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Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2022 - I entered

April 13th, 2021

Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2022 - I entered

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Real-time demo here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKP7YsVXMLM
In this video, I take you through the creation of a self portrait painting that I created for my entry to Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2022 - mostly used interactive acrylics for this one. Check out the finished painting here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/mike-jory-artist-self-portrait-mike-jory.html


Black cattle painting

April 4th, 2021

Black cattle painting

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 'Let's get together' - check out the finished painting here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/black-cattle-painting-mike-jory.html 

You can watch the real time demo video of this painting coming to life here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wpi2tA1-7_A

 This week, I take you through a real-time demo of a painting of four black cattle. These 4 steer were encountered in a field on the outskirts of Exeter in Devon, Uk and I was struck by the multitude of colors in their gleaming coats along with the ever-changing patterns they created as the herd moves around. Cow paintings (well these are steer actually) are one of my favourite subjects, I hope that you enjoy the video!
Materials used:
Daler Rowney A2 Mixed Media Paper; Blue watercolor marker pen, Conventional Acrylics: System 3, titanium white & fluorescents: red, yellow, blue, pink; titanium white. Interactive acrylics: titanium white, tinting white, alizarin crimson, ultramarine blue, cadmium yellow deep, burnt umber. Brushes: 2" decorating brush, 1" and half inch synthetic flats; small filbert and small round (both synthetic)

Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Week - Season 3 - Nicola Coughlan

February 28th, 2021

Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Week - Season 3 - Nicola Coughlan


Check out my finished painting of Nicola Coughlan here https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/nicola-coughlan-portrait-painting-mike-jory.html Created this for Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Week, season 3 episode 1.
Materials: Daler Rowney A2 mixed media paper, conventional acrylics: titanium white, cadmium red, cadmium yellow. Chroma interactive acrylic: tinting white, permanent alizarin, cerulean blue, cadmium yellow light. Brushes: 1 inch flat, half inch flat, small filbert (all synthetic)
#PAOTW #myPAOTW #SkyArtsPortraitArtistoftheWeek

Chartwell Gardens Surreal Painting - Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2021

February 28th, 2021

Chartwell Gardens Surreal Painting - Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2021

We're up to episode 4 of the Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2021. Unable to attend as a wildcard artist due to travel restrictions, I decide to paint the scene from my TV. You can see the finished painting here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/chartwell-gardens-mike-jory.html

Materials used: A2 Daler Rowney mixed media paper; Peacock blue watercolor marker pen; medium synthetic flat and round watercolour brushes. Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolours: French ultramarine and Cerulean blues, Alizarin crimson and Cadmium yellow light, Burnt umber and Neutral tint.
Chroma interactive acrylics: titanium white; alizarin crimson; french ultramarine blue; cadmium yellow light; burnt umber, orange; synthetic brushes: flats 0.5inch and 0.75inch, small filbert

Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2021 - episode 3 - West Reservoir London - Inktense painting

February 15th, 2021

Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2021 - episode 3 - West Reservoir London - Inktense painting


Inktense travel set sketch of the West Reservoir in London. See the finished painting here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/west-reservoir-london-painting-sky-arts-landscape-artist-of-the-year-mike-jory.html This painting was inspired by Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2021 episode 3
Materials:
Inktense travel set, A2 Daler Rowney mixed media paper, water brushes flat and round.
#LAOTY #LandscapeArtistoftheYear

Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2021 - episode 2 - West Wycombe Park - Swans watercolor painting demo

February 7th, 2021

Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2021 - episode 2 - West Wycombe Park - Swans watercolor painting demo


 See the zoomable hires watercolor painting 'Gliding by' here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/west-wycombe-park-music-hall-folly-swans-lake-painting-mike-jory.html This week, inspired by episode 2 of Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2021, I take you through a real time demo of a watercolour painting of 2 swans on the lake at West Wycombe Park in Buckinghamshire in England. The painting is created using a little bit of sharpie marker and then the rest is done in impressionist watercolor, the swans are deliberately left partially transparent to reflect the idea that they are moving and we are just getting to glimpse a moment in time.
Materials: A2 The Langton watercolor paper, synthetic bruhses, large round mop; large, med and small flats and a small round. Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolours: French ultramarine and Cerulean blues, Alizarin crimson and Cadmium yellow light. Chroma titanium white interactive acrylic, Sharpie marker pens (light and medium blues)
#LAOTY #LandscapeArtistoftheYear

Lost and found edges in impressionist watercolor painting of a restaurant interior

January 31st, 2021

Lost and found edges in impressionist watercolor painting of a restaurant interior


 'This place is really popular' - check out the finished watercolor painting of this restaurant interior here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/restaurant-painting-loose-impressionist-watercolor-watercolour-painting-mike-jory.html
In this week's Sunday Art Show, I take you through a real-time demo of how to use watercolour to create a loose and lively restaurant interior painting. Watercolor is applied in fluid washes taking account of the big shapes in the scene, working from light to dark. As these washes mingle, colour mixing effects and naturally occurring edges are created. Once dry, a ball point pen is used to add defining line work in key areas. Some areas are deliberately left untouched. Then, more opaque watercolor paint is added to enhance the contrast and some detail here and there to create and energetic impressionist scene fully of the buzz of a busy lunch time.
Materials used: A3 The Langton watercolour paper, synthetic brushes, Winsor and Newton professional watercolours: Alizarin Crimson, French Ultrmarine Blue, Cadmium Yellow Light, Burnt Umber, Neutral Tint and a blue biro.

Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year - Chartwell House - Episode 1

January 25th, 2021

Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year - Chartwell House - Episode 1


 This week, I paint Chartwell House in England using watercolor and a little ballpoint pen. You can see the finished painting here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/charwell-house-england-watercolor-painting-mike-jory.html
In this real-time demo, I begin with a very loose application of watercolour and then gradually define areas of light and dark. Next, I add a few biro lines to include some minimalist drawing. The finishing stages include adding more watercolor and biro to enhance the texture and detail. Enjoyed creating this watercolor painting of a large house in the English countryside.
Materials used: A2 The Langton textured watercolor paper; Winsor and Newton Professional watercolour paints: Cerulean blue, French ultramarine blue, Alizarin crimson, Cadmium red, Cadmium yellow light, Neutral tint; Brushes are all synthetic: Jackson's Raven No 6 Round Mop; Artdiscount own brand small round, generic flat approx half inch wide, Princeton Neptune 1" oval wash; Matthew Palmer branch and detail brush (small) and a No 1 rigger by Daler Rowney; Ball point pens are just random biros I had: dark blue and a light blue.
#laoty #LandscapeArtistoftheYear #SkyArts #ChartwellHouse #laoty2021 #episode1

Highland Cow Painting

January 17th, 2021

Highland Cow Painting


 This week, I do a real time demo showing how to paint some Scottish Highland cows complete with long shaggy coats and big horns. You can see the finished painting here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/highland-cattle-cows-with-horns-painting-mike-jory.html
This was actually a work in progress from 11 years ago, I had previously created a mixed media drawing from the same reference that you can see here:
https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/highland-cows-mike-jory.html
Materials: For the painting, I had already put down a base layer of conventional acrylic on A2 mixed media paper by Daler Rowney. Over the top of this I use Chroma Atelier interactive acrylics: alizarin crimson, french ultramarine blue, cadmium yellow light, tinting white, titanium white and burnt umber. Brushes: flat synthetics and a small filbert.
#highlandcowpainting #highlandcow #highlandcows #howtopaintacow

Belted galloway cows on the beach surreal watercolour painting

January 10th, 2021

Belted galloway cows on the beach surreal watercolour painting


 'Belties at Budleigh' see the finished painting here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/belted-galloway-cow-at-budleigh-salterton-beach-painting-mike-jory.html
This week, I paint some belted galloway cows on the pebble beach at Budleigh Salterton in Devon, England to create a surreal watercolor painting. For the first part of the painting, created while sitting on the beach, working plein air, I used watercolour to capture and enhance the vibrant colours in the tree-topped red cliffs of the Jurassic Coast. Then, once I returned to the studio, I continued using watercolor paint along with some watercolour marker pens to add a surreal element to the painting, three belted galloway cattle are added to the scene, one at the water's edge, one actually standing on the water, and the main beltie in the foreground actually standing beyond the edges of the scene!
Materials used:
Winsor and Newton Professional Watercolours: Alizarin Crimson, French Ultramarine Blue, Cadmium Yellow Light, Burnt Umber, Neutral Tint. Spectrum Noir Watercolour Marker Pens (Peacock Blue). Chroma atelier interactive acrylic titanium white. Daler Rowney A2 mixed media paper

Esta semana, pinto algunas vacas galloway con cinturón en la playa de guijarros de Budleigh Salterton en Devon, Inglaterra, para crear una pintura de acuarela surrealista. Para la primera parte de la pintura, creada mientras estaba sentado en la playa, trabajando al aire libre, utilicé acuarela para capturar y realzar los colores vibrantes en los acantilados rojos cubiertos de árboles de la Costa Jurásica. Luego, una vez que regresé al estudio, continué usando pintura de acuarela junto con algunos rotuladores de acuarela para agregar un elemento surrealista a la pintura, se agregan tres ganado galloway con cinturón a la escena, uno en la orilla del agua, uno realmente parado en el agua, ¡y el cinturón principal en primer plano realmente parado más allá de los bordes de la escena!
本周,我在英格兰德文郡Budleigh Salterton的卵石海滩上画了一些腰带盖洛威牛,以创作超现实的水彩画。 对于这幅画的第一部分,它是坐在沙滩上,在柔和的空气中创作的,我用水彩画捕捉并增强了侏罗纪海岸树顶红色悬崖上鲜艳的色彩。 然后,回到工作室后,我继续使用水彩颜料和一些水彩笔在画中添加了超现实的元素,在场景中添加了三头带腰带的盖洛韦牛,其中一头位于水边,另一头实际上站在水边。 水,前景中的主要腰带实际上站在场景的边缘之外!
Diese Woche male ich einige Galloway-Kühe mit Gürtel am Kieselstrand von Budleigh Salterton in Devon, England, um ein surreales Aquarell zu schaffen. Für den ersten Teil des Gemäldes, das ich am Strand im Freien erstellt habe, habe ich Aquarell verwendet, um die leuchtenden Farben in den baumbestandenen roten Klippen der Juraküste einzufangen und zu verbessern. Als ich dann ins Studio zurückkehrte, verwendete ich weiterhin Aquarellfarbe zusammen mit einigen Aquarellmarkierungsstiften, um dem Gemälde ein surreales Element hinzuzufügen. Der Szene wurden drei Galloway-Rinder mit Gürtel hinzugefügt, eines am Wasser, eines tatsächlich auf dem Wasser und der Hauptgürtel im Vordergrund stehen tatsächlich hinter den Rändern der Szene!
Cette semaine, je peins des vaches Galloway ceinturées sur la plage de galets de Budleigh Salterton dans le Devon, en Angleterre, pour créer une aquarelle surréaliste. Pour la première partie de la peinture, créée alors que j'étais assis sur la plage, travaillant en plein air, j'ai utilisé l'aquarelle pour capturer et améliorer les couleurs vibrantes des falaises rouges surmontées d'arbres de la côte jurassique. Puis, une fois de retour au studio, j'ai continué à utiliser de la peinture à l'aquarelle avec quelques marqueurs aquarelle pour ajouter un élément surréaliste à la peinture, trois bovins galloway ceinturés sont ajoutés à la scène, un au bord de l'eau, un debout sur le l'eau, et la ceinture principale au premier plan se tenant au-delà des bords de la scène!
Den här veckan målar jag några galloway-kor med bälte på stenstranden vid Budleigh Salterton i Devon, England för att skapa en surrealistisk akvarellmålning. För den första delen av målningen, skapad när jag satt på stranden och arbetade plein air, använde jag akvarell för att fånga och förstärka de livfulla färgerna i de röda klipporna på Jurassic Coast. När jag väl återvände till studion fortsatte jag med att använda vattenfärgfärg tillsammans med några vattenfärgpennor för att lägga till ett surrealistiskt element i målningen, tre bältade galloway-nötkreatur läggs till på scenen, en vid vattnet, en som faktiskt står på vatten och huvudbandet i förgrunden som faktiskt står utanför scenens kanter!

The Sunday Art Show - Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Week - Melanie Blatt

November 8th, 2020

The Sunday Art Show - Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Week - Melanie Blatt


See the finished painting here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/melanie-blatt-portrait-artist-of-the-week-mike-jory.html
This week's video is a real time demo of a portrait painting of All Saints singer /songwriter Melanie Blatt. I created this for episode 3 of Sky Arts, Portrait Artist of the Week, season 2. I begin with a loose pencil sketch, then go over this and correct as I go using a blue watercolor marker pen followed by a gray marker. The sketching portion is shown in time lapse but after this short section, the video switches to real time and I talk through my thought process and show painting and paint mixing every step of the way as I apply interactive acrylics to mixed media paper.
Materials used: 7B graphite pencil, blue and grey Winsor & Newton watercolour marker pens, A2 Daler Rowney mixed media paper, synthetic brushes (flats approx half inch and 3/4 inch and a small filbert), interactive acrylics by Chroma (alizarin crimson, french ultramarine blue, cadmium yellow light, burnt umber, titanium white) #PAOTW #myPAOTW

The Sunday Art Show - Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Week - Nihal Arthanayake

November 1st, 2020

The Sunday Art Show - Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Week - Nihal Arthanayake


We are up to episode 2 of Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Week (season 2). For this week's show, the sitter is BBC radio and television presenter Nihal Arthanayake. This video is a real-time demo of how I created Nihal's portrait painting using interactive acrylics by Chroma Inc. You can see the finished portrait painting here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/nihal-arthanayake-portrait-painting-paotw-mike-jory.html
Materials: Daler-Rowney A2 mixed media paper; 7B pencil; magenta watercolour marker pen (Winsor & Newton); Chroma Inc interactive acrylics: titanium white, burnt umber, cadmium yellow light, alizarin crimson, french ultramarine blue, cerulean blue; Synthetic brushes: flat brushes (approx widths: 1", half inch) and a small round flat.

The Sunday Art Show - Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Week - Annie MacManus

October 25th, 2020

The Sunday Art Show - Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Week - Annie MacManus


Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Week season 2, episode 1. Portrait painting of DJ, presenter and author Annie MacManus. This week, I use interactive acrylics to create an expressive, colourful and lively portrait painting.
See the finished painting here:
https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/annie-macmanus-portait-artist-of-the-week-mike-jory.html
Check out the Portrait Artist of the Week show here: facebook.com/skytv
Materials used: Daler Rowney Mixed media paper A2; 8B or 9B pencil; Winsor and Newton watercolour marker pen (turquoise); Chroma Interactive Acrylics: Alizarin Crimson, French Ultramarine and Cerulean Blues; Cadmium Yellow Light; Burnt Umber; Titanium White; Flat and round synthetic brushes
#mypaotw #paotw #PortraitArtistoftheWeek #AnnieMacManus

How to paint a Zebra Fish in watercolor - Animal Alphabet Challenge completed

October 18th, 2020

How to paint a Zebra Fish in watercolor - Animal Alphabet Challenge completed

After many months and 26 episodes, the Animal Alphabet Painting Challenge is complete!!! For the final episode, I start with a sharpie marker drawing and the complete the picture using watercolor.
Zebra fish finished painting
https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/zebra-fish-watercolor-painting-mike-jory.html
Animal Alphabet Paintings complete collection:
https://mike-jory.pixels.com/collections/the+animal+alphabet+challenge
Materials used: A4 Daler Rowney mixed media paper, black sharpie marker pen, synthetic watercolour brushes: round mop, rigger, small round and small flat, Winsor and Newton professional watercolours: Alizarin crimson, Ultramarine blue, Cadmium yellow, Cerulean Blue

 

Portrait Artist of the Week season 2 getting ready

October 18th, 2020

Portrait Artist of the Week season 2 getting ready


 A few months ago, I took part in the weekly interactive facebook show, Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Week. In this video, I review all the different portraits and techniques from my season 1 paintings and form a loose plan for season 2. Take part or just enjoy the show at 10am (UK time) on Sunday 18th October 2020 and for several days after here: https://www.facebook.com/SkyTV/

The Sunday Art Show - Rame Head in Cornwall Painting - How to paint a stormy coastal scene

October 11th, 2020

The Sunday Art Show - Rame Head in Cornwall Painting - How to paint a stormy coastal scene


This week, we are down on the south coast of Cornwall on a very windy and stormy day, looking over Whitsand Bay to Rame Head and the ancient chapel that sits on the cliff top there. I use watercolor paints to create a range of textures in a multi-layered style to capture the flat, diffuse light that occurs in cloudy stormy weather in England.
See the finished painting, 'Storm at Rame Head' https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/rame-head-cornwall-painting-mike-jory.html
Other paintings featured in the video can be seen here:
Pony and Foal - 'Shelter Me' - https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/pony-and-foal-mike-jory.html
Belted Galloway Cows Painting - 'About To Rain' - https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/belted-galloway-cows-painting-about-to-rain-mike-jory.html
'The Golden Flock' - Colorful Sheep Art - https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/the-golden-flock-colorful-sheep-art-mike-jory.html
'The Gloomy Sky' - https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/gloomy-overcast-cloudy-day-devon-rolling-hills-mike-jory.html
'Sunshine and Showers' - https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/rainy-day-in-devon-mike-jory.html
'Stormy Winter' - https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/devon-valley-landscape-painting-stormy-winter-mike-jory.html
'Evening Blues' - https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/dramatic-evening-sky-and-horizon-mike-jory.html
Materials used this week: Daler-Rowney The Langton Watercolour paper (A2) rough 140 llb; Winsor and Newton Professional Watercolours: Alizarin Crimson, French Ultramarine Blue; Cerulean Blue; Burnt Umber; Cadmium Yellow; Synthetic Brushes: Round Mop; small round, round flat and square flat.

