I also finished coding the new web site before the old Moonfruit one expired but decided not to publish as I would not be in a position to interact properly with it for some time, and obviously not be able to sell or post paintings.
Now back at base camp and still not sure whether to go for a website provider as peoples tastes, at least in Britain, have become very bizarre, apparently old rusty manky industrial cabinets are trendy and command a high price being much sought after for use in the home? Also stuff like grotty old galvanized rusty water tanks for tables? Beats me, seems like you can con people into anything these days.
Anyway I have only completed one new painting but worked on a few I started some months ago
The painting is in oil on a board 20x16 inches. The base layer (shown below) was first created using a scumble of Phthalo Green and Permanent blue (Ultramarine), the Roses and flower images were painted from various camera shots, I take quite a lot when we visit gardens. There was no attempt to paint original colors as I was aiming at a colorful composition.
The paints used were Daler-Rowney Georgian oils, I have gone back to these paints as they are exceptional value for money and quite stable. Some artists sneer at them as student paints, well as I write this I am looking at a painting called " Fire Lion" which I painted in these same Rowney paints in 1972 and despite it having been in many inhospitable environments the colors are as fresh and vivid as the day it was painted. Its not so much the paint you use (as long as its reasonable good quality) its how you use it!
The painting was started by roughly laying in the three roses on top of the scumble, the roses were then painted individually in detail and the leaves, flowers etc added one by one to balance the composition. The background was also worked on using Phthalo green plus ultramarine and a touch of red where necessary to produce a feeling of depth.
A quick 12x8 painting on canvas, completed in one sitting.
It was painted on 20x16 inch hardboard primed with Rowney "hardboard primer" (which sadly as far as I know is not available today).
Its been hung in several houses and even had a few years through all seasons in an unheated wooden summer house. It eventually found its way back to me due to a bereavement and now hangs in my studio.
The world is such and always was
and always will be so
and I am such and always was
and never one to crow
and now I'm old and past my prime
and see the status quo
Well the world is such and always was
and always will be so
Copywrite Rob Ward