Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Work in progress


The rain and miserable weather have kept me indoors (so no soaking wet search for a Wryneck for me!) This is good reason to get on with another painting. I started this particular work months ago and it lay abandoned in a portfolio until just the other day.

I have posted previous efforts here and here.



My approach to all of this is very loose. Take a few pictures, use them as reference, embrace a lurid palette of colour and use graphic shapes to build up the composition. I paint over a lot of what I have done, so at times the finished article may have half a dozen layers of gouache in any given area. My source image for this painting was taken in Banstead Woods one late autumn afternoon (below). True representation, scale and perspective is largely ignored to accommodate for a free-flowing style (Psued's Corner this way, please). The owl is going to end up as an ornate, graphic take on a Tawny... at the moment. Progress is slow, so the finished article might still be weeks away.

9 comments:

Derek Faulkner said...

Wow, great stuff, a nice talent and certainly nothing wrong with your eyes if you can paint as well as that.

Factor said...

It's looking really good, mate

Kingsdowner said...

Good one Steve - we're most impressed!

Steve Gale said...

Thank you for your kind comments. Painting is, if nothing else, cheap therapy!

Dylan Wrathall said...

Looks fine from here, a large Mythos to hand!

Steve Gale said...

Have you got one lined up for me Dyl?

DorsetDipper said...

wow - that's a great talent. Reminds me of Eric Ravilious?

I've posted a Gale-esque look back at earlier times at http://dorsetdipper.blogspot.co.uk/2015/09/nostalgia.html

Steve Gale said...

Ravilious?!?! I wished....

Nice bit of nostalgia Dipper, great blogging!

Dylan Wrathall said...

I sincerely hope that it comes to pass - I feel it could get a little messy!