The Sunday Art Show - Belted Galloway Cows and Flowers Painting - Ten Hundred art prompt competition - I entered

October 4th, 2020

The Sunday Art Show - Belted Galloway Cows and Flowers Painting - Ten Hundred art prompt competition - I entered


 This week, I enter a youtube art prompt competition run by US artist Ten Hundred, the prompt being "Reaching new heights". I decide to go surreal and paint some very loose impressionist flowers and plants using watercolor on a large canvas to paint en plein air an arrangement of intertwined flora. Then using watercolor marker pen and a touch of interactive acrylic, I add 5 belted galloway cows amongst the garden life, including one tiny cow atop the highest flower, hence "reaching new heights"! Links to paintings from the video:
"Belted Galloway Cows Reaching New Heights... Can you see us?" https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/belted-galloway-cows-in-flowers-surreal-painting-mike-jory.html
Belties or belted galloway cow paintings here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/collections/belted+galloway+cow+paintings
My surreal paintings here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/collections/surreal
Check out Ten Hundred's art here:
Ten Hundred Art website: https://www.tenhundredart.com/
Ten Hundred Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/tenhundred
Materials:
Primed stretched canvas approx 21"x16"; Round synthetic watercolor brushes: Winsor and Newton Professional Watercolours: Alizarin crimson, French ultramarine blue, Cadmium yellow light, Burnt umber; Winsor and Newton watercolour marker pen Prussian Blue; Atelier interactive acrylic titanium white.

The Sunday Art Show - Expressive impressionist watercolor street scene painting

September 27th, 2020

The Sunday Art Show - Expressive impressionist watercolor street scene painting


This week, I take you through, step by step, how to paint a street scene in watercolor. Inspired by the sight of a twisted and crooked church spire in Chesterfield, England, I use a combination of simple, clean washes, wet-in-wet and dry brush to create and expressive, impressionist scene of Chesterfield town centre looking at the iconic church tower from a road bordered by a large Tudor building. You can see the finished painting 'Sunday morning in Chesterfield' here:
https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/chesterfield-church-painting-mike-jory.html
Materials: Daler-Rowney The Langton Watercolour paper (A2) rough 140 llb; Winsor and Newton Professional Watercolours: Alizarin Crimson, French Ultramarine Blue; Cerulean Blue; Burnt Umber; Cadmium Yellow; Synthetic Brushes: Round Mop; small round, round flat and square flat.

The Sunday Art Show - Expressive impressionist watercolor river painting - Lynmouth in Devon

September 20th, 2020

The Sunday Art Show - Expressive impressionist watercolor river painting - Lynmouth in Devon


This week, I am inspired by a visit to Lynmouth in North Devon and use watercolor and a touch of white acrylic to create this river valley landscape painting. See the finished painting here https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/lynmouth-north-devon-looking-upstream-watercolour-painting-mike-jory.html
Materials used: A2 Langton watercolor paper; synthetic brushes (round mop, rounds, rigger, flat); water spray bottle; Winsor & Newton professional watercolors (french ultramarine blue, cerulean blue, alizarin crimson, cadmium yellow, neutral tint); Chroma Inc Atelier interactive acrylic (titanium white - just used for highlights at the very end)

The Sunday Art Show - How to do a black and white impressionist drawing of a bicycle

September 13th, 2020

The Sunday Art Show - How to do a black and white impressionist drawing of a bicycle


This week, I create a black and white (with a little blue) drawing of a bicycle in impressionist style using a ball point pen (biro) and a Winsor & Newton grey alcohol based marker pen.
See the finished drawing 'halflash' here https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/flatland-bmx-halflash-trick-drawing-mike-jory.html

The Sunday Art Show - How to paint a yak in watercolor - Animal Alphabet Challenge - episode Y

September 6th, 2020


 This week, we are up to episode Y of the Animal Alphabet Challenge and I paint a yak, Check out the finished painting here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/yak-painting-mike-jory.html see the Alphabet collection so far here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/collections/the+animal+alphabet+challenge
Materials used:
A4 Daler Rowney mixed media paper; synthetic brushes (round and flat); sharpie marker (black); Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolours: Alizarin crimson, French ultramarine blue, cadmium yellow, permanent rose, neutral tint, cerulean blue

The Sunday Art Show - Ten minute watercolor beach painting - Valley of the Rocks

August 30th, 2020

The Sunday Art Show - Ten minute watercolor beach painting - Valley of the Rocks

 

This week, I take a ten minute painting challenge...can I paint a beach painting, working en plein air, in watercolor in just ten minutes? Our location is the amazing Valley of the Rocks in North Devon and the secret beach that sits at the base of the high cliffs. Check out the finished painting here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/valley-of-the-rocks-beach-lynton-lynmouth-north-devon-mike-jory.html
Materials used: A3 Daler Rowney mixed media paper; Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolours (Alizarin Crimson, French Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue, Cadmium Yellow, Burnt Umber, Neutral Tint); Synthetic Brushes (Round Mop, round and flat)

The Sunday Art Show - Portraits for NHS Heroes

August 23rd, 2020

The Sunday Art Show - Portraits for NHS Heroes

When the Covid-19 pandemic hit and the UK went into lockdown in early 2020, Oxford portrait artist Tom Croft (check out his website here: http://www.thomascroft.co.uk/ ) responded by creating a movement that would celebrate the most heroic people during this difficult time. Portraits for NHS Heroes used social media to pair artists across the UK (and the World) with key workers in the NHS. This video gives you a glimpse of the impact of the movement, a look at Tom's work and also details how I created a portrait painting for an NHS key worker.
Materials used: wrapped canvas; watercolour marker pens; conventional acrylics; interactive acrylics; synthetic brushes

The Sunday Art Show - How to paint a xenops bird on a branch with line and wash watercolor

August 16th, 2020

The Sunday Art Show - How to paint a xenops bird on a branch with line and wash watercolor

This week is episode X of the Animal Alphabet Challenge. You can check out the finished painting of a Xenops bird here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/xenops-bird-colorful-painting-mike-jory.html and view the Animal Alphabet drawings and paintings so far here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/collections/the+animal+alphabet+challenge
Materials: Sharpie marker pen; A4 Daler-Rowney mixed media paper; Winsor and Newton Professional Watercolours: Alizarin crimson. Ultramarine Blue, Cadmium Yellow, Burnt Umber; Synthetic watercolor brushes

The Sunday Art Show - Plein air painting on the beach

August 9th, 2020

The Sunday Art Show - Plein air painting on the beach

This week, we're on the pebble beach at Budleigh Salterton on a bright but blustery day, painting a plein air beach painting including red cliffs and a red sea using interactive acrylics. Check out the finished painting 'Breezy at Budleigh' here:
https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/pebble-beach-red-sea-and-cliffs-at-budleigh-salterton-painting-mike-jory.html
Materials used: Aterlier interactive acrylics by Chroma: Pearlescent tinting white, alizarin crimson, ultramarine blue, cadmium yellow light, burnt umber; Daler-Rowney mixed media paper; flat and round flat synthetic brushes; Winsor and Newton field easel; Turquoise watercolor marker by Winsor and Newton

The Sunday Art Show - Ten Minute Cow Painting - Belted Galloway

August 2nd, 2020

The Sunday Art Show - Ten Minute Cow Painting - Belted Galloway



This week, I set myself the challenge of painting a belted galloway cow in just ten minutes. Do I suceed? watch the video to find out. You can see the completed painting in zoomable high resolution here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/belted-galloway-cow-painting-beltie-and-blue-sky-mike-jory.html
Materials used: Daler-Rowney A2 mixed media paper, flat and round-flat synthetic brushes, Chroma Atelier interactive acrylics (alizarin crimson, ultramarine blue, cadmium yellow, burnt umber, titanium white), Winsor & Newton professional watercolours (cobalt blue, alizarin crimson and ultramarine blue)

The Sunday Art Show - Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Week - Dame Mary Beard

July 26th, 2020

The Sunday Art Show - Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Week - Dame Mary Beard



This week, I show you how I created a portrait painting of Dame Mary Beard for week 9 of Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year. You can see the finished painting here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/dame-mary-beard-portrait-painting-mypaotw-mike-jory.html
Materials used: A2 Daler-Rowney mixed media paper, Winsor & Newton watercolor markers (turquoise and magenta), Chroma Inc Atelier interactive acrylics: alizarin crimson, french ultramarine blue, cadmium yellow, titanium white, burnt umber, Synthetic brushes (flats and round flat)

The Sunday Art Show - How to paint a landscape using a water brush

July 19th, 2020

The Sunday Art Show - How to paint a landscape using a water brush



This week, I paint a landscape in watercolor using a waterbrush that is inspired by a hidden valley near Exeter in Devon. Tall reeds, trees, hedges, fields and hills all feature in this expressive, impressionist landscape painting.
See a high resolution version of the painting here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/long-reeds-and-trees-in-english-valley-watercolor-painting-mike-jory.html
You can see various home decor items featuring this design here: https://www.redbubble.com/people/mikejory/works/52430181-reeds-and-trees-in-valley-surreal-watercolor-painting?asc=u
Materials: Daler Rowney mixed media paper (A2), Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolors: Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue, Cadmium Yellow, Burnt Umber, Permanent Rose, Synthetic Water brushes (flat and round), paper towel

The Sunday Art Show - Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Week - Professor Green

July 12th, 2020

The Sunday Art Show - Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Week - Professor Green



Week 8 of Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Week and for this episode I create several quick sketches using ball point pen and alcohol-based marker then do a painting that you can see here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/professor-green-musician-rapper-portrait-painting-mypaotw-mike-jory.html
Other paintings / drawings from the video: Owl: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/owl-drawing-mike-jory.html ; Beaver: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/beaver-drawing-mike-jory.html ; Cattle on Dartmoor: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/1-black-cows-on-dartmoor-mike-jory.html
Materials used:
Daler Rowney mixed media paper, ball point pen (blue), Winsor and Newton alcohol-based promarker (cool grey), metallic blue acrylic paint, conventional acrylic (fluorescent pink, fluorescent red, fluorescent yellow, fluorescent blue, titanium white); interactive acrylics (alizarin crimson, ultramarine blue, cadmium yellow, burnt umber, titanium white), synthetic flat and round brushes

The Sunday Art Show - How to paint a warthog and wildebeest in watercolor

July 5th, 2020

The Sunday Art Show - How to paint a warthog and wildebeest in watercolor



Episode W of the Animal Alphabet Challenge. Using sharpie marker pen and watercolor, I paint a Wildebeest and then do a painting of a Warthog.
See the finished Wildebeest painting here https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/wildebeest-painting-mike-jory.html and the finished Warthog painting here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/wildebeest-painting-mike-jory.html
Materials used: Sharpie marker (black), Daler Rowney mixed media paper (A4), Winsor & Newton professional watercolours (Alizarin crimson, Ultramarine blue, Cadmium yellow light, Burnt umber), synthetic brushes (round mop, round point, round flats)

The Sunday Art Show - Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Week - Clare Balding

June 28th, 2020

The Sunday Art Show - Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Week - Clare Balding



We're up to week 7 of the Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Week show. In my quest to use a new technique in each of these PAOTW videos, here I combine watercolor (dry brush), ball point pen and graphite pencil in an unusual order to create a mized media portrait painting of Clare Balding.
See the finished painting (hi resolution and zoomable) here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/clare-balding-portrait-painting-mypaotw-paotw-mike-jory.html
Check out Aine Divine's website here: http://ainedivinepaintings.co.uk/
Materials used: Daler Rowney mixed media paper, black ball point pen, winsor and newton watercolors (ultramarine blue, alizarin crimson, cadmium yellow light, burnt umber), flat synthetic brush, 8B graphite pencil
#paotw #mypaotw

The Sunday Art Show - How to paint the view out of a window

June 21st, 2020

The Sunday Art Show - How to paint the view out of a window



This week, I show you how to paint the view of a garden, fence, parking lot and trees out of a window using a preliminary sharpie marker drawing and watercolor painting.
See the finished painting here https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/view-out-of-a-window-plein-air-watercolor-painting-mike-jory.html
Materials: Daler Rowney mixed media paper (A2); Sharpie marker pens (light grey, brown and red); Winsor & Newton synthetic round mop brush; Artdiscount synthetic round watercolor brush

The Sunday Art Show - Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Week - Noel Fielding

June 14th, 2020

The Sunday Art Show - Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Week - Noel Fielding






This week, I demonstrate a mixed media approach with a portrait painting of Noel Fielding for Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Week episode 6. You can see the finished painting here:
https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/noel-fielding-portrait-painting-paotw-mypaotw-mike-jory.html
Materials: Daler-Rowney mixed media paper, flat and round synthetic brushes, Winsor & Newton watercolor marker pens (burnt umber, magenta, turquoise), black ball point pen

The Sunday Art Show - Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Week - Will Young

June 7th, 2020

The Sunday Art Show - Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Week - Will Young



This week, I demonstrate an unusual technique to paint a portrait of Will Young for episode 5 of Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Week. See the finished portrait painting here https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/will-young-portrait-painting-paotw-mypaotw-week-5-mike-jory.html
I begin by doing fourteen, really quick (less than 10 minutes each) sketches of Will each with a different expression using just a brown sharpie marker pen and washes of sepia watercolor paint. Then, I create my finished portrait painting using the same technique but taking more time.
Materials used: Brown Sharpie marker pen, Winsor & Newton sepia watercolour paint, synthetic brushes (large round mop and medium round), mixed media paper.

The Sunday Art Show - Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Week - Robert Rinder

May 31st, 2020

The Sunday Art Show - Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Week - Robert Rinder



This week, I show you a muliti-media approach to portrait painting including several tips for beginners as I paint Rob Rinder for week 4 of the Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Week. See the hi-res zoomable version of my portrait painting of Judge Robert Rinder here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/judge-rinder-robert-rinder-portrait-painting-mypaotw-mike-jory.html
Check out my video on measuring dimensions of your subject using your thumb on the brush handle here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhK1qb_HYqA
Material used for portrait painting demo: Daler Rowney mixed media paper (A3 11"x15"); 9B pencil; Derwent Inktense pencils (colours used: sea blue, tangerine, deep indigo, payne's grey, burnt umber, sun yellow); synthetic brushes (flat (approx 3/8th inch) and small round); Winsor & Newton watercolor marker pens (burnt umber and prussian blue); Atelier interactive acrylics by Chroma Inc (burnt umber, alizarin crimson, french ultramarine blue, cadmium yellow light, titanium white)

The Sunday Art Show - How to paint an elephant using a waterbrush

May 24th, 2020

The Sunday Art Show - How to paint an elephant using a waterbrush



This week, I show you how I created this watercolor painting of an elephant using water brushes.
See the finished painting 'Under the golden sky' here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/elephant-watercolor-painting-mike-jory.html
Materials used: Daler Rowney mixed media paper, Winsor & Newton watercolors (professional range) alizarin crimson, ultramarine blue, cadmium yellow, neutral tint, burnt umber, flat and round water brushes.

