Saturday, 12 January 2013


Day 12 - 30 in 30

This painting was inspired by so many things.

One of my most popular exhibition pieces is a foil print called "Japan", I love it and can't help wanting to recreate the effect of light bouncing off the foil. As a result I use iridescent paint quite often to highlight and intrigue.  

Another influence is a type of Art using glass and foil which I've seen in photographs but never up close, it's called "Verre Eglomisee" (gilded glass). As you can see my layering technique gives different effects under different light and angles. Unfortunately in a photo it's difficult to see the foil like bronze highlights which glint as you change your viewpoint. Other layers shine differently under different lighting conditions. A painting like this is never boring. I will be exploring this technique further in the coming months.

SUN GAZER - CAT # 13011
Larger Originals or Prints of this ACEO by request
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Here you can probably see hints of Franz Marc, who has been my favourite artist since I first saw his work in the school library: he depicted animals with unique style and especially loved horses. I revel in history, and recently I've enjoyed several T.V. dramas, documentaries and even a musical set in the Ancient world: They certainly loved their gold embellishment! And finally the abstract paintings of Ruth Andre whose dragged paint style I find mesmerizing. So all that has been stirring around in my psyche and the result was this painting.

TIP: Don't be afraid to try something different. You will either be pleasantly surprised or you can paint over it. Loosen up and have some fun.

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How many paintings does it take to become a professional Artist?
The importance of Statistics
"Every Painting should have a hint of red"
Where will your painting find a home?
A fascination for Miniatures - ATC, ACEO, OOAK etc  
"I would rather die of passion than of boredom"
(Cat # 13011 - posted as # 8 on Leslie Saeta's 30 in 30)