to try out painting on these little ceramic tiles. I primed it with the clear GAC medium and it seemed to work quite well. I spent two sessions on this one. The smaller ones don't necessarily take less time, you just use smaller brushes.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Self Portrait

Self Portrait
Oil on linen on MDF
100x70mm
$100
sold

Miserable looking bugger isn't he?  I don't know why my self portraits always look like this. I don't feel particularly miserable whilst painting them. I suspect that having the mirror tilted at an angle so I'm looking up my nose has something to do with it perhaps. This was just a little experiment trying out painting on unprimed linen. Well, it's primed with acrylic GAC medium which is transparent, this enables me to use the nice warm brown of the linen.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Two Stacked Matchboxes

Two Stacked Matchboxes
Oil on linen on MDF
92x95mm
$150

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Open Box

Open Box
Oil on linen on MDF 
98x98mm
$1500

Matchbox Cover

Matchbox Cover
Oil on linen on MDF
98x98mm
$150

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Friday, February 03, 2012