The Sunday Art Show - Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Week - Rankin

May 17th, 2020

The Sunday Art Show - Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Week - Rankin



This week, I show you how I created a portrait painting of the photographer Rankin for week 3 of Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Week. Check out the finished painting here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/rankin-photographer-john-rankin-waddell-portrait-painting-mike-jory.html
If you want to check out my review (not sponsored) of Liquitex Acrylic Paint Markers video, you can find that here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wp4mDcqpvY
Materials used:
Main painting: Flat synthetic and round brushes, Daler Rowney A2 mixed media paper, System 3 Acrylics: Titanium White, Cadmium Red, Cadmium Yellow, Fluorescent Orange, Ultramarine Blue; Liquitex Acrylic Paint Markers: Prussian Blue (4 mm nib), Light Blue and Light Blue Violet (15mm nib)

The Sunday Art Show - Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Week - Bernardine Evaristo

May 10th, 2020

The Sunday Art Show - Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Week - Bernardine Evaristo



This week, I show you how I created a portrait painting of Bernardine Evaristo when I took part in episode 2 of Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Week via Facebook Live. You can see my finished painting of Bernardine here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/bernadine-evaristo-portrait-painting-mike-jory.html
Materials used: Clairefontaine mixed media paper (A3), 8B pencil, synthetic brushes (flat and round), Atelier interactive acrylic paints (alizarine crimson, ultramarine blue, cadmium yellow, burnt umber, titanium white)

The Sunday Art Show - Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Week - Akram Khan

May 3rd, 2020

The Sunday Art Show - Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Week - Akram Khan



This week, I take part in my first Facebook Live portrait painting session via Sky TV's Portrait Artist of the Week show. I, along with thousands of other artist, and #PAOTY champion Christabel Blackburn paint celebrated dancer and choreographer Akrim Khan. For my paint, I used a mixed media approach. Materials: Daler Rowney mixed media paper, ball point pens (turquoise, blue and purple), Winsor and Newton watercolor paints (alizarin crimson, french ultramarine, cadmium yellow, burnt umber), round synthetic watercolor brushes by Jacksons and Artdiscount.
See Christabel Blackburn's work here: https://www.christabelblackburn.com/
See Tai Shan Schierenberg's work here: http://www.taishanschierenberg.com/
Join in with future shows here: https://www.facebook.com/SkyTV/live

The Sunday Art Show - Primrose inktense painting using a water brush

April 26th, 2020

The Sunday Art Show - Primrose inktense painting using a water brush



This week, I show you two different versions of a primrose inktense painting using a water brush. You can see the first version here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/primroses-painting-mike-jory.html and the looser second version here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/primroses-loose-painting-mike-jory.html
Materials: Daler-Rowney mixed media paper, water brushes (flat and round), inktense travel set, black and lilac sharpie marker pens

The Sunday Art Show - How to paint a vulture with watercolor

April 19th, 2020

The Sunday Art Show - How to paint a vulture with watercolor



This video is episode V of the Animal Alphabet Challenge. I show you how to create a loose line and wash watercolor painting of a vulture, see the finished painting here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/vulture-watercolor-painting-mike-jory.html
Materials: Daler Rowney mixed media paper A4, Sharpie Marker Pen, Winsor and Newton Professional watercolors: alizarin crimson, ultramarine blue, cadmium yellow, burnt umber, sythetic mop watercolor brush

The Sunday Art Show - How to paint a sheep with a water brush

April 12th, 2020

The Sunday Art Show - How to paint a sheep with a water brush



This week, I show you how to create a super loose, impressionist style watercolor painting of sheep and lambs in the spring sunshine using a water brush
See the finished painting 'Spring with the flock' here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/sheep-and-lambs-loose-impressionist-watercolor-painting-mike-jory.html or check out this detail, available as a print or on a range of products: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/sheep-with-two-lambs-very-loose-impressionist-expressive-watercolor-painting-mike-jory.html
Materials: Round and flat water brushes, Daler Rowney mixed media paper (A2), Winsor and Newton professional watercolor paints: alizarin crimson, ultramarine blue, cadmium yellow, burnt umber, cobalt blue; water spray bottle

The Sunday Art Show - Uinta Ground Squirrel Watercolor Painting

April 5th, 2020

The Sunday Art Show - Uinta Ground Squirrel Watercolor Painting



This week, I show you how to paint a uinta ground squirrel line and wash using sharpie marker pen and watercolor
See the finished hi-res painting 'Relaxed but alert' here https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/uinta-ground-squirrel-watercolor-painting-mike-jory.html
materials:
reference photo from Pixabay
mixed media paper A4 (Daler-Rowney)
Winsor and Newton Professional watercolor paints ultramarine blue, cobalt blue, alizarin crimson, cadmium yellow, burnt umber
Synthetic mop brush and flat and round water brushes
Black sharpie marker pen

The Sunday Art Show - How to paint a black cat en plein air using a water brush

March 29th, 2020

The Sunday Art Show - How to paint a black cat en plein air using a water brush



This week's video is all about en plein air black cat animal painting from life. Check out the hi-res version of the finished black cat painting 'It's quiet in the garden' here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/black-cat-relaxing-in-grass-almost-bread-loaf-painting-mike-jory.html
Materials:
One black cat
One gravity well (towel or cushion for cat)
A4 mixed media paper (Daler Rowney)
Inktense Travel set
Flat and pointed waterbrushes
Sharpie marker pen

The Sunday Art Show - Quick Update and Three Sheep Paintings that remind me of Spring

March 22nd, 2020

The Sunday Art Show - Quick Update and Three Sheep Paintings that remind me of Spring



This week's video is just a quick update to let you know that normal episodes will return next Sunday. If you'd like to get a closer look at some of the sheep paintings then you can see them here:
'Spring Sunshine' https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/6-sheep-mike-jory.html
'Well Hello!' https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/5-sheep-mike-jory.html
'It's Sunny Here' https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/sheep-and-lamb-painting-mike-jory.html

The Sunday Art Show - Surreal Belted Galloway Cattle and People Watercolor Painting

March 15th, 2020

The Sunday Art Show - Surreal Belted Galloway Cattle and People Watercolor Painting



This week, I step into the surreal and finish a wip watercolor painting of some belted galloway cattle in a landscape with people wandering around. Check out the hi-res version here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/belted-galloway-cows-and-people-surreal-painting-mike-jory.html
Materials: Daler Rowney A2 mixed media paper, Winsor and Newton watercolor marker pen and professional watercolor paints: french ultramarine, alizarin crimson, cadmium yellow, burnt umber, prussian blue
Synthetic watercolor brushes

The Sunday Art Show - Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2021

March 8th, 2020

The Sunday Art Show - Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2021



This week, I take you though the process of applying to the Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2021 and the creation of the portrait sketches and paintings that go with it.

The Sunday Art Show - Cattle in the clouds painting

March 1st, 2020

The Sunday Art Show - Cattle in the clouds painting





This week, I show you how I created "Cloudy with a chance of cattle" a mixed media painting using watercolor and acrylic of some steer in amongst a colorful and cloudy sky. See the hi-res image here https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/cattle-and-purple-clouds-surreal-painting-mike-jory.html
Materials used: Winsor & Newton professional watercolors, Atelier interactive acrylics, synthetic watercolor pointed mop brushes, flat synthetic brushes, mixed media paper (A4)



The Sunday Art Show - How to paint a realistic Tasmanian devil using line and wash

February 23rd, 2020

The Sunday Art Show - How to paint a realistic Tasmanian devil using line and wash



This week, I show you a line and wash, sharpie and watercolor painting technique to created two different Tasmanian Devil paintings. This video is also episode T of the Animal Alphabet Challenge. You can see the paintings that I've completed so far for the challenge here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/collections/the+animal+alphabet+challenge including the Tasmanian Devils! (Prints and original paintings are available from the same link)
Materials used:
Daler-Rowney mixed media paper
Black Sharpie marker pen
Winsor and Newton Professional Watercolour paints
Jackson No 6 Raven Synthetic Watercolour brush
artdiscount synthetic watercolour brush

The Sunday Art Show - Sheep and Dartmoor landscape watercolor and acrylic painting

February 16th, 2020

The Sunday Art Show - Sheep and Dartmoor landscape watercolor and acrylic painting



This week I how you how to create a mixed media sheep and landscape painting using watercolor and acrylic. Check out the finished painting in zoomable hi-res here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/sheep-and-dartmoor-hillside-landscape-painting-mike-jory.html
I also visit an exhibition by Katharine Lightfoot, her website can be found here: https://katlightfoot.com/
Materials used:
Daler-Rowney A4 mixed media paper
Winsor and Newton professional watercolors
Jackson Raven No 6 round synthetic mop brush
artdiscount.co.uk watercolor synthetic brush
Atelier interactive acrylics
flat and round synthetic acrylic brushes

The Sunday Art Show - Loose watercolor coastal painting with no initial drawing

February 9th, 2020

The Sunday Art Show - Loose watercolor coastal painting with no initial drawing



In this week's video, I show you how I create a loose and lively watercolor painting of an English seaside town on a stormy winter day. You can see the finished version of "Red Storm at Budleigh" here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/red-sea-storm-at-budleigh-salterton-loose-watercolor-painting-mike-jory.html or the cropped version here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/budleigh-salterton-seafront-in-winter-watercolour-painting-mike-jory.html
Materials used:
Winsor and Newton professional watercolor paints, permanent alizarin, french ultramarine, naples yellow, neutral tint, burnt umber
Claire Fontaine Paint On mixed media paper A3
Synthetic brushes: artdiscount.co.uk watercolour brush size 10, jacksons pointed mop synthetic watercolour brush Raven size 6

The Sunday Art Show - Seal Painting

February 2nd, 2020

The Sunday Art Show - Seal Painting



In this week's video, I show you how I created this painting of a seal, you can see the full painting here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/seal-painting-mike-jory.html prints and products are also available at the same link. Materials used: Sharpie marker pen (black), Daler Rowney mixed media paper (A4), Winsor and Newton professional watercolor paints: permanent alizarin, ultramarine blue, naples yellow, burnt umber, Atelier interactive acrylic: permanent alizarin, ultramarine blue, cadmium yellow, burnt umber, Jacksons synthetic watercolor brush no 6 (pointed mop brush), synthetic flat and round brushes.

Next video will be posted on Sunday 2nd Feb 2020

January 19th, 2020

Next video will be posted on Sunday 2nd Feb 2020



Just a quick info hit in case you missed the end of last week's video. I'm taking a little break, and the next video will be posted on Sunday 2nd Feb 2020. Hope to see you then! :-)

The London Art Gallery - First annual exhibition - SAS2020

January 12th, 2020

The London Art Gallery - First annual exhibition - SAS2020



This week I show you my 10 favourite paintings created over the last couple of years for the Sunday Art Show. I am showing these on my new exhibition website http://thelondonartgallery.co.uk Hope you enjoy the show!

The Sunday Art Show - Raccoon loose and lively line and wash watercolor painting

January 5th, 2020

The Sunday Art Show - Raccoon loose and lively line and wash watercolor painting



See the hi-res version of this raccoon painting 'Cautionary Colours' here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/colorful-raccoon-painting-mike-jory.html
Materials used:
A4 Daler Rowney mixed media paper
Black sharpie marker pen
Winsor and Newton Professional water colours: Alizarin, Ultramarine Blue, Cadmium Yellow, Neutral Tint, Burnt Umber
Jackson's Raven size 6 synthetic pointed mop watercolour brush

The Sunday Art Show - Brown European Quail painting

December 29th, 2019

The Sunday Art Show - Brown European Quail painting



This week I show you how to create a painting of a brown european quail using mixed media, see the hi-res version here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/colorful-quail-bird-painting-mike-jory.html
Materials used:
A4 mixed media Daler Rowney paper
Sharpie marker pen (black)
inktense travel set
flat synthetic half-inch-wide water brush

The Sunday Art Show - Urban sketch of people in cafe using inktense travel set

December 22nd, 2019

The Sunday Art Show - Urban sketch of people in cafe using inktense travel set



This week I create a mixed media urban sketch "Cafe Life" that you can see in hi-res here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/people-in-cafe-with-red-cups-sketch-mike-jory.html
Location: corner of a supermarket cafe
Materials used: clairefontaine mixed media paper, inktense travel set, brown sharpie marker pen

The Sunday Art Show - Surreal sheep in the clouds painting

December 15th, 2019



"Sheep in the Sky" see the hi-res image here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/sheep-in-cloudy-sky-surreal-impressionist-painting-mike-jory.html
see the surreal cow paintings here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/belted-galloway-cows-under-blue-sky-with-clouds-mike-jory.html and here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/belted-galloway-cows-purple-cloudy-sky-painting-mike-jory.html
In this week's video, I show you how to use loose and lively watercolour combined with impressionist acrylic painting to create a surreal skyscape of sheep amongst the clouds.
Materials used:
Winsor and Newton professional watercolour: alizarin crimson, cadmium yellow, french ultramarine, burnt umber
Atelier interactive acrylics: alizarin crimson, cadmium yellow, french ultramarine, burnt umber, titanium white
Synthetic brushes (rounds and flats)
Daler Rowney mixed media paper A2
Water spray bottle

The Sunday Art Show - Festive Season Christmas Shoppers Painting

December 8th, 2019

The Sunday Art Show - Festive Season Christmas Shoppers Painting



This week's video is inspired by the festive season and Christmas shopper in Exeter. see the finished painting "Christmas on Queen Street" here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/christmas-shopping-in-queen-street-exeter-mike-jory.html
Materials used: Canvas with smooth finish, Synthetic brushes, atelier interactive acrylics: titanium white, ultramarine blue, alizarin crimson, cadmium yellow light, burnt umber

The Sunday Art Show - Reindeer loose and lively watercolor painting with no pencil drawing

December 3rd, 2019

The Sunday Art Show - Reindeer loose and lively watercolor painting with no pencil drawing



A bit late posting this blog, but here are details of the video that went up on the channel on Sunday. This week, I take you through painting a reindeer in watercolour with no initial pencil drawing and a loose and lively style of brushwork. You can see the finished painting here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/reindeer-watercolor-painting-mike-jory.html
Materials used: Daler Rowney mixed media paper (A2), artdiscount.co.uk synthetic watercolour brushes, Winsor and Newton professional watercolours (alizarin crimson, ultramarine blue, naples yellow, neutral tint)

The Sunday Art Show - Loose and lively sheep and autumn landscape painting

November 24th, 2019

The Sunday Art Show - Loose and lively sheep and autumn landscape painting



In this week's Sunday Art Show, I show you how to create a painting of a sheep in an autumn landscape using watercolour and interactive acrylic. You can see the finished painting in hi-res here:
https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/sheep-in-autumn-landscape-mike-jory.html
You can find a gallery of sheep paintings and drawings here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/collections/sheep+paintings
The sheep inspiration came from a visit to the flock at Powderham castle in the summer. The trees were inspired by some bright orange foliage in a car park in Exeter. I use loose washes and lots of different ways of applying the paint to create the finished sheep and landscape painting.
Materials used: 7B pencil, Winsor and Newton Watercolour Set (Cotman), Synthetic round and flat brushes, Daler-Rowney mixed media paper, Atelier interactive acrylics (titanium white, burnt umber, cadmium yellow deep, alizarin crimson, french ultramarine)

The Sunday Art Show - Visit to the South West Academy of Arts Open Exhibition 2019

November 17th, 2019



This week, I show you an overview of an amazing exhibition of artwork by a range of the region's top painters and sculptors. Each year, the South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts holds an open exhibition. This year, 2019, the open exhibition is being held at Exeter Castle, it runs until 23rd Nov and is open 10am to 430pm daily. Entry to the exhibition is free. If you like to check out the online catalogue of artwork on display then click this link to go to the SWAc website: https://www.southwestacademy.org.uk/open-2019-online-catalogue

The Sunday Art Show - street protest watercolour painting

November 10th, 2019

The Sunday Art Show - street protest watercolour painting



In this week's video, I show you how to create a loose and lively watercolour painting of a crowd of people walking through a city street. My crowd happen to be protesting against climate change but the techniques apply to any group of people. You can see the finished painting "Time to stop" (prints are also available to buy) here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/street-protest-in-exeter-watercolor-painting-mike-jory.html
materials used: daler-rowney mixed media paper, ball point pen (brown), Winsor and Newton watercolours (ultramarine blue, yellow ochre, ivory black, lemon yellow, alizarin crimson), synthetic brushes: rounds and flats

The Sunday Art Show - Exeter Cathedral Watercolour Painting

November 3rd, 2019

The Sunday Art Show - Exeter Cathedral Watercolour Painting



This week's video is all about watercolour painting. I show you, step by step, how I created "Autumn at Exeter Cathedral" see the finished painting or buy a print etc here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/exeter-cathedral-watercolour-painting-mike-jory.html
Starting with a very simple line drawing that only includes basic shapes, I take a loose and lively approach to painting Exeter Cathedral in watercolour. Thin washes are applied first, then some quick gestural brushwork is used to pick out details here and there and create a variety of textures. I move trees around to create a better composition for this large building in the county town of Devon, work in an impressionist style, keeping things simple but effective and always maintaining a sense of space and light. Materials used:
Flat and round synthetic brushes, A2 Daler Rowney mixed media paper, Winsor and Newton watercolours: Burnt umber, french ultramarine, cadmium yellow, alizarin crimson. Also used a little bit of atelier interactive acrylic at the end: titanium white, alizarin crimson, french ultramarine. Winsor and Newton watercolour marker pen turquoise

The Sunday Art Show - Stag with antlers and landscape painting demo

October 27th, 2019

The Sunday Art Show - Stag with antlers and landscape painting demo



This week, I show you how to combine wet-in-wet watercolour style painting techniques with more traditional acrylic methods, using interactive acrylic for both, to create a painting of a stag with antlers in the English countryside. The finished painting "In My Prime" can be seen in hi-res here https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/stag-with-antlers-in-landscape-painting-mike-jory.html
Materials: Daler-Rowney mixed media paper, Winsor & Newton Watercolour marker (cerulean blue), synthetic brushes (flat and round), atelier interactive acrylics: permanent alizarin, french ultramarine blue, cadmium yellow deep, cadmium yellow light, burnt umber, titanium white

The Sunday Art Show - Landscape Artist of the Year 2019 behind the scenes

October 20th, 2019

The Sunday Art Show - Landscape Artist of the Year 2019 behind the scenes



In this week's video, I show you a behind the scenes peak at being a wild card artist on Sky Arts, Landscape Artist of the Year 2019 - episode 1 - Smeaton's Tower, Plymouth.

You can see a hi-res version of my painting "Drake's Island after the Storm" here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/drakes-island-plymouth-devon-mike-jory.html

If you want to check out Rob Wilson's website, you can find that here: www.robwilsonart.co.uk

I start out by briefly going through the application process for the competition, then I describe my day, from being filmed, to painting en plein air, meeting famous artists and battling with rain storms. There were lots of possible subjects to paint, including battleships, sail boats, stormy skies, the sea, a lighthouse, grand buildings etc. I elected to paint the view across the water of Drakes Island. All in all, I had a fantastic day! Hope you enjoy the video.

The Sunday Art Show - pumpkin and carnival squash still life painting

October 13th, 2019

The Sunday Art Show - pumpkin and carnival squash still life painting



'Autumn sunshine' see the hi-res version of the finished painting here https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/pumpkin-carnival-squash-and-autumn-leaves-still-life-painting-mike-jory.html
This still life painting of orange and blue pumpkins nestled against carnival squash on a bed of fallen autumn leaves was created using interactive acrylic on canvas. Materials used:
Atelier interactive acrylic: permanent alizarin, ultramarine blue, cadmium yellow light, titanium white, burnt umber, 20"x15" primed smooth canvas, synthetic flat and round brushes.

