Friday, 15 April 2011

Paint Party Friday...rework, re-do and repeat!



This week I've mostly been working on the oil painting of my bro-in-laws house. I asked my sister to send me some reference photos without cars parked outside. Turns out there isn't a time when there aren't cars parked outside!

Also I was slightly off when I dated the house to the 1800s - it was actually built in 1580!!

Anyway I decided I didn't much like what I'd done so far. It seemed flat and the perspective was all wrong. So I repainted most of the painting, changing the angles of windows, walls and the way I applied the paint. I also found myself adding a lot of red and pink; colours which don't really exist in my reference photos but I quite like the result.

I'm not sure why but even if I stand back from the canvas I still don't see the things that are wrong the way I can when I take a photograph. So once I finished last night, I took a photo for the Paint Party and straight away saw that the angles still weren't quite right. Still, I have to leave it to dry again for a few days and hopefully, hopefully I'll get it right and can start with the little details to add some depth on the session.

In other news, I took my portrait of Reuben to work today and found an empty office to draw in at lunchtime because otherwise I'll never get it finished! This has the added bonus that if I'm drawing at lunchtime then I'm not spending money at the shops!


King's House - built in 1580!


I'm off now to see what everyone else has been up to on Paint Party Friday!


46 comments:

  1. awesome painting and a very satisfying thing to do with the lunch hour.

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  2. Really detailed painting. Impressive!

    I had the same problem with my drawing/painting this week. Something was wrong with the pears (my painting subject) but I didn't know what it was.

    Maybe we need to allow time for the painting to "grow" on us. ;)

    Anyway, your painting is really fantastic. Can see you work really hard to achieve that. Great Work!

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  3. You are sooooooooooooo talented, it looks perfect to me, but im no painter!! xxxx

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  4. Oh, I'm in love with that house and the painting of it is adorable! Thanks for visiting my blog, and for your nice comments on my mini book, too! Tomorrow I will be going into details about how I made them, and hope to have all four ready by then! Nice to meet you! Hugs from sunny Kaiserswerth, Valerie

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  5. Nic, it's fantastic, he will love it (and I already do love it, I have the perfect spot in mind for it. He is going to be so thrilled that you have done something so personal for him.
    Hugs xx

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  6. I find it fascinating! I think you're being too hard on yourself.

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  7. The painting is beautiful. What a great painting subject. I agree with Natasha, you are too hard on yourself.

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  8. The painting is fabulous. I agree with everyone you are way too hard on yourself as this is brilliant. Have a great weekend, Annette x

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  9. 1580, omg how wonderful! The painting is lovely.

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  10. Your painting is great! The masses have spoken. We think it is great! Happy PPF!

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  11. HI - wow, 1580 - that's so cool. I love the details here, i blew the picture up on my computer and just admired this...it's very very well done. I wish i lived in that little white building and had an art studio in there! so charming -
    Yes, I scan my work with an Epson scanner....i find that if i hit auto correct on my microsoft picture manager after, it helps retain texture, but that doesnt always work either! .
    I hope this answered you ?'s -
    Love your work! have a great friday - xo

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  12. I agree, the pinks you added here really look good. This is a beautiful painting of a really interesting old building.

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  13. This is just fantastic! Such a old building with such character. Your bro will just love it I am sure! :-)

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  14. I think the painting looks fantastic! I love the colors and the detail so far is amazing. Great work.

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  15. I am in love with this. Totally. I love the reds and pinks. I love everything about this. You do such awesome work! This is stunning! I could look at this for hours...

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  16. There's nothing wrong with this beautiful painting!!! Have you ever tried turning a painting upside down to see "mistakes"? Or you can stand in front of a mirror and look at it too. But I think you've nailed it. All the angles look fine to me. It's just lovely.

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  17. Hi, Happy PPF! That house is just awesome. Oh to live in such a wonderful place. You've done a great job, very detailed, love it!

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  18. I am not ascritical as you seem to be of this painting, Nicola. It is lovely.
    As for perspective and figuring out where I am off? I usually turn it upside down or hold it up to a mirror. That usually brings my faults forward. I chuckle a little, though, about this habit of mine, because I usually welcome a little distortion in my work. :) Paint on!

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  19. Now THIS is a masterpiece! You've taken me back in time with this one, chica! I'm loving the colors and texture...had to look twice to notice it wasn't a funky photograph. I truly love the detail in your work!

