Demonstration, Painting Techniques, Paintings

Spooky!

As a follow up to Saturday’s portrait workshop, I decided to start a new painting. So last night I covered an old portrait that wasn’t working with burnt umber and this morning started taking away the paint with a brush and later a cloth dipped in thinners.

The result is a rather spooky image!

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It won’t stay like this for long I need to let this dry and start working into it. Perhaps I’ll post further stages in the development (and perhaps not….)

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Paintings

Memories of Mary in all her Finery

In December 2011 I had three small super 8 films transferred to DVD. I wasn’t sure what I was going to find on them but I did know they were taken by my parents in the 60s. Actually I had hoped I would find a reel with my sister’s wedding filmed in 1969 as I had a funny (guilty!) feeling that it was  rather foolishly put in my care. What did emerge, however, was, firstly, a trip my folks made to Canada to visit an aunt who had emigrated to Winnipeg many years before from dad’s “aul country” of Armagh Brague. The next contained some odd bits and pieces obviously filmed to record every day life in the McClelland household the quality of which had so badly degraded it was frustrating and almost painful to watch through the snowstorm and weird colours which had replaced the old familiar faces of yore. The third was filmed at my sister’s graduation in 1964 outside Queen’s Whitla Hall in Belfast.

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There she was – my sister – a young, newly qualified teacher, fashionable in her navy chiffon shift dress with her hair piled high in a black bouffant – stunning (as she still is) walking towards the camera and beside her Mary, my mum, dressed to the nines in the outfit she had worn to my brother’s wedding the year before! She was always stylish.

Inspired by the Gerhard Richter exhibition I had visited in Tate Modern shortly before I had had the films transferred, I decided to paint my mother  from the archive and this is the result:       (with apologies to Gerhard Richter!)

Mary in her Finery

 “Mary in her Finery” oil on canvas

Paintings

Oranges on a Silver Platter

A couple of images showing the beginning and end result 
of my latest still life which was finished 
this week.
The idea started with a little brown Spanish jug and, 
as can be seen, there are several objects lurking around 
which could have made their way into 
the painting but I decided the oranges/clementines/mandarins/ 
(they seem to have a different name each time 
I visit the supermarket!)
 were just too impressive on their own.
IMG_6306 (1024x683) The photo was taken on one of those rare occasions 
when the sun shone!Oranges on a silver platter
Oranges on a Silver Platter 
Oil on canvas 30cm x 40cm