The Sunday Art Show - how to paint a hen

October 6th, 2019

The Sunday Art Show - how to paint a hen



'Dominique in the sunlight' see the finished painting in hi-res here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/dominique-dominicker-hen-chicken-pilgrim-fowl-painting-mike-jory.html
This week, I show you how to create an acrylic painting of a dominiker hen also known as a dominique or pilgrim fowl. These black and white feathered chickens actually have quite a few subtle colours in their plumage that I've tried to capture. I used interactive acrylics for this chicken painting and this allowed me to readily apply thin watercolor-like washes and thicker layers to dinstinguish between bird and background.
Materials used: Daler-Rowney A2 mixed media paper, Atelier interactive acrylics: alizarin crimson, french ultramarine, cadmium yellow light, burnt umber, carbon black, titanium white, synthetic brushes (half inch and one inch flats, small round brush), water spray bottle

I'm taking part in this year's Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year

October 3rd, 2019

This year, I took part in the Sky Arts, Landscape Artist of the Year 2019 TV show, the episodes start airing soon, here's the trailer...





Landscape Artist 2019 Promo for Social Media from Storyvault Films on Vimeo.

The Sunday Art Show - En Plein air watercolour cows and landscape painting

October 2nd, 2019

The Sunday Art Show - En Plein air watercolour cows and landscape painting



A bit late with the blog post this week, but here's the video that went up on the channel on Sunday

"Rust Reds at Rest" - you can see the finished painting in hi-res here

https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/four-red-poll-cattle-lying-down-in-field-watercolour-landscape-cow-en-plein-air-painting-mike-jory.html

This week, I show you a really quick and fun technique that combines en plein air sharpie pen sketching with en plein air watercolour painting to create a cows in  landscape impressionist painting with trees and hedges in the background. These rust red cattle, Red Poll breed were found in a field near Starcross in Devon.

Materials used: Daler-Rowney mixed media paper A4, black sharpie pen, Winsor & Newton watercolour set, round and flat synthetic brushes, Winsor and Newton field easel

The Sunday Art Show - En Plein Air Watercolour Paintings of Budleigh Salterton in Devon

September 22nd, 2019

The Sunday Art Show - En Plein Air Watercolour Paintings of Budleigh Salterton in Devon



This week, I show you how I created 2 en plein air watercolour paintings of the red cliffs and beach at Budleigh Salterton in Devon. I also show you two other en plein air beach paintings featuring people and the view of this south coast of England beach looking in the opposite direction. You can see the finished paintings here:
https://mike-jory.pixels.com/collections/coastal+rivers
materials used:
A3 Daler Rowney mixed media board and A2 Daler Rowney mixed media paper
Winsor and Newton Cotman watercolour paints set
Sharpie marker pen
Round and flat synthetic brushes
Water from the English Channel! :-)

The Sunday Art Show - Belted galloway cows with stormy sky painting - stepping back into the slightly surreal

September 15th, 2019

The Sunday Art Show - Belted galloway cows with stormy sky painting - stepping back into the slightly surreal



This week, I show you how to paint three belted galloway cattle against a purple, stormy sky using interactive acrylics.

See the finished painting here https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/belted-galloway-cows-purple-cloudy-sky-painting-mike-jory.html

Materials used:

A2 Daler Rowney mixed media paper

Atelier interactive acrylics: Permanent Alizarin, Phthalo Blue, Cadmium Yellow Deep, Titanium White, Carbon black.

Synthetic flat and round brushes

Five minute pelican drawing - episode P - Animal alphabet challenge

September 13th, 2019

Five minute pelican drawing - episode P - Animal alphabet challenge




In this video, I show you how to draw a pelican in about five minutes or so. You can
see the high res drawing here https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/pelican-drawing-mike-jory.html This is episode P of the animal alphabet challenge, I use a sharpie marker pen and a wide range of mark making to capture the quirkiness and poise of this large-billed pelican bird standing in the sun.

The Sunday Art Show - En Plein Air River Exe at Topsham watercolour painting

September 8th, 2019

The Sunday Art Show - En Plein Air River Exe at Topsham watercolour painting



In this video, I show you some watercolour techniques that allow me to paint a river scene including a distant landscape and boats on the water in about 30 minutes. The finished painting 'Summer evening on the River Exe' can be seen in high resolution here https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/sailing-on-the-river-exe-at-topsham-watercolour-painting-en-plein-air-mike-jory.html
Working en plein air, I use a combination of watercolor washes applied with a brush and some line work using a watercolour marker pen to quickly create a range of effects and textures.
Materials used:
Winsor and Newton field easel
Daler Rowney mixed media board (A3)
Winsor and Newton watercolour (cotman set)
Winsor and Newton watercolour marker pens
Synthetic brushes (1/4 inch flat and size 16 round)

Five minute ostrich drawing - Animal Alphabet Challenge - Episode O

September 4th, 2019

Five minute ostrich drawing - Animal Alphabet Challenge - Episode O



This week, we are up to episode O of the Animal Alphabet Challenge and I use the usual Sharpie marker pen and mixed media paper to create five minute (or thereabouts) drawing of an ostrich. You can see the hi res version of the drawing here https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/ostrich-drawing-mike-jory.html

The Sunday Art Show - Quick and loose cows and landscape en plein air painting using watercolour and sharpie

September 1st, 2019

The Sunday Art Show - Quick and loose cows and landscape en plein air painting using watercolour and sharpie



"Resting Rusties" - you can see the finished painting in hi-res here https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/two-red-poll-cows-lying-down-watercolour-painting-mike-jory.html This week, I show you a really quick and fun technique that combines en plein air sharpie pen sketching with en plein air watercolour painting to create a cows in  landscape impressionist painting with trees and hedges in the background. These rust red cattle, Red Poll breed were found in a field near Starcross in Devon.
Materials used: Daler-Rowney mixed media paper A4, black sharpie pen, Winsor & Newton watercolour set, round and flat synthetic brushes, Winsor and Newton field easel

ten minute numbat drawing - animal alphabet challenge - episode N - noombat walpurti

August 28th, 2019

ten minute numbat drawing - animal alphabet challenge - episode N - noombat walpurti



In this video, I show you how to draw a numbat in about ten minutes using a sharpie marker pen and A4 mixed media paper. You can see the finished drawing here https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/numbat-noombat-walpurti-drawing-mike-jory.html The numbat, a small striped creature with a pointed snout and squirrel like tail is native to Australia and also known as a noombat or walpurt. This is episode N of the Animal Alphabet Challenge.

The Sunday Art Show - En Plein Air Horse and Landscape Painting

August 25th, 2019

The Sunday Art Show - En Plein Air Horse and Landscape Painting



In this week's video, I show you how to paint a horse and landscape painting while working en plein air. This is 'Grazing the day away' - you can see the full painting here https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/horse-grazing-in-devon-landscape-en-plein-air-painting-mike-jory.html I begin with a simple, gestural sketch using a sharpie pen and A4 mixed media paper. Then, I add colour to the scene of a horse grazing against a Devon landscape of rolling hills, fields, hedges and trees using interactive acrylics. Next, I go through a few different horse sketches and finally complete the painting with watercolour marker pens.
Materials: A4 Daler-Rowney mixed media pad, Sharpie marker pen (black), Atelier interactive acrylics (permanent alizarin, phthalo blue, carbon black, titanium white, cadmium yellow deep, cadmium yellow light), flat and round synthetic brushes, Winsor and Newton watercolour marker pens (burnt umber and cobalt blue)

Ten minute magpie drawing - episode M - Animal Alphabet Challenge

August 21st, 2019

Ten minute magpie drawing - episode M - Animal Alphabet Challenge



This week, I draw a magpie in about ten minutes, you can see the finished drawing here https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/magpie-drawing-black-and-white-bird-illustration-mike-jory.html This is episode M of the Animal Alphabet Challenge in which I use a sharpie marker pen and A4 mixed media paper to sketch this black and white bird using loose line work. Then I use a combination of hash marks, dots and expressive mark  making to finish this drawing of a magpie.

En Plein Air Cow Painting - The Sunday Art Show - Rust Red Poll Steer in a Devon field

August 18th, 2019

En Plein Air Cow Painting - The Sunday Art Show - Rust Red Poll Steer in a Devon field



In this week's video, I show you how I go about creating colour painting sketches in an impressionist style using a herd of cows as my subject. You can see the finished painting here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/rust-red-poll-cows-two-steer-impressionism-en-plein-air-sketch-painting-mike-jory.html Working en plein air at the edge of a field in Devon, these rust red coloured steer were considerate enough to gather next to the fence to see what I was doing. I start sketching with a black sharpie marker pen on A4 mixed media paper to quickly and loosely define the outlines of a couple of the cattle. Having got the basic drawing in place, I then use interactive acrylics to apply washes of colour to capture the sense of light in the sky and the colours of the distant hedgerow, trees and field. Next, I paint the two cattle using a wash of mid-tone, some deeper shadows and then deep blue highlights. The final sketch painting of the two cows is left without any further detail to give the viewer an impressionism style picture of the scene.

Five minute llama drawing - animal alphabet challenge - episode L

August 14th, 2019

Five minute llama drawing - animal alphabet challenge - episode L



In this video I show you how to draw a llama in about 5 minutes using a black sharpie marker pen and A4 mixed media paper. Starting with sweeping gestural lines, I draw a simplified version of the llama and then add some shadows and texture lines. The finished illustration depicts the llama walking towards the viewer
See the drawing in detail here https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/llama-walking-drawing-mike-jory.html
This is episode L of the Animal Alphabet Challenge.

The Sunday Art Show - En Plein Air Harbour Painting - Cockwood Harbour in Devon

August 11th, 2019

The Sunday Art Show - En Plein Air Harbour Painting - Cockwood Harbour in Devon



I often drive past Cockwood Harbour and it's rare to see it full of water. This day though, the tide was high so I took the opportunity to do some en plein air painting of the boats floating on the water in this little harbour near Starcross in Devon. As I paint away in the open air, using Daler Rowney mixed media board, Winsor and Newton watercolour marker pen, Atelier interactive acrylics and synthetic flat and round brushes,  cars, cyclists, joggers, ducks and trains pass by! You can see the finished painting here:
https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/cockwood-harbour-near-starcross-in-devon-painting-mike-jory.html

Five Minute Kangaroo Drawing - Animal Alphabet Challenge - Episode K

August 7th, 2019

Five Minute Kangaroo Drawing - Animal Alphabet Challenge - Episode K



In this video, I show you how to create a drawing of a kangaroo in around five minutes. You can see the finished drawing here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/kangaroo-drawing-mike-jory.html
Using A4 mixed media paper and a black sharpie marker pen, I start with some broken line work to establish the outline of the kangaroo. Next, some selective shadows are added and finally, a few flourishes of line to place the kangaroo in long grass. This is episode K of the animal alphabet challenge.

Stepping into the surreal - painting belted galloway cows under a colourful cloudy sky

August 4th, 2019

Stepping into the surreal - painting belted galloway cows under a colourful cloudy sky



In this week's Sunday Art Show, I paint a herd of belted galloway cows under a colourful, cloudy sky. You can see the finished painting "Belties Beyond The Sky" here https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/belted-galloway-cows-under-blue-sky-with-clouds-mike-jory.html
I begin with using a range of brushstrokes and Atelier interactive acrylics (titanium white, permanent alizarine, cerulean blue, phthalo blue, burnt umber, cadmium yellow light, carbon black) to create a blue sky on A2 Daler Rowney mixed media paper. The sky was inspired by a few clouds viewed from my living room window but I made the painted version more vibrant and dramatic. Once the sky was dry, I used a Winsor & Newton Watercolour Marker pen (Payne's Grey) to outline a herd of seven belted galloway cattle. Drawing all done, I use a series of greys created by simply mixing carbon black and titanium white acrylic to block in the cows. Finally, I add some subdued purple violet highlights to the lead animal using a colour that I'd previously mixed for the purple clouds. Hope you enjoy this episode, see you next Sunday!

how to draw a jaguar head - animal alphabet challenge - episode J

July 31st, 2019

how to draw a jaguar head - animal alphabet challenge - episode J



In this video, I demonstrate how to draw a jaguar using a sharpie pen and some mixed media paper. Starting with loose line work, I then add some tone and then put the pattern down on top. This is episode J of the Animal Alphabet Challenge.
See the drawing here https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/jaguar-drawing-black-and-white-big-cat-illustration-mike-jory.html

The Sunday Art Show - Wild horse and foal painting demo

July 28th, 2019

The Sunday Art Show - Wild horse and foal painting demo



In this week's video, I show you how to paint a horse and foal using interactive acrylic paint. This demo starts with an A2 sheet of mixed media paper and a pre-prepared outline drawing that I did with a burnt umber acrylic paint marker. Next I add a couple of wet in wet washes of acrylic paint to create a soft textured background. Following completion of the background, I show you how I approach painting the horse and foal using wet in wet techniques.
Materials used: Daler Rowney mixed media paper, Liquitex acrylic paint marker, flat and round synthetic acrylic brushes, Atelier interactive acrylics: titanium white, permanent alizarine, phthalo blue, cadmium yellow, cadmium yellow deep, burnt umber, water spray
You can see the finished painting in close up (just click on the image after following the link) here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/horse-and-foal-painting-mother-and-child-on-dartmoor-mike-jory.html

Different ways to draw impalas - animal alphabet challenge - episode i

July 24th, 2019

Different ways to draw impalas - animal alphabet challenge - episode i



This week, I show you a few different ways to draw an impala. Using a sharpie marker pen and some mixed media paper, I start with a fairly careful depiction of the full impala, sketching in everything from antlers to feet and then use cross hatching and dots to add tone. Next I show you a loose gestural sketch of an impala head and neck and antlers, keeping things fluid and using only partial outline. The third technique, I show you how to quickly apply a simple tonal treatment to draw an impala at the water's edge. You can see two of the finished drawings here:
'On point' https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/impala-antelope-drawing-side-view-mike-jory.html
'Awaiting' https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/impala-with-antlers-head-drawing-gestural-antelope-mike-jory.html

The Sunday Art Show - Black cow paintings - Angus steer wip to finished painting

July 21st, 2019

The Sunday Art Show - Black cow paintings - Angus steer wip to finished painting



This week, I take a wip of a black angus steer on dartmoor that I created using liquitex acrylic paint marker pens. I block in the sky with marker and then switch to using Atelier interactive acrylic paint to create a finished angus cow painting. Also, this video includes a look at several other paintings that I've done over the years on similar subject matter.

See the finished painting here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/black-cow-painting-angus-steer-on-dartmoor-mike-jory.html

You can see the acrylic paint markers demo video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ha8lazOwbXY

Materials used:

A2 Daler Rowney mixed media paper

Acrylic paint markers by Liquitex

Chroma Atelier interactive acrylics

Flat and round synthetic brushes

Water spray bottle

Ten minute heron drawing - episode H - animal alphabet challenge

July 17th, 2019

Ten minute heron drawing - episode H - animal alphabet challenge



This ten minute drawing of a heron in flight was created as episode H of the animal alphabet challenge.
See the finished drawing here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/heron-in-flight-drawing-mike-jory.html
Materials used: black sharpie marker pen and mixed media paper A4

The Sunday Art Show - En Plein Air Flower painting

July 14th, 2019

The Sunday Art Show - En Plein Air Flower painting





This week, I create a mixed media painting inspired by the flowers in my garden. Working en plein air I draw and paint flowers and plants using Sharpie markers, inktense pencils, interference acrylics, interactive acrylics and acrylic paint marker pens on A2 mixed media paper. The finished painting is a stylised, vibrant depiction of roses, hydrangea and string of pearls plants. You can see the finished painting here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/summer-flowers-roses-hydrangea-lobelia-fuscia-mike-jory.html

Five minute gerbil drawing - Animal Alphabet Challenge - episode G

July 10th, 2019

Five minute gerbil drawing - Animal Alphabet Challenge - episode G





A five minute drawing of a cute little gerbil with paw raised. Used a black sharpie pen and some A4 mixed media paper. This is episode G of the animal alphabet challenge.