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  20. This painting is absolutely charming! I have yet to try oils but intend to very soon.
    I know what you mean about not noticing mistakes until you see them on a screen - That happens to me alot! :0)

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  21. wow..you are very hard on yourself! :) That painting is looking amazing! And quite mad to think its a whole 200+ years older than you thought! Love your ploy on spending less money at lunch..wish I could take my sewing machine with me to my work :)
    You asked about the printer...its an epson stylus p50...not half as pricey as I thought I'd have to splash out on to get good quality prints....however I was warned that paper/card with texture may effect the quality of print as its harder for the paper to hold the colour...so I'm not sure watercolour paper would work...

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  22. Lovely work! That house is a beauty.
    I love oil painting but it's too smelly for my small apt. One day maybe I'll have a studio for oils!
    I agree about seeing mistakes and perspectives. I always need to walk away for awhile and then take anoter look.

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  23. Wow - this painting is amazing. I'm sure your sister and brother-in-law will be ecstatic. Looks like a beautiful and interesting house. 1580!! Such a lot of history and so many stories to tell.

    Kat X

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  24. Not anoter, I mean't another! :)

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  25. oh my goodness, you are so talented. Wonderful work.

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  26. This looks fantastic! Great job!

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  27. 1580! ~ It boggles my mind to think of living in a house that old. It's beautiful!

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  28. Wow, the house looks awesome. Very well done and the angles look fine to me.

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  29. I'd love to live in a house with so much history - you've just got to paint it really!

    Now, in reply to your comment on my post. Yes, most definitely you need to start dressing differently now you are 40 - the more eccentric the better I say (and frankly, any excuse to go shopping...)

    I got the script stamp from Bladerunner stamps. It's a hero arts brand. They've got loads of different brands - and you buy Stampington magazines from them too! A real find :)

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  30. Wow - this is absolutely beautiful (as is)! What a wonderful gift :)

    xo
    Kristin

    p.s. I always see the flaws in my paintings when I take photos (as opposed to just standing back). I think it has something to do with seeing it smaller...

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  31. HI Pointy Pix..So Beautiful..I LOve this ...I'd also love to explore it inside..it stirs my imagination...wonderful work..excellent!!
    victoria~

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  32. So wonderful...1580 wow. Cant wait to see more as I continue with FPP. Thanks for your support .take care, gerri

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  33. that is a great house portrait! is that place haunted? it's so old, there must be a few spirits lingering ;)

    as far as the pinks go... don't ever forget that we as artists have a creative license. :)

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  34. O wow! I think it's looking fabulous! I love the pinky and rosy hues you've added!

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  35. This is so gorgeous! I love it! Can I have it?

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  36. This is so beautiful- I love your choice to add the reds and pimks- GOOD call! From my perspective, it looks well on it's way to being finished- isn't it funny the things artists see in their own work? 'Cause, I don't see any "bad" angles or anything else that's not leading up to an incredible painting!
    Happy PPF (a day late ;))
    Stephanie

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  37. Love the pink tones. I think it is beautiful as is as well, and can't figure out where your perspective is off. Love the texture to it!

    1580 - indeed what tales it could tell! I bet it loves to be painted - wonder if it has been before over that many years?

    Great job!

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  38. What a great wonderful old house, must have tons of history! Great use of added colors,
    Sometimes I'll look at my piece upside down and see what I did wrong straight away. funny how things look in a different perspective. looks great to me right now!

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  39. This is a great house, would love to live there! My daughter wants us to travel to Ireland and last Friday I took a breather to clear my mind and went to a book sale....picked up a book of cats living in Irish and English castles.....talk about being entranced into a dream of a fairytale land.You live in such a gorgeous and very magical place! It shows in your work !

    Annabelle : )

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  40. Your painting is wonderful! I know what you mean about taking a photograph. I do this when I scan a picture. It looks fine until i see it scanned. and then I see a little thing here and there that I have to tweek.
    I think this painting is but perfect the way it is.

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  41. I can't believe this is going to get better! I am awestruck!
    xo

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  42. I´d love to take a stroll down that road. Love the spirit of the house.

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  43. Thank you all so much for such positive and wonderful comments. I suppose we are always our own worst critics. I do think it is better than it was and am quite happy with how it is progressing. The rush is on now to get it finished in time to allow it to dry and get it framed before my bro-in-law's birthday in a couple of weeks!

    Auds, I am so glad you like it seeing as it will be hanging up in your home!!

    Thanks also to everyone who answered the questions I had left on your blogs re different techniques and whatnot - I'm learning so much from PPF! I love it!

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  44. I think this is an incredible painting. I really dont see anything that I'd change. Isn't the photo trick funny to find our "mistakes"? I should learn to always do a quick photo and look it over before deciding something is done.
    -Brandy

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  45. I wish I could see what you mean about the angles, but I honestly think it looks amazing! A lovely gift that is sure to become a family heirloom :)

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