26 September 2009

Snug as two jugs .....

8 x 8 inches oil on panel - SOLD

Right ..... I also had problems with this one with a certain blogger (yes, you know who you are Rahina ... OOPS!) who wasn't sure what exactly was painted so I guess I need to explain that everything here is painted except the black background which is just the board I hung it on for the photo.
I posted the side view so that you can see the depth of the panel. It also surprised me that the illusion of 3D worked from the side too .... shiver me timbers (am I too late to get the Pirate talk in?).
Still life next time while I work on the other 'trompe' paintings.

25 September 2009

The illusive Pimple ... sorry! ... Pimpernel

Yes, I'm back and a tad later than I thought I would be.
I decided to try and do some more trompe l'oeil (fool the eye - 3D will do just as well) paintings and they take a lot longer to do because of the care you have to take to create the illusion. It no longer is just a painting, it has to look as real as you can make it with a flat surface and some paints.

The painting is hanging on a black board so I can show the shadow the panel casts on the wall to help the illusion (the black background is not part of the painting). The photo below shows it from different angles.

Art Deco Espresso Cup 8 x 8 inches, oil on panel - FOR SALE

Now, some people who had sneak previews actually wondered what is going on here (they thought that the outside 'frame' was real and not painted) .... so I did these four photos of the painting from different angles hanging on a black board.
It is painted on a flat panel that has a frame glued to the back as shown below (courtesy of Dick Blick art supplies).
More 3D and still life to come over the next few days (then probably silence for the next 2 months ;-)

3 September 2009

Back from the dead?

I thought that I had better put something on the blog before it became extinct.
The lack of posting is due to receiving a commission from Winsor & Newton in July. They wanted one of my paintings to put on the labels of a new fine detail canvas that they are going to market, so I did two paintings (so they could choose one of them) and they took both of them ......
They wanted a similar one to the lemons on the home page of my site. I don't know how the design will look yet and they have promised to send some photos when they are done so I will post them when I get them.

This lily painting was done for Regina (a great customer in Bermuda) and I also did two other commissions since the W&N one but can't post them becasue I forgot to take photos before I sent them off!!!!!.
I am working on some new ones though (one trompe l'oeil as promised - which is taking more time than I thought!) and I will try to be a good, if somewhat erratic, blogger by getting them on here soon ..... duck, there goes a flying pig ;-)