The Sunday Art Show - impressionist sheep painting and en plein air sketches

July 7th, 2019

The Sunday Art Show - impressionist sheep painting and en plein air sketches



This week, I start with several biro (ball-point) pen sketches of sheep, working en plein air on an A4 mixed media paper pad, I stand at the gate to a field on the outskirts of Exeter and draw the flock, several quick studies. Then, I head home and start working on a much larger (A1 mixed media paper) painting with a watercolour marker pen. I add to the initial drawing using washes of inktense pencils dilute with a clean wet brush. After the inktense is dry, I then use Atelier interactive acrylics to bring the painting of sheep in the Devon landscape to life, keeping things loose and gestural in an impressionism style.
See the finished painting here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/sheep-and-landscape-painting-with-dramatic-light-and-purple-sky-mike-jory.html and you can see on of the ball-point pen drawings of a sheep lying down here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/sheep-drawing-biro-sketch-en-plein-air-mike-jory.html

Five minute flamingo drawing - The animal alphabet challenge - episode F

July 5th, 2019

Five minute flamingo drawing - The animal alphabet challenge - episode F



This week's animal alphabet challenge is a five minute flamingo drawing using a sharpie marker pen and some mixed media paper (A4). In this episode, I also include a gallery of some other bird drawings that I've completed over the years. You can see the finished flamingo sketch here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/flamingo-black-and-white-drawing-illustration-mike-jory.html

The Sunday Art Show - Flat at Fistral - En Plein air inktense pencils beach painting

June 30th, 2019

The Sunday Art Show - Flat at Fistral - En Plein air inktense pencils beach painting





This week we're down in Cornwall at Fistral Beach doing some en plein air drawing and sketching. The weather was overcast and there were very few waves so instead I focused on drawing an RNLI lifeguard truck and some people and surfers on the beach using a Sharpie pen. Have outlined the scene, I then used inktense pencils to add washes of colour. Also, explored the cliff tops checking out the view and did some monochrome drawings using a brown sharpie marker pen.
Materials used: sharpie pens, A4 mixed media paper and inktense pencils
You can see the finished colour drawing here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/lifeguards-and-surfer-at-fistral-beach-coloured-pencils-mike-jory.html
No waves today monochrome drawing https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/surfer-standing-in-shallow-water-on-a-flat-day-with-no-waves-in-the-sea-mike-jory.html

Five minute elephant drawing - animal alphabet challenge - episode E

June 26th, 2019

Five minute elephant drawing - animal alphabet challenge - episode E





We are up to episode E of the animal alphabet challenge. Here I use a sharpie pen and some mixed media paper to create a black and white drawing of an elephant walking along in the bright sun. You see the full drawing here https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/elephant-in-bright-sunlight-drawing-mike-jory.html

The Sunday Art Show - Ten Minute Watercolour Chameleon Painting

June 23rd, 2019

The Sunday Art Show - Ten Minute Watercolour Chameleon Painting





This week, I use a watercolor marker pen to draw a chameleon. Then a clean, wet brush is dragged through the line work to add subtle tones and shading to the chameleon sketch. The finished drawing is completed in about ten minutes. See the finished painting here https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/chameleon-black-and-white-watercolor-sketch-mike-jory.html

5 minute Dingo and Donkey drawings - animal alphabet challenge - episode D

June 19th, 2019

5 minute Dingo and Donkey drawings - animal alphabet challenge - episode D



This week its quick sharpie pen drawings of a dingo (wild dog from Australia) and a donkey for episode D of the animal alphabet challenge.
Materials used: sharpie pen and A4 mixed media paper

The Sunday Art Show - Sheep Painting Tutorial - Mixed media markers and paint

June 16th, 2019

The Sunday Art Show - Sheep Painting Tutorial - Mixed media markers and paint



This sheep painting tutorial starts with a narrow nib acrylic paint marker and then continues to show how to use the giant nib acrylic paint marker pens to create a series of different effects and marks. I did a sheep painting using paint markers a few weeks ago but this one is different as after the marker pen work, I switch to applying normal acrylic paint with a brush to enhance the sheep picture. Hope to see you next Sunday for the next episode of the Sunday Art Show
See the finished painting here https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/quirky-blue-sheep-painting-mike-jory.html

Camel Drawing - Animal Alphabet Challenge - Episode C

June 16th, 2019

Camel Drawing - Animal Alphabet Challenge - Episode C



Camel drawing using Sharpie marker pen on mixed media paper. Here's the third of a new series on the channel. This is the Animal Alphabet challenge. I'm aiming to do some quick studies of animals from A to Z,  this week with a sharpie pen sketch of a camel. Episode A, B and C done, 23 more to go! The idea is to do drawings of animals that I don't normally depict. :-) I'll still be doing the Sunday Art Show on Sundays as usual too. See the finished drawing here:You can see the finished sketch here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/camel-drawing-mike-jory.html

The Sunday Art Show - En Plein Air Sheep Sketch - Enjoying the morning sun

June 9th, 2019

The Sunday Art Show - En Plein Air Sheep Sketch - Enjoying the morning sun





This week I am, 'Enjoying the morning sun' - I go looking for deer in the grounds of Powderham Castle in Devon but find sheep first. Inspired by the scene, I use A4 mixed media paper, a black sharpie pen and inktense pencils to create an enplein air drawing of a flock of sheep sheltering under a copse of trees. Then I continue to search for deer :-). See the finished painting here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured...
materials used (affiliate links)
mixed media paper A4
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black sharpie pen
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inktense pencils
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Hope to see you next Sunday for the next episode of the Sunday Art Show.

Five minute baboon drawing - animal alphabet challenge - episode B

June 5th, 2019

Five minute baboon drawing - animal alphabet challenge - episode B





Here's the second of a new series on the channel. This is the Animal Alphabet challenge. I'm aiming to do some quick studies of animals from A to Z, starting this week with a sharpie pen sketch of a baboon. Episode B done, 24 more to go! The idea is to do drawings of animals that I don't normally depict. :-) I'll still be doing the Sunday Art Show on Sundays as usual too. See the finished drawing here https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/baboon-drawing-mike-jory.html

The Sunday Art Show - Sail Boats on the River Exe at Exmouth Painting Tutorial

June 2nd, 2019

The Sunday Art Show - Sail Boats on the River Exe at Exmouth Painting Tutorial



This week, I am inspired by giant jelly fish at Exmouth Marina to paint a picture of 3 sail boats with blue sails gliding across the silvery water of the River Exe in Devon. You can see, and zoom in on, the finished painting here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/sailing-boats-with-blue-sails-on-the-river-exe-at-exmouth-mike-jory.html This is a mixed media painting called "Weekend on the water". I start with a few thumbnail sketches using biro then move onto mixed media paper and put down some loose lines with a fluorescent marker pen and some acrylic paint markers. Most of the painting is then blocked in with washes of watercolour before the image is brought to conclusion using interactive acrylics.
Materials used (affiliate links)
A3 mixed media paper
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Winsor & Newton Neon marker
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Liquitex acrylic marker pens blue and gold
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Winsor & Newton Watercolours
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Synthetic flat and round brushes
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Atelier interactive acrylic paints:
Phthalo Blue
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Burnt Umber
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Permanent Alizarine
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Cadmium Yellow Deep
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Titanium White
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Hope to see you next Sunday for the next episode of the Sunday Art Show!

animal alphabet challenge episode A armadillo sharpie five minute drawing

May 29th, 2019

animal alphabet challenge episode A armadillo sharpie five minute drawing



Here's the first of a new series on the channel. This is the Animal Alphabet challenge. I'm aiming to do some quick studies of animals from A to Z, starting this week with a sharpie pen sketch of an armadillo. Episode A done, 25 more to go! The idea is to do drawings of animals that I don't normally depict. :-) I'll still be doing the Sunday Art Show on Sundays as usual too.

The Sunday Art Show - How to paint a Red Angus Bull using interactive acrylic

May 29th, 2019

The Sunday Art Show - How to paint a Red Angus Bull using interactive acrylic





This week, I paint a red angus bull against a bright yellow background using interactive acrylics. I'm really enjoying using my new colour palette and the different hues that can be created. As you can see from the painting, lots of vibrant purples, reds, oranges and blues. You can see the finished painting in more detail (just click on the image after the link) here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/red-angus-bull-painting-cattle-breed-mike-jory.html
Business cards with this design are also available here: https://buff.ly/30KDBv1
Materials used
Daler Rowney Mixed Media boards https://amzn.to/2GTLJAs
Synthetic flat and round brushes https://amzn.to/2GUCy2z
Atelier interactive acrylic paints:
Phthalo Blue https://amzn.to/2E2DzFb
Burnt Umber https://amzn.to/2LlQFUb
Permanent Alizarin https://amzn.to/2H2NNq2
Cadmium Yellow Deep https://amzn.to/2GTOqC2
Titanium White https://amzn.to/2UY2BuJ
See you next Sunday for the next episode of the Sunday Art Show!

Bleat about the business cards - En plein air watercolour sheep sketches

May 19th, 2019

Bleat about the business cards - En plein air watercolour sheep sketches





I'm gradually working towards creating en plein air, animals in landscape paintings and hope to eventually be able to work outdoors in the same way that I do at home. This week's video is a step on that journey. I wander through a field of sheep and create several quick studies of different parts of the flock. Some sketches work better that others but it was great fun working away in the fresh air using the inktense travel set. Here are the materials that I used (affiliate links):
Daler-Rowney mixed media pad: https://amzn.to/2JtnHA5
Derwent inktense travel set: https://amzn.to/2WjDSWM
If you want to check out the finished business cards then you can see them here: colour sheep: https://buff.ly/2VNytYx or the monochrome sketch design: https://buff.ly/2VKTNxH

Hope you enjoy this little outdoor art adventure and hope to see you next week for the next episode of the Sunday Art Show!

The Sunday Art Show - Phinishing a Pheasant Painting - Strutting My Stuff

May 12th, 2019

The Sunday Art Show - Phinishing a Pheasant Painting - Strutting My Stuff





This week, I paint a colourful pheasant walking through a countryside landscape using interactive acrylic over a conventional acrylic under painting. You can zoom in on the hi-res finished painting "Strutting My Stuff" here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/pheasant-walking-in-english-countryside-landscape-painting-mike-jory.html
Materials used (affiliate links)
Daler Rowney Mixed Media boards https://amzn.to/2GTLJAs
Synthetic flat and round brushes https://amzn.to/2GUCy2z
Atelier interactive acrylic paints:
Phthalo Blue https://amzn.to/2E2DzFb
Burnt Umber https://amzn.to/2LlQFUb
Permanent Alizarine https://amzn.to/2H2NNq2
Brilliant Magenta https://amzn.to/2VecEfv
Cadmium Yellow Deep https://amzn.to/2GTOqC2
Titanium White https://amzn.to/2UY2BuJ
I often leave paintings unfinished with a view to returning to them at a later date. This pheasant picture was a WIP from 3 years ago and was inspired by a pheasant that came walking past our house, something of a surprise as we live in town (though relatively close to some country lanes and fields). I was reminded of the painting the other day when I again, saw a pheasant in town, this time crossing the road at a traffic lights-controlled pedestrian crossing! It was great fun returning to this almost-forgotten WIP and finishing it...finally! :-) See you next Sunday for the next episode of the Sunday Art Show.

The Sunday Art Show - Blue and Brooding - Angus Bull Painting Demo

May 5th, 2019

The Sunday Art Show - Blue and Brooding - Angus Bull Painting Demo





This week, I paint a black angus bull using interactive acrylics. Decided to paint this following a viewer request. Materials used (affiliate links)
Daler Rowney Mixed Media boards

Synthetic flat and round brushes

Atelier interactive acrylic paints:
Ultramarine

Burnt Umber

Permanent Alizarine

Cadmium Yellow Deep

Titanium White

See the hi-res version, zoom into different parts of the painting or buy a print etc here:

Enjoyed painting this with a slightly different palette to usual as I used cadmium yellow deep & permanent alizarin for the first time along with the usual colours above. Started with some loose painterly lines in burnt umber and then gradually added thin layers of colour to build up the deep shadows and darks. The interactives allow for very subtle highlights to be readily blended and the cadmium deep yellow background makes the dark hide of the angus bull really pop. Hope you enjoy this one, see you next Sunday for the next episode of the Sunday Art Show.

The Sunday Art Show - En Plein Air Drawing - Stay Sharpie Street Scene Sketching

April 28th, 2019

The Sunday Art Show - En Plein Air Drawing - Stay Sharpie Street Scene Sketching



This week, I'm back in the car for a quick bit of sketching using a Sharpie marker and some mixed media paper . Parked at the side of the road in the village of Alphington near Exeter, I create a drawing of the street scene. Working from life and inspired by the presence of the fish and chip van (Scoffers) this picture features several parked cars, houses trees and a handful of pedestrians including a dog walker. Great fun taking this little breaks in the day to do some en plein air (almost!) drawing with simple materials. You can see the high resolution version here

The Sunday Art Show - Sheep and Landscape Painting - Purples Pop on a hill top

April 21st, 2019

The Sunday Art Show - Sheep and Landscape Painting - Purples Pop on a hill top



This week, we are up on the hills above Exeter in Devon. While doing an en plein air landscape study, some sheep come walking into view so I quickly take a few photos for reference then return home to create a mixed media painting. The finished painting is of three sheep in the Devon landscape with rolling hills off in the distance and trees and bushes in the foreground. I used an unusual colour scheme for this one with lots of blues and purples. You can see the finished painting in high resolution here:
 Materials used: mixed media paper (A2), Derwent inktense pencils, winsor and newton watercolour marker pens, Atelier interactive acrylics, medium and small flat brush, small round brush, 3 inch decorator's brush and a giant flat brush.
See you next week for the next episode of the Sunday Art Show!

The Sunday Art Show - Dartmoor Horse Painting at Exeter Art Class

April 14th, 2019

The Sunday Art Show - Dartmoor Horse Painting at Exeter Art Class



This week, I use interactive acrylics, a medium flat brush and A2 mixed media paper to create a painting of a Dartmoor miniature pony. This video actually shows some extracts from an animal painting artist workshop that I recently held in Exeter. For those that came along, thanks very much for attending, hope you find this a useful record of some of the stuff we did and I've included some bonus info using on-screen captions. I also did a painting of a steer that you can see here


Art Prints

The image below shows how we can begin to construct a sheep from simple lines and structure, here we've used watercolour marker pen and a damp brush.



Contours are a useful tool for creating an illusion of 3 dimensions, this doesn't have to be as obvious and bold as the examples below but these images illustrate the idea.






The Sunday Art Show - Quick Quirky Sheep - Ten minute painting using acrylic paint markers

April 7th, 2019

The Sunday Art Show - Quick Quirky Sheep - Ten minute painting using acrylic paint markers



This week, I have some fun creating a boldly coloured, simply treated painting of a sheep in about ten minutes. Also, included some captions with bonus info and tips throughout the video for the first time. This ten minute sheep painting was created using Liquitex acrylic paint marker pens and Daler Rowney mixed media paper. Really good to experiment with different styles, techniques, materials and time limits. See you next Sunday for the next episode of the Sunday Art Show.

The Sunday Art Show - En Plein Air Sharpie Pen Drawings

March 31st, 2019

The Sunday Art Show - En Plein Air Sharpie Pen Drawings



Beautiful weather in Exeter over the last few days, so with a sketch pad (mixed media paper), biro and sharpie marker pen in hand, I grabbed a few minutes each day to draw: a man, a cat, some houses, some hills, a mill and some grand buildings. Also, created some business cards and put up a poster for my next art class. Great fun being out in the sun! See you next Sunday for the next episode of The Sunday Art Show.
See the business cards here,
sketch from Cathedral green, and the sketch of the guy at library.

The Sunday Art Show - Back in the land of the giants - watercolour beach painting

March 24th, 2019

The Sunday Art Show - Back in the land of the giants - watercolour beach painting



Back at Bedruthan steps for this week's video. Some of you may remember the previous Bedruthan sketch that was a black & white watercolour study from the cliff top. This time, I venture down the steep steps onto the sand, walk among the huge rocks and take in the view looking south out across the ocean. Then, back home, I paint a 20 minute watercolour study of this view, this time in colour. I'm planning a series of studies of different aspects of this beach, each time, refining my technique and using different media. You can see the hi resolution image of the painting here: or a different framing of the same pic, that I think works better here
Materials used: Winsor and Newton watercolour paints, Daler-Rowney mixed media board A3, synthetic round and flat brushes, water spray.
See you next week for the next episode of the Sunday Art Show.

Exeter Art Class

March 22nd, 2019

Exeter Art Class



Following on from last month's workshop, I'm holding another art class in Exeter on Friday 5th April (1pm to 4pm) at Exwick Parish Hall, Exwick, Exeter, EX4 2AA. Cost is £25. All welcome!

The Sunday Art Show - Belted Galloway Cow Dartmoor Landscape Watercolour painting

March 17th, 2019

The Sunday Art Show - Belted Galloway Cow Dartmoor Landscape Watercolour painting



Inspired by the rugged and colourful landscape of Dartmoor in Devon, in this video I paint a grazing belted galloway cow against a back drop of grass, heather, gorse and rolling hills. Just a quick study but using watercolor allows expressive washes and mark-making in a relatively short time. Also used a little bit of ball-point pen for the fluffy bits on the cow. You can see the high resolution version here:
Materials used: Winsor and Newton watercolours, prussian blue watercolor marker, large and medium synthetic pointed round brushes, smooth A4 mixed media paper, paper towel, blue biro

The Sunday Art Show - Exeter Art Class - Sheep Painting

March 10th, 2019

The Sunday Art Show - Exeter Art Class - Sheep Painting



This week I thought I'd show you a little behind the scenes footage of an art class that I ran in Exeter last week. The finished sheep painting is called "It's a strange world" and you can see the full version here, or a close-up of the sheep here

En Plein Air Beach Watercolor Painting - Sharks Seawater and Wave-Splashed Sketches

March 3rd, 2019

En Plein Air Beach Watercolor Painting - Sharks Seawater and Wave-Splashed Sketches



This week, I play a game of hit and run at the beach. Taking a walk / run along Exmouth beach round the headland to Sandy Bay in Devon, I stop at 5 different locations to create a quick monochrome watercolour study of the scene.



The beach was amazing today as the tide was further out than I'd ever seen it at this location.



For a couple of the sketches, I even place the paper in the sea to try and achieve interesting effects.



 Great fun, an amazing day drawing and painting in watercolor at the beach, working en plein air, on a day with a particularly low tide.





Materials: Mixed media paper, smooth finish, A4 size, Winsor and Newton watercolour marker, burnt umber.

Here's a link to the paddle boarder cartoon inspired by the same location

and the colourful sky painting inspired by the same location

Check out hi-res versions of

Sketch 1: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/exmouth-beach-watercolour-sketch-mike-jory.html

Sketch 2: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/exmouth-beach-monochrome-watercolor-study-mike-jory.html

Sketch 4: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/sandy-bay-beach-in-devon-sketch-mike-jory.html



Here are all the drawings from the day:




Starting at Exmouth beach, this pool in the sand caught my eye.








Standing on some rock that jutted out into the sea, I was able to capture this view looking back to the beach.






This little experiment didn't really work, put down a few lines then swiped the paper across the surface of the sea, the watercolour didn't move in the way I was hoping.






Simple sketch but it captures a nice sense of light.






Second experiment with the sea, put down more squiggly lines and then let a small wave hit the paper producing much more interesting marks.



The Sunday Art Show - Viewer Request - Texas Longhorn Steer Painting Demo

February 24th, 2019

The Sunday Art Show - Viewer Request - Texas Longhorn Steer Painting Demo



This week, it's a viewer-requested video, painting a Texas longhorn steer in acrylic. Materials: A3 mixed media paper, atelier interactive paints: magenta, cad red, ultramarine blue, phthalo blue, cad yellow, burnt umber, titanium white; small round and half inch flat synthetic brushes, watercolour marker pen
reference photo link:

View the hi-res painting here

Starting with loose line work using a watercolor marker pen, I block in the steer with interactive acrylic. As the painting proceeds the colours get warmer (orangey browns) and the shadows deeper. An undulating cast shadow is included on the ground. The inclusion of a deep blue background really makes the colours sing and enhances the sense of hot sun.

Exeter Art Class

February 20th, 2019

Exeter Art Class

I'm running an artist workshop in Exeter on Friday 1st March 2019. This art class will focus on painting animals and landscapes. Full details on the poster!






The Sunday Art Show - En Plein Air Sailing Boat Riverscape - Back in the water at Exmouth Beach

February 17th, 2019

The Sunday Art Show - En Plein Air Sailing Boat Riverscape - Back in the water at Exmouth Beach





An amazing unseasonably warm and sunny February day led me down to the sand of Exmouth beach to use my inktense travel kit and some water colour marker pens to paint a quick en plein air riverscape inspired by the view across the mouth of the River Exe to the sand of Dawlish Warren and the Haldon Hills beyond.
See the finished pic here and here's a previous video of me standing in the sea painting from the summer.
Materials used: A4 mixed media paper, inktense travel set, winsor and newton water colour markers, sea water to fill the water brush! :-)

The Sunday Art Show - En Plein Air Landscape Sketching

February 10th, 2019

The Sunday Art Show - En Plein Air Landscape Sketching





This week, it was too windy to paint en plein air so I worked from inside my car to paint the rolling hills of the Exe Valley in Devon. Parked in Duryard Valley Park, high above the city of Exeter, I use a water brush and inktense to create a quick sketch of the rolling hills and hedge-lined fields. Really good fun! This week I use: A4 smooth mixed media paper and the inktense travel set. The colours included in this little set are: Sun Yellow, Mango, Poppy Red, Dark Plum, Mid Ultramarine, Bright Blue, Racing Green, Teal Green, Kiwi, Burnt Yellow Ochre, Natural brown & Ink Black. To read Cindy Schnackel's article on waterbrushes, click here.

The Sunday Art Show - En Plein Air Horse Sketching

February 3rd, 2019

The Sunday Art Show - En Plein Air Horse Sketching





This week, I do some en plein air sketches of horse in a field on the edge of Exeter. You can see the close-up of the art work here.
Materials used: A4 mixed media paper, inktense travel set, ball-point pen.
Had great fun sketching some horses using my new inktense travel set and a water brush for the first time. This presented me with a few challenges as the horses moved from time to time, and the brush, while very good, wasn't what I was used to. I did 3 different studies on the first day, with varying results, then came back the next day but used biro to draw this time, followed by inktense painting, then added some final texture and detail with the ball point pen again. Great fun drawing and painting in the fresh air but a little chilly! Hope you enjoy this real time video.

The Sunday Art Show - Bison Watercolor Painting - I See You Looking

January 27th, 2019

The Sunday Art Show - Bison Watercolor Painting - I See You Looking





Materials used: Winsor & Newton watercolour marker, smooth watercolor paper and a flat brush (half inch). This week, I return to the brush and pen watercolour sketching technique I used a couple of weeks ago to paint this bison. I'm calling this picture of a bison standing side on "I see you looking!"
To see a high resolution image of this bison watercolour painting, click here
You can see the bison drawing patterned duvet cover featured in the video here
and the floor cushions here

The Sunday Art Show - en plein air riverscape - mixed media watercolour painting

January 20th, 2019

The Sunday Art Show - en plein air riverscape - mixed media watercolour painting





This week, I try a little experiment using the following:
Paint-On Multi Techniques 250g/sqm A4 paper by Clairefontaine
Spectrum Noir alcohol-based marker pens
Winsor and Newton watercolour paint & half-inch flat synthetic brush
biro (ball - point pen)
Standing right next to the churning water at the weir on the River Exe in Devon, I do a quick watercolor en plein air study of the river and trees. Because the water is so turbulent, once in a while a splash lands on my painting creating some interesting marks. Then, once I'm back home I use biro pens to add some characterful line work to include and enhance the splash marks into the design. You can see the hi-res version here

The Sunday Art Show - How to paint a cheetah in watercolour

January 13th, 2019

The Sunday Art Show - How to paint a cheetah in watercolour





Ten minute cheetah painting or drawing real time. See the hi-res finished picture here: Inspired by the watercolour marker and wet brush technique that I used last week, I decided to try the same thing for an animal in this case a cheetah prowling along. Here I use a lamp black Winsor and Newton watercolour marker, a half inch flat synthetic brush and some smooth mixed media paper. Starting with loose gestural lines, using the brush tip of the watercolour marker pen, I quickly outline the general form of this big cat. Next, I use the wet brush to soften lines and create areas of tone and shadow to create a sense of three dimensions. The spotted pattern of the cheetah's coat is treated selectively and carefully to enhance the 3D effect. Then I used the fine line nib of the pen for some final details. This simple technique proved to be a really efficient way to draw this cheetah walking through the long grass and it's something I plan on exploring further in the coming weeks.

The Sunday Art Show - black and white watercolor seascape sketch of Bedruthan Steps beach in Cornwall

January 6th, 2019

The Sunday Art Show - black and white watercolor seascape sketch of Bedruthan Steps beach in Cornwall



See the close-up of this watercolor seascape painting / drawing here
This week I visit, for the first time, the amazing Cornish beach, Bedruthan Steps and, inspired by the view from the cliff top, looking down on the array of massive rocks that sit on the sand, I create a black and white watercolor sketch of this spectacular seascape using:
A4 "Paint On Multi-Techniques" mixed media paper by Clairefontaine (but any good mixed media or watercolour paper (smooth finish) would work)
Winsor and Newton lamp black watercolour marker pen
flat synthetic half inch brush
some clean water

The Sunday Art Show - How to draw a cow head

December 30th, 2018

The Sunday Art Show - How to draw a cow head



This week, we draw a mixed media cow head using watercolour marker pens, a flat, clean, wet brush and some atelier interactive acrylic paint.
After doing some gestural line work of the cow's head, the clean wet brush is dragged through the watercolour to create some tone. Next, I add some purple lines and follow this with acrylic highlights. Good fun to experiment with unusual colour combinations.

The Sunday Art Show - En Plein Air Seascape Painting

December 23rd, 2018

The Sunday Art Show - En Plein Air Seascape Painting



This week we return to the beautiful beach Widemouth bay in Cornwall for a ten minute en plein air mixed media seascape painting. Materials used: Watercolour paper (smooth finish), Winsor and Newton field easel, Winsor and Newton Watercolour marker pens, Winsor and Newton Watercolour paints, Derwent Inktense Blocks, Synthetic flat brushes (1 inch and half inch).
Sitting on the sand, work in the open air, I begin having put a few loose lines down with the watercolour marker pen. Next, I block in a few areas of colour with the watercolour paint and follow this with applying the inktense blocks with directly and with a brush. The watercolour markers are used again for a few final lines. This was a really lovely few minutes, sitting in the warm autumn sun, looking out to sea and painting loosely and freely.

The Sunday Art Show - How to paint a realistic black cat in acrylic

December 16th, 2018

The Sunday Art Show - How to paint a realistic black cat in acrylic



In this week's video demo I paint a black cat using Atelier interactive acrylics.
Materials used:
Daler-Rowney Mixed Media Paper (A3 size)
Synthetic flat brushes (1 inch and half inch)
Synthetic round brush (size 10)
water sprayer
Winsor and Newton watercolour marker (lamp black)
Atelier interactive acrylics: cad red, cad yellow, ultramarine blue, burnt umber, titanium white
Starting with a loose outline of the cat, sitting in the winter sun, created using the watercolour marker pen, I begin by blocking in the cat with a black created from burnt umber and ultramarine blue. Next, I add patches of copper and blue highlights and include a loose yellow and green background. The details of the cat's eyes and face are left to the end, all in, it took around 20 minutes painting time to create this acrylic study of a black cat sitting in the sun.

The Sunday Art Show - How to paint a white goat in acrylic

December 9th, 2018

The Sunday Art Show - How to paint a white goat in acrylic





This week, I do a goat painting demonstration in response to a viewer request. The materials I use are:
WHSmith Mixed media paper (A3)
Synthetic brushes: half in flat and a small round brush.
Atelier interactive acrylics: cadmium red, cadmium yellow, ultramarine blue, titanium white, burnt umber.
Water spray bottle
I also use the website wheeldecide.com to create a wheel of fortune and use it to decide which colour to use next throughout the video. This results in a slightly different look for this painting compared to my normal style, I really enjoyed using this technique to do a fresh style.
The finished painting is called 'Content with the view' - gestural impressionist painting of a white goat with horns standing in a field, with yellow hills in the background, against a blue sky looking off into the distance. Inspired by a goat in Somerset, England. This picture was created with interactive acrylic paint on mixed media paper and I actually used a wheel of fortune to select colours and the order I used them for the first two thirds of this painting. This resulted in subtly different colour combinations compared to my usual style. You can see the hi-res version of the painting here: click on the image to zoom in on a particular section.

The Sunday Art Show - En Plein air painting in a secret arboretum

December 2nd, 2018

The Sunday Art Show - En Plein air painting in a secret arboretum





This week I explore a hidden arboretum in the village of Newton St Cyres in Devon and work on a loose en plein air study of the trees using:
Winsor and Newton field easel
Winsor and Newton watercolour markers
Atelier interactive acrylics: cad red, cad yellow, ultramarine blue, cerulean blue, burnt umber, magenta
Synthetic flat brushes: half inch and 1 inch
Daler Rowney mixed media art board A3 size
Tucked away behind a picturesque English churchyard lies a hidden arboretum. Sitting on the grass, I work en plein air to create a loose impressionism style acrylic painting of the light playing across the trees and grass.


The Sunday Art Show - Using a wheel of fortune to choose colours used in a ballroom dancers Sharpie drawing

November 25th, 2018

The Sunday Art Show - Using a wheel of fortune to choose colours used in a ballroom dancers Sharpie drawing



Have you ever let fate decide your creative direction? This week I use a wheel of fortune (www.wheeldecide.com) to select 3 colours from a range of Sharpie marker pens. Then I use this colour combination to create a drawing of a pair of ballroom dancers. I start out putting down some loose gestural lines to depict the energy and flow of the dance, next I refine lines with the second colour. Finally, I block in different sections of both male and female dancers using the third and second colours.
Here are the materials I used:
Daler-Rowney Mixed media paper
Sharpie pens
reference photo (royalty free) can be found here.
see the high resolution version of my drawing here you can click on different sections of the image to see a magnified version of the art work.
This is a fun little experiment that can lead to new creative avenues to explore!

The Sunday Art Show - en plein air surfer seascape painting

November 18th, 2018

The Sunday Art Show - en plein air surfer seascape painting





Materials used: Daler Rowney Mixed media art boards, Winsor and Newton field easel, Derwent Inktense blocks, Atelier interactive acrylics, winsor and newton watercolour marker pens.
This week I'm back at Fistral Beach in Cornwall creating an en plein air mixed media study of a surfer walking back up the beach from the sea. I start with inktense blocks to create a series of washes, switch to acrylics for the rest of the painting and add a few finishing touches with some watercolour markers. Check out the hi-res picture here (click on the image to enlarge a section) https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/surfer-walking-back-up-the-beach-at-fistral-beach-in-cornwall-mike-jory.html


The Sunday Art Show - Simple step by step measuring proportions for animal art

November 11th, 2018

The Sunday Art Show - Simple step by step measuring proportions for animal art





Materials needed if you want to follow along:
Photo of an animal of choice, paper or canvas, drawing medium of choice, 3 colours would be useful (I use a Sharpie pen in this video), a spare long-handled brush (or a stick would do).
In this week's video, I demonstrate, with help from Exmouth Art Group, a simple two box method for quickly getting the proportions of animals accurate. Working on a drawing of a cow, I start by using the classic, thumb on brush measuring technique then transfer these measurements into drawing a well-proportioned box that will contain the whole animal. Next, I do the same style measurements for the head of the animal allowing me to draw a second box within the first. You can also see how this technique works for members of Exmouth Art Group who attended a workshop I ran on painting animals.

The Sunday Art Show - En Plein Air Watercolour Painting at Widemouth Bay in Cornwall

November 4th, 2018

The Sunday Art Show - En Plein Air Watercolour Painting at Widemouth Bay in Cornwall

In this week's episode, I am sitting on the sand at Widemouth Bay beach in Cornwall painting an en plein air seascape using Winsor and Newton watercolour paint and synthetic brushes. Once I'm back home, I add a couple of finishing touches with some acrylic. Had great fun filming this on an unexpectedly hot and sunny October afternoon. Here's the link to the Chrissycanvasart youtube channel that I mention in the video: https://www.youtube.com/chrissycanvasart



Ten Minute Beaver Painting - Browns and blues brushed onto a beaver

October 28th, 2018

Ten Minute Beaver Painting - Browns and blues brushed onto a beaver

In this beaver painting demo, I start with a very loose line drawing in blue watercolour marker and add a series of thin acrylic washes using atelier interactive acrylics to bring this beaver to life. The whiskers were added using blue biro pen. I was able to complete this little painting in just over ten minutes. If you want to check out the brush work in more detail then you can see the hi-res image here. for some of my recent beaver drawings check out these links: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/beaver-drawing-mike-jory.html and https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/beaver-sketch-mike-jory.html




The Sunday Art Show - Ten Minute Alligator Drawing

October 21st, 2018

The Sunday Art Show - Ten Minute Alligator Drawing



Cartoon style alligator drawing created in about ten minutes using mixed media including acrylic paint markers (Liquitex), watercolour markers (winsor and newton), prolene marker pens and inktense blocks. Good fun to have a change of pace this week drawing this alligator head in cartoon style

The Sunday Art Show - En Plein Air Landscape Painting

October 14th, 2018

The Sunday Art Show - En Plein Air Landscape Painting

This week, I return to the banks of the River Exe to paint the scene that featured in a previous video in a looser style. If you would like to compare the 2 landscape paintings, then the previous version can be seen coming to life in this video: https://youtu.be/U7e4Ta9NLaE For both paintings I use Atelier interactive acrylic but for this one I also use watercolour markers for a couple of finishing touches.



The Sunday Art Show - How to paint a pig in watercolour

October 7th, 2018

The Sunday Art Show - How to paint a pig in watercolour

Starting out with an outline of the pig in watercolour marker pen, I used large and small round brushes to add thin layers of watercolour paint to create, form, light and shadow on this pig. Finally, I add a few details to the face and head in this ten minute watercolour painting of a pig.



The Sunday Art Show - How to paint cows in watercolour

September 30th, 2018

The Sunday Art Show - How to paint cows in watercolour

This week I use a simple line and wash technique to paint a herd of cows in watercolour. Each cow is outlined using watercolor marker pen, then a clean damp brush is used to create areas of tone.



The Sunday Art Show - Sheep and Lamb Painting

September 24th, 2018

The Sunday Art Show - Sheep and Lamb Painting

Posting this a day late due to a visit to Buckingham Palace, but the video did go up on Sunday (just) as usual :-) This week I paint an impressionism style flock of sheep and lambs using Atelier interactive acrylic paint in real time.



The Sunday Art Show - Painting a cow in twenty minutes

September 16th, 2018

The Sunday Art Show - Painting a cow in twenty minutes

This week, it's a cow painting completed in about 20 minutes using interactive acrylic paint. Featuring a more subdued than usual colour palette, I move the paint around with brushes as normal but also use some paper towel to cover areas with soft variations of tone. If you'd like to zoom in on the brushwork of the high resolution version, then you can do so here






The Sunday Art Show - En plein air seascape - Sea Fret at Fistral

September 9th, 2018

The Sunday Art Show - En plein air seascape - Sea Fret at Fistral

This week, I do a quick en plein air painting of a misty morning at the beach. Using Atelier interactive acrylics, working in the open air, I watch the waves roll in at Fistral Beach and paint the subtle colours in the morning mist over the water. This is just a quick study but captures some of the atmosphere of being at Fistral beach when there's a sea fret. See the hi-res pic here





The Sunday Art Show - Sheep head painting tutorial

September 2nd, 2018

The Sunday Art Show - Sheep head painting tutorial

This week, I go through a real-time acrylic painting of a sheep looking straight at you, mainly focusing on the head of the sheep. This time, I painted using a textural, impressionist style and also included a background landscape. If you want to get a closer look at the brush work, you can see the hi-res version of the painting here.



The Sunday Art Show - En Plein Air River Painting - The River Exe in Devon

August 26th, 2018

The Sunday Art Show - En Plein Air River Painting - The River Exe in Devon






This week, I'm sat on the bank of the River Exe in Devon for a real time en plein air acrylic painting. Lots of different things to paint in this spot, hills, water, trees, reeds etc. Great fun being outside painting landscapes or riverscapes.










The Sunday Art Show - Black Cow in Landscape Painting

August 19th, 2018

The Sunday Art Show - Black Cow in Landscape Painting

In this real time acrylic painting video I create a painting of a black cow lying down in amongst the heather and gorse up on Dartmoor in Devon. This landscape animal painting features impressionist style distant hills and plants along with a precisely painted cow. Using Atelier interactive acrylics throughout, this video has no soundtrack, so you can just sit back and enjoy the painting of this black cow come to life. This video acts as a tutorial for both landscape and animal paintings. 



The Sunday Art Show - En Plein Air Seascape Paintings

August 12th, 2018

The Sunday Art Show - En Plein Air Seascape Paintings

This week, I'm back down at Fistral beach in Cornwall to do some en plein air paintings using acrylic. In this video, I go through a painting from start to finish in real time while sat on the beach and also chat about the other paintings I created on the same day. Had a brilliant time in the sunshine taking in the sea air! Hope you enjoy this week's episode of the Sunday Art Show.





 

The Sunday Art Show - Watercolour and acrylic - Deer painting - Perfectly Poised

August 5th, 2018

The Sunday Art Show - Watercolour and acrylic - Deer painting - Perfectly Poised

This week it's a real time video of a mixed media, watercolour and acrylic painting of a deer with antlers standing with perfect graceful posture, alert yet relaxed in a woodland glade perhaps. Prussian blue watercolour marker was used to create a gestural line drawing of the deer, then more watercolour lines, dragged through with a clean wet brush introduced soft-edged patches of background colour. Next, acrylic paint was added to the deer to provide bold shadows, light and form in contrast to the gentler background. Hope you enjoy the creation of this vividly coloured, impressionist style deer painting.



The Sunday Art Show - Drawing Seagulls - En Plein Air

July 29th, 2018

The Sunday Art Show - Drawing Seagulls - En Plein Air

This week, I am down in Cornwall at Fistral beach when I notice a couple of seagulls have landed next to me. I quickly start on an en plein air, race against time as I sketch these birds with a combination of watercolour and acrylic. Filmed using a go pro style camera attached to my head, you can see what I saw at each stage of the drawing in this real time video.



The Sunday Art Show - More En Plein Air beach paintings

July 22nd, 2018

The Sunday Art Show - More En Plein Air beach paintings



Sorry for the late-in-the-day post, been painting all day at the beach! This week’s episode continues from last week’s episode and features more en plein air beach paintings

The Sunday Art Show - En Plein Air Painting - Standing in the sea

July 15th, 2018

The Sunday Art Show - En Plein Air Painting - Standing in the sea

Had an amazing day at Dawlish Warren beach, painting en plein air the view across the water while standing in the sea. This was so enjoyable and relaxing, like having a 3 week holiday compressed into an afternoon! See the acrylic landscape / seascape painting come to life in real time! See the finished painting here




The Sunday Art Show - Herd of cows drawing tutorial - purple cows on a bag

July 8th, 2018

The Sunday Art Show - Herd of cows drawing tutorial - purple cows on a bag

In this week's episode, I use mixed media to draw a herd of friesian cows. However, these are rather unusual in that I depict them with bright purple! Starting with a prussian blue acrylic paint marker, I do some loose gestural drawing to place the cows in the field, letting the lines freely wander to create a sense of movement and expression. Next, a mauve watercolour marker is used to block in the dark areas of each cow. Following this, a wet but clean flat brush is lightly dragged through the purple patches to create more subtle shadows and areas of texture. Finally, I preview the design on a tote bag.

Check out a hi resolution image here (click the pic after the link for hi res close up) https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/purple-friesian-holstein-cows-drawing-mike-jory.html

Check out the bag here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/purple-friesian-holstein-cows-drawing-mike-jory.html?product=weekender-totebag



The Sunday Art Show - English beach scene painting tutorial - real time video

July 1st, 2018

The Sunday Art Show - English beach scene painting tutorial - real time video

This week, I take a visit to Sidmouth on the south coast of Devon, England and use the view to inspire an English beach scene panting tutorial. This real time video of how to paint a coastal scene uses a combination of watercolor marker pens and atelier interactive acrylics to create a vibrant Devon beach scene featuring red cliffs, purple and blue sea, wet sand and a few people walking along the beach. Finally, I show 3 different ways to frame the same painting. You can check out the 3 different versions here (click on the image for a high resolution close-up of the brushwork)
panoramic version:
square version:
tall and narrow version:




The Sunday Art Show Cow Painting Tutorial Mixed Media Experiment

June 24th, 2018

The Sunday Art Show Cow Painting Tutorial Mixed Media Experiment

This week, I try a mixed media experiment to draw a friesian cow using watercolour marker pens, then take a clean wet brush to move the paint around, spray the paint with water to create effects, then use interactive acrylic paint to fill in the background and put some highlights on the cow. See you next week, for the next episode of the Sunday Art Show.






The Sunday Art Show Sheep and Landscape painting tutorial lying down in the English countryside

June 17th, 2018

The Sunday Art Show  Sheep and Landscape painting tutorial  lying down in the English countryside

In this week's episode of the Sunday Art Show, I use Atelier Interactive acrylics to paint a sheep lying down in the English countryside. Inspired by a flock on the edge of Exeter in Devon, thin washes are used to suggest background hills and hedgerows, then thicker paint is used for the foreground grass and sheep that includes a wider range of colours and textures. See you next Sunday for the next episode of the Sunday Art Show! :-)



The Sunday Art Show - 10 minute sheep painting - mixed media experiment

June 10th, 2018

The Sunday Art Show - 10 minute sheep painting - mixed media experiment

In this episode of the Sunday Art Show, I spend about ten minutes experimenting with a combination of alcohol based marker pen, acrylic paint and acrylic paint markers to create a painting (or drawing) of a sheep in bright sun light.




The Sunday Art Show - 10 minute landscape painting - English countryside

June 3rd, 2018

The Sunday Art Show - 10 minute landscape painting - English countryside

In this week's episode of the Sunday Art Show, I work on a quick ten minute painting to capture some hills, trees and hedges in acrylic. Really enjoying the challenge of these quick ten minute studies, I hope to use a more considered version of this composition in the near future for a landscape painting based on the countryside near Exeter, maybe with a few sheep in the bottom left of frame and a few up on the distant hill.



The Sunday Art Show - Oak Tree Painting Tutorial - Real Time

May 27th, 2018

The Sunday Art Show - Oak Tree Painting Tutorial - Real Time

In this week's the Sunday Art Show, I demonstrate how to paint an oak tree using acrylic paint. This oak tree painting tutorial uses conventional acrylic paint first, then this is over-painted with atelier interactive acrylic paint and a variety of brush strokes, mark making and blending techniques. You can also see some close-ups of the painting here.
























The Sunday Art Show - Ten Minute Painting Landscape Real Time - English Countryside

May 20th, 2018

The Sunday Art Show - Ten Minute Painting Landscape Real Time - English Countryside

In this week's episode of the Sunday Art Show,  I use acrylic paint to capture a typical English countryside scene in this ten minute painting demonstration. Vibrant colours and gestural brush strokes are used to  capture the hills, fields, hedges and trees of the Devon countryside in this real time landscape tutorial. Hope to see you next Sunday, for the next episode of the Sunday Art Show:




The Sunday Art Show - Ten Minute Landscape Painting Real Time

May 13th, 2018

The Sunday Art Show - Ten Minute Landscape Painting Real Time

Today, I paint a real time ten minute landscape painting that is inspired by the view of the River Exe from the end of Dawlish Warren beach. I sketched in a few lines while standing on the Devon sand and enjoying the sunshine. Then, back at the studio and working from memory, I use Atelier interactive acrylics to quickly create a scene of a boat on calm blue water with rolling hills in the distance. See you next Sunday for the next episode of the Sunday Art Show.




The Sunday Art Show - How to draw a lamb in ten minutes using marker pens

May 6th, 2018

The Sunday Art Show - How to draw a lamb in ten minutes using marker pens

In the latest episode of the Sunday Art Show, I demonstrate, in real time, how to draw a lamb in about ten minutes using Spectrum Noir alcohol based marker pens. (New episode next Sunday)




The Sunday Art Show - How to paint a pig in acrylics tutorial

April 29th, 2018

The Sunday Art Show - How to paint a pig in acrylics tutorial

The Sunday Art Show: In this real time animal painting video tutorial, I begin with a blob of blue interactive acrylic paint in the middle of the paper and then, with a spray of water and a flat brush, start to move this around on the page to demonstrate how to paint a pig. This is another ten minute painting challenge, a really good way to emphasise efficiency of painting technique and an opportunity to experiment with new colours and techniques. See more of my work at http://www..mikejory.co.uk





The Sunday Art Show - How to paint a sheep in ten minutes using acrylic paint markers and interactive acrylic paint

April 22nd, 2018

The Sunday Art Show - How to paint a sheep in ten minutes using acrylic paint markers and interactive acrylic paint

In this episode of the Sunday Art Show: A real time ten minute acrylic sheep painting tutorial. I begin with some loose line drawing of the sheep using a big acrylic paint marker pen and then complete the painting using atelier interactive acrylics and expressive, impressionist style brush work. This video demonstrates how to paint a sheep in just a few minutes but you can check out more detailed sheep paintings and drawings here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/collections/sheep+paintings
See you next Sunday for the next episode of the Sunday Art Show!




The Sunday Art Show - How to paint a cow in ten minutes - real time video tutorial

April 15th, 2018

The Sunday Art Show - How to paint a cow in ten minutes - real time video tutorial

How to paint a cow in about ten minutes. A new episode of the Sunday Art Show: This 10 minute ish video tutorial demonstrates how to paint a cow (side view) using acrylic paint in real time. I use the easy to blend, atelier interactive acrylics and start depicting this classic farm animal by blocking in the mass of the head and body very loosely, no line work. The finished acrylic painting shows this brown and white cow walking along through a green field with a cobalt blue background. Join me next Sunday for the next episode of the Sunday Art Show.







 

The Sunday Art Show - How to Paint a Sheep in Ten Minutes

April 8th, 2018

The Sunday Art Show - How to Paint a Sheep in Ten Minutes

In this video, I create a vibrantly coloured acrylic painting of a sheep in about 10 minutes using atelier interactive acrylics. The great thing about the ten minute painting challenge is that is forces you to work quickly and efficiently and really examine your own technique. For this sheep, I used some ultramarine and cobalt blues, cadmium red, cadmium yellow, burnt umber and titanium white. So, if you want to know how to paint a sheep quickly, this sheep painting tutorial may be for you.



The Sunday Art Show - Sketchbook reviewing the use of red and gold Liquitex acrylic paint markers

April 1st, 2018

The Sunday Art Show - Sketchbook reviewing the use of red and gold Liquitex acrylic paint markers


I start this video by showing an example of my typical painting style with a picture of a belted galloway cow. Then I talk through a quick tour of my recent drawing and sketching using Liquitex acrylic paint markers. A range of subjects are explored, landscapes, seascapes, cities, still life, dancers and even a cow but all using a red and gold colour scheme. These Red And Gold Experiments are a good example of how I periodically move away from my habitual work patterns to find new techniques. (See you next Sunday for a 10 minute Real-Time Lamb Drawing Tutorial)






The Sunday Art Show - 10 Minute Sheep Drawing Tutorial - Real Time

March 25th, 2018

The Sunday Art Show - 10 Minute Sheep Drawing Tutorial - Real Time

I've been trying out the Spectrum Noir alcohol-based blendable marker pens of late and in this video I start by briefly chatting about a 10 minute drawing of a sheep I completed recently and then move on to a real time ten minute drawing tutorial of the same sheep but on a bigger scale.




Messy How to Be Creative and Resilient in a Tidy-Minded World aka restriction is freedom when painting sheep

December 29th, 2017

Messy How to Be Creative and Resilient in a Tidy-Minded World aka restriction is freedom when painting sheep

I've just started reading the book "Messy: How to Be Creative and Resilient in a Tidy-Minded World" - anyone who has shared an office with me will testify that my desk usually acts as a visual advertisement for the title of this book! :-) - only got through the intro and chapter 1of the book so far but I am really enjoying it. Much of the beginning centres on a concert pianist who produces an incredible performance despite having a defective piano. The point of the story being that sometimes difficult circumstances can help us to think outside the box and create things that we otherwise wouldn't have. 

I actually use this technique when I paint from time to time. In the example below, I restricted myself to using just one brush and ended up creating a sheep painting that has a look that's truly unique compared to others in my portfolio. Check out "The Golden Fleece" in more detail here.




Cows Painting - Chit Chat

December 28th, 2017

Cows Painting - Chit Chat

"You know what Martha? I heard that Beatrice in the next field is very impulsive, she's like a bull at a gate with everything she does!" This is 'Chit Chat' A couple of cows having a chat in a field in Branscombe in Devon United Kingdom. See the painting / buy a print etc here.




Cow Painting - Guardians of the Valley

December 28th, 2017

Cow Painting - Guardians of the Valley

'Guardians of the Valley' Two cows, horns still intact, lying in the misty twilight of a Devon sky while surrounded by green and yellow fields overlooking a valley lined with hedgerows. See the painting in more detail here.




Cow Painting - The Courage of Youth

December 27th, 2017

Cow Painting - The Courage of Youth

"The Courage of Youth" - This young cow was found in a field north of Exeter in Devon. In this acrylic painting I've deliberately used non-realistic colors but at the same time endeavored to keep the hues harmonious so that they are striking but not jarring. The "blue lighting" has become something of a signature in my work and can be seen in several ofmy animal and figure paintings. You can see the painting in more detail here




Cow Painting - Video part 14

September 13th, 2017

Cow Painting - Video part 14

In episode 14 of the cows in Devon landscape painting, I do some further work on the cow lying down in the sun. First, I add a sense of texture to the hide of the animal and then include some very dark green in the deep shadow areas. The dark green is used to depict the light that bounces off the grass and onto the cow's skin. Finally, I do further work on the cow head, introducing blue shadows and simplifying my treatment of the subject.

Cow Painting - Video part 13

September 11th, 2017

Cow Painting - Video part 13

In episode 13 of the cows in Devon landscape painting demo, I work on the head of the cow lying down. Using a small round brush, marks of titanium white, magenta, cerulean blue and brown are applied and then I make use of the interactive acrylic blending properties and blend these marks together with a flat brush.

Cow Painting - Video part 12

September 10th, 2017

Cow Painting - Video part 12

In episode 12 of the cows in Devon landscape painting, I do a bit of field work... that is to say, I paint the field that the cows are in, adding some blades of grass to the edge of the cast shadows and generally adjusting the colour of the grass surrounding each cow. I then work on the hedge in the background, selecting the colour so that it best complements the cow in the middle.

Cow Painting - Video part 11

September 8th, 2017

Cow Painting - Video part 11

In episode 11 of the cows in Devon landscape painting demonstration, I refine the shadow areas of the cow lying down on the grass and also draw in its front leg that I had somehow missed before. It's funny how, despite careful observation, key elements of a subject can be missed or forgotten. Sometimes, this works out well and actually makes for a better painting but in this case, the cow definitely needs its leg! :-)

Cow Painting - Video part 10

September 7th, 2017

Cow Painting - Video part 10

In episode 10 of the cows in Devon landscape painting, the cow lying down in the sun gets a similar treatment to the two cows in shadow. Continuing with the idea of complementary colour pairs i.e. dark blue and orangey brown used previously, the left hand cow now gets some pale blue and a brighter orange brown layer added. The brighter coloured acrylics both add to the sense of sunshine and help to make this cow the focus of the painting.

Cow Painting - Video part 9

September 6th, 2017

Cow Painting - Video part 9

In episode 9 of the cows in landscape painting, I begin by further working on the shadows of the two right hand cows using pure blue. Then I add an orangey brown to each cow and, having sprayed the painting with water, make use of the blending properties of the Atelier interactive acrylics to create some interesting effects. Next, I work on the face of the middle cow using some lighter blues and titanium white.

Cow Painting - Video part 8

September 5th, 2017

Cow Painting - Video part 8

In episode 8 of the cow painting, I refine the line work on the middle and right-hand cows. My style of painting is iterative in nature, I typically work by putting down some quick lines, then block in, then add tone and colour. This is then followed by adjustments to any and / or all of the above. This little video is a good example of me going back over work already done in order to refine the image. In particular, I adjust the shapes of the cow heads and the lines of their backs with ultramarine blue. These adjustments have the added benefit of hiding the lower part of the tree which is a little too light at the moment.

Cow Painting - Video part 7

September 4th, 2017

Cow Painting - Video part 7

In episode 7 of the cow painting, I add some shadows to the cow on the left and redefine the line of its back as my initial mark had become lost under the layer of green paint. Because this animal is lying down in the sun, my plan is to have a higher level of contrast and range of colours on this cow compared to the others. Then, I place some cast shadows under the middle cow and darken certain areas next to the cattle.

Cow Painting - Video part 6

September 3rd, 2017

Cow Painting - Video part 6

In episode 6 of the cows in Devon landscape painting, I begin by using a mix of magenta and white on the brush to introduce some blossoms on the tree. To do this, I change the angle and orientation of the brush each time I paint a blossom to create the illusion of light striking the flowers in a different way. Then I use blue to enhance the shadows on the central and right-hand cow.

Cow Painting - Video part 5

September 2nd, 2017

Cow Painting - Video part 5

In episode 5 of the cows in landscape painting video, I begin by using a large frayed brush to depict a tree in the foreground on the right of the painting. Next, I use a reddish brown to create some shadows on the cow on the right, then do the same thing for the middle cow. This step starts to bring the cows to life as the begin to look like 3D objects with light beaming down on them. Finally the cow lying down on the grass also gets some shadow work done.

Cow Painting - Video part 4

September 1st, 2017

Cow Painting - Video part 4

In episode 4 of the cow painting video, I continue to work on the impressionist landscape in the background of the picture. First, I use a flat brush to introduce a field on the left of the painting, then, using a mix of colours on the brush, I roll the brush across the paper to create the impression of a line of trees.

Cow Painting - Video part 3

August 31st, 2017

Cow Painting - Video part 3

In episode 3 of the cow painting series, I use a mix of blue and white in varying proportions to block in the sky and then use multiple colours on one brush to produce a variety of marks in order to create the impression of some distant trees and a hill. Notice that a little blip of yellow ochre shows through the blue in the sky, and I deliberately leave this in the painting as an interesting effect.

Cow Painting - Video part 2

August 30th, 2017

Cow Painting - Video part 2

In episode 2 of the cow painting videos, I put down a colour beginning. This is a fun technique that allows you to quickly cover the paper in a range of colours in a haphazard manner. This provides an array of random colours and textures, some of which may show through in the final painting. In general, I use colours that will suit the final stages e.g. blue for distant landscape, blues, yellows and greens for the grass. However, sometimes I will use an apparently inappropriate colour for a subject. Here, this is done with the sky, where I put yellow ochre down, to be over-painted later in blue. The idea is to allow some of the ochre to peak through here and there, or show through a semi-transparent over-layer to provide a sense of warmth to the sky.

Cow Painting - Video part 1

August 29th, 2017

Cow Painting - Video part 1

Cow painting episode 1: If you're interested in how to paint a cow then this series of videos will be worth a look. In this first episode, I use blue acrylic paint to put down some quick lines describing three cows in the Devon countryside. These cows were encountered on a walk along the canal in Exeter, occupying a field next to the Turf Locks pub. Two of the cows are standing in the shelter of a tree while the third lies on the ground basking in the sun.

Finished Painting - Video - Sheep painting part 17

August 27th, 2017

Finished Painting - Video - Sheep painting part 17

Finished painting! In episode 17 of the sheep and lamb painting and detail on the lamb is finalized including orangey brown areas where the light is catching the wool and the inclusion of some blue / green reflected hues on the side of the head. Following this, further highlights are added to the grass and the tone of the area next to the lamb's nose and mouth is adjusted. Then, I sign the finished painting, photograph it, check that it has uploaded okay to my website and demonstrate how you can zoom in on a part of the painting to check out the brushwork. To see the finished image and look at hi-resolutions sections of the image, click on the image below the video. You can also purchase prints via the same link.



Art Prints

Video - Sheep painting part 16

August 26th, 2017

Video - Sheep painting part 16

In episode 16 of the sheep painting video, having previously worked on the adult sheep, adding more detail to the face, I now give the lamb's head a similar treatment. The eye is defined, the colour of the skin and wool changed and more detail added to both the head and body. This painting is nearing completion, see it all finished in the next episode! :-)

Video - Sheep painting part 15

August 25th, 2017

Video - Sheep painting part 15

In episode 15 of the sheep painting video, I describe the eye of the adult sheep in detail, then use some interactive acrylic to apply a wet-in-wet technique to the face combining blue and white to define the features. This paint is then used to enhance the highlights on the wool. Finally, some warmer colours are added to the ear.

Video - Sheep painting part 14

August 24th, 2017

Video - Sheep painting part 14

In episode 14 of the sheep painting video I add a variety of textures, marks and colours to the foreground grass. This is done using a few different techniques including applying different colours to different parts of a large frayed brush, applying paint to the edge of a palette knife and simply painting directly. These lighter hues contrast against the darker ones applied to same region earlier.

Video - Sheep painting part 13

August 23rd, 2017

Video - Sheep painting part 13

In episode 13 of the sheep painting video, I add a softer purple shadow region to the foreground lamb and then re-paint the highlights along the edge of the lamb's back. Following this, a range of colourful shadow areas are added to the grass under and around the left-hand sheep. Into the closing stages of this painting now but there are still a few more episodes to go. Please remember to subscribe to my youtube channel.

Video - Sheep painting part 12

August 22nd, 2017

Video - Sheep painting part 12

In episode 12 of the sheep painting video, more detail is added to the lamb this time using warmer colours including orangey browns and ochres. These warmer hues, as well as being appropriate colours for the lamb, also help to create the illusion that the lamb is closer to us than the two adult sheep that are predominantly described with cooler shades.

Video - Sheep painting part 11

August 21st, 2017

Video - Sheep painting part 11

In episode 11 of the sheep and lamb painting demo I add some highlights to the foreground sheep. A good tip when painting highlights is to include a range of colours. Here, for example, I use pure titanium white, a mix of white and blue and some golden orange where appropriate. The marks are made in a shape and direction to reflect the texture of the wool of the sheep.

Video - Sheep painting part 10

August 20th, 2017

Video - Sheep painting part 10

In episode 10 of the lamb painting demonstration the foreground sheep gets its belly expanded with some deep shadows. Then, an over-layer of purple shadow is added to the sheep. Working in layers in this way allows some of the multi-coloured first application of paint to show through the more uniform layers that follow creating interesting subtle effects. At the end of the video, the sheep finally gets a second ear! :-)

Video - Sheep painting part 9

August 19th, 2017

Video - Sheep painting part 9

In episode 9 of the sheep and lamb painting demo, I redefine the background trees and add some light, mid and dark tones to the background sheep. The detail on both trees and the background animal are kept to a minimum to help create the illusion that these three are further away from the viewer than the foreground sheep and lamb (both of which will be painted in more detail eventually).

Video - Sheep painting part 8

August 18th, 2017

Video - Sheep painting part 8

Episode 8 of the sheep and lamb painting. My painting is very much an iterative process. I make some marks, lines and or shapes, as a first approximation to the image I want, then I adjust these to improve the image, adjust again, and so on until I'm happy. This little video is a good example of this. Having spotted some areas that need adjustment, I re-draw the lines describing the foreground sheep and lamb.

Video - Sheep painting part 7

August 17th, 2017

Video - Sheep painting part 7

In episode 7 of the sheep painting video we follow on the introduction of the darker shades by picking out the areas on the foreground sheep and lamb that are really catching the light. Rather than use pure titanium white everywhere there is a highlight, it's a good idea to introduce a hint of other colours, in this case blue, to the brightest regions.

Video - Sheep painting part 6

August 17th, 2017

Video - Sheep painting part 6

Epsiode 6 of the sheep and lamb acrylic painting and here I add some purple blue shadow areas to the two animals in the foreground. This colour is chosen to give a sense of harmony and flow with the similar colours used in the sky.

Video - Sheep painting part 5

August 15th, 2017

Video - Sheep painting part 5

In episode 5 of the sheep and lamb painting demo I take inspiration from the view out of the window to depict a colourful sky full of purple and deep blue clouds. The useful trick of including a dab of white on the edge of your brush to get interesting effects is also demonstrated here.

Video - Sheep painting part 4

August 14th, 2017

Video - Sheep painting part 4

In this episode of the sheep painting I block in the grass using not just green but a range of colours. The paint is applied with a very frayed decorators brush that I find is a very useful tool both to cover large areas quickly and achieve various effects.

Video - Sheep painting part 3

August 13th, 2017

Video - Sheep painting part 3

In part 3 of the sheep and lamb painting demonstration I block in the sky with a mix of cerulean blue, titanium white and a touch of burnt umber. Next, I use some pure yellow ochre to block in the animals, applying this in a thin coat to allow the burnt umber line and shading work to show through.

Video - Sheep painting part 2

August 12th, 2017

Video - Sheep painting part 2

In part 2 of this sheep painting video, I continue to use the Liquitex acrylic paint marker (burnt umber) to introduce some hills and trees to the background Devon landscape. Then, I begin to add a sense of light and dark to the painting by defining the shadow regions on the sheep and lamb.

Video - Sheep painting part 1

August 11th, 2017

Video - Sheep painting part 1

Sheep painting part 1: Starting with an acrylic paint marker, I begin this painting by establishing the outline of two sheep and a lamb. Just keeping things loose and simple at this stage.

Liquitex Professional Paint Marker Pen review - video demo

August 8th, 2017

Liquitex Professional Paint Marker Pen review - video demo

I've recently started using Liquitex Professional Paint markers in my work. These marker pens, that are filled with acrylic paint rather than ink, are surprisingly expressive as they provide a wide variety of mark and line. They are also really useful for painting on location. I've used them to create drawings and also begin paintings. In the video below I go through the type of marks you can make, chat about some of my recent work using these pens and then do a quick cow sketch to show them in action.





Exeter Art Society

May 1st, 2017

Exeter Art Society

Had a great time painting a Belted Galloway Cow at Exeter Art Society the other night, thanks to everyone who came along!



Here's the finished painting
(above) that I did for the demo, this Belted Galloway cow was created
using Atelier Acrylics over the top of dried conventional acrylics, one
of my favourite techniques.



Everyone at Exeter Art Society made me feel very welcome and there was
lots of insightful (and humourous :-) ) discussion during the demo. The
photos here (above) are: top left: setting up for the evening, as I painted, my progress was projected onto the screen; mid left: people starting to arrive, there were about 37 people in attendance; bottom left: an audience member grabs a pic of the finished painting; right: micro exhibition and laptop slideshow for the half-time break.



Recently discovered this mixed media paper (above) and it's great to
paint on especially after sealing the surface with a coat of acrylic.



To start, I did some very quick and very loose line drawings (above)
where I don't worry at all about the results, it's a good way to warm up
before moving on to the main picture.



These patches of colour (above) were used to demonstrate the unique
properties of the Atelier Acrylics. The paint on the left is
conventional acrylic, the patch on the right is Atelier interactive.
Initially, they both looked identical and, once dry, I asked each person
in the audience to feel that both patches of paint were dry. Once
everyone was satisfied, I sprayed both with water and demonstrated that
the patch of conventional acrylic was completely waterproof by rubbing a
brush over the top. However, when a brush was used on the Interactive
paint it was reactivated and was easy to move around on the paper (this
makes for much easier blending than conventional acrylics allow).




Above: A close-up of the cow head,
I used the Atelier Acrylics to define the details and created some
blended effects / soft edges on different parts of the animal.


Really enjoyed the evening, thanks to everyone who helped me pack everything away. Check out Exeter Art Society's website here.





Private View - Landscape Artist of the Year 2016 at the Mayne Gallery in Kingsbridge, Devon

May 1st, 2017

Private View - Landscape Artist of the Year 2016 at the Mayne Gallery in Kingsbridge, Devon

As mentioned in recent posts, I was lucky enough to be named a finalist in the Devon Life Magazine Landscape Artist of the Year 2016. The work of the six finalists is now showing in an exhibition at the Mayne Gallery in Kingsbridge and here are some photos from the private view that took place the other night.
















































Landscape Paintings on show at Mayne Gallery in Kingsbridge

March 26th, 2017

Landscape Paintings on show at Mayne Gallery in Kingsbridge

I have some paintings going on show for the first 3 weeks of April at the Mayne Gallery in Kingsbridge, South Hams, Devon. The exhibition is to celebrate the work of the six finalists in the Devon Life Landscape Painter of the year competition and also features work by James Tatum, Cherry Lyons, Peter Blakesley, Laura Boyd and Johanna Mcweeney




Finalist in the Devon Life Magazine Landscape Painter of the Year

February 10th, 2017

Finalist in the Devon Life Magazine Landscape Painter of the Year

Very pleased to hear that I have been selected as one of six finalists in Devon Life Magazine's Landscape Painter of the Year Competition. My painting 'Feel The Heat', an acrylic landscape painting of a Devon landscape was the image selected. You can check out the article in the February issue of the magazine.




Final part - How to find the time to paint every day - Focus for Five episode 8

January 23rd, 2017

Final part - How to find the time to paint every day - Focus for Five episode 8

Final part: In episode 8 of Focus for Five, I continue to block in the clothes, including a stripey shirt and then begin to fill in some of the negative space. The idea behind this painting of a group of people is to paint or draw for just 5 minutes a day, hence "Focus for Five", which allows one to be creative even on a really busy day when life would otherwise get in the way.




How to find the time to paint every day - Focus for Five episode 7

January 22nd, 2017

How to find the time to paint every day - Focus for Five episode 7

In episode 7 of Focus for Five, I add some highlights to the faces of the people and begin to block in the clothes. The idea behind this painting of a group of people is to paint or draw for just 5 minutes a day, hence "Focus for Five", which allows one to be creative even on a really busy day when life would otherwise get in the way.



How to find the time to paint every day - Focus for Five episode 6

January 19th, 2017

How to find the time to paint every day - Focus for Five episode 6

In episode 6 of Focus for Five, I demonstrate how to mix a flesh tone so that I can begin to define the faces, hands and arms of the pedestrians. The idea behind this painting of a group of people is to paint or draw for just 5 minutes a day, hence "Focus for Five", which allows one to be creative even on a really busy day when life would otherwise get in the way.



How to find the time to paint every day - Focus for Five episode 5

January 18th, 2017

How to find the time to paint every day - Focus for Five episode 5

I continue using acrylic to block in some more of the buildings in
episode 5 of Focus for Five. By blocking over the first layer of paint,
you can selectively allow parts of the textured, multi-coloured
under-layer to show through e.g. on the people. I find this is a really
efficient way to create interesting effects. The idea behind this
painting of a group of people is to paint or draw for just 5 minutes a
day, hence "Focus for Five", which allows one to be creative even on a
really busy day when life would otherwise get in the way.



How to find the time to paint every day - Focus for Five episode 4

January 17th, 2017

How to find the time to paint every day - Focus for Five episode 4

In episode 4 of Focus for Five it's back to the acrylic to add some blue sky and work on the buildings. The idea behind this painting of a group of people is to paint or draw for just 5 minutes a day, hence "Focus for Five", which allows one to be creative even on a really busy day when life would otherwise get in the way.




How to find the time to paint every day - Focus for Five episode 3

January 16th, 2017

How to find the time to paint every day - Focus for Five episode 3

In episode 3 of Focus for Five, I complete the line work for the picture
using watercolour marker. The idea behind this painting (of a group of
people) is to paint or draw for just 5 minutes a day, hence "Focus for
Five", which allows one to be creative even on a really busy day when
life would otherwise get in the way. Check out the video below:



How to find the time to paint every day - Focus for Five episode 2

January 15th, 2017

How to find the time to paint every day - Focus for Five episode 2

In episode 2 of Focus for Five, I continue to explore the technique of
painting or drawing for just 5 minutes each day. The idea is to find
time for art (or to be creative in some other way) on even the busiest
of days. In this episode I use watercolour marker on top of a dried
layer of acrylic paint (see episode 1) to begin to draw some people in
the picture.



How to find the time to paint every day - Focus for Five episode 1

January 14th, 2017

How to find the time to paint every day - Focus for Five episode 1

With the best will in the world, it can sometimes be difficult to find
the time to paint and draw. Sometimes, life just takes over and suddenly
weeks have gone by and easing over to the easel just hasn't happened.
Over the years, I've found that by allocating a short period of time
each day, I've been able to keep things moving along even when life gets
hectic. I thought this technique might be helpful to others so here's
episode 1 of 'Focus for Five'.



Painting in Progress - Cows at the Cathedral

November 18th, 2016

Painting in Progress - Cows at the Cathedral

I'm currently continuing the theme I started with 'This Way To The Beach' (below)





 and 'Going To Town' (below)





 As you may have noticed from the pictures above, that theme is belted galloway cows in unexpected places! I'm really enjoying placing these visually arresting animals in unusual environments and thereby creating unusual interactions. For example, in 'Going To Town' the pedestrians seem oblivious to the bovine visitor. However, in my current painting (still in progress, see below) the group of people are aware of the three belties that are stood in front of the cathedral. I've always enjoyed painting people but being able to combine animals and people in one picture is proving to be a real treat :-) Here's the painting so far...



Horse Painting video demonstration part 3 - bringing backgrounds to the fore

November 17th, 2016

Horse Painting video demonstration part 3 - bringing backgrounds to the fore


Here's part 3 of the acrylic painting of a wild Dartmoor horse. This one
is pretty simple as I'm just applying some background colour but here
are a few tips that you may wish to consider when doing your own
paintings:







 





1) Keeping your paint thin and runny
and applying it with brushstrokes in a range of directions will add
interesting texture to an area that could otherwise be just a block of
colour.


2) Repeating the above with a different colour can provide nice layered colour effects.


3)
With the example in the video, I enhance the contrast of the image by
making the background darker in places next those parts of the horse
that are bathed in light. Similarly, I place light background areas next
to regions of the horse that's in shadow.


4)
Working fast and applying the paint without too much thought can
sometimes prove advantageous and create effects you wouldn't otherwise
come across.


5) Conversely, it's also worth
thinking about the direction of background brushstrokes and how they can
complement your subject e.g. generally, one thing to avoid is having
your background brushstroke follow the entire outline of your subject.

6)
If using thin paint, don't be too afraid of going over the edge of your
subject in places as this will often produce a nice soft edge.




Hope this was helpful, if you'd like to see the finished painting 'Roaming Free' it can be found here. If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch.

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Acrylic Painting Techniques - 5 Reasons to be Proactive with Atelier Interactive

November 15th, 2016

Acrylic Painting Techniques - 5 Reasons to be Proactive with Atelier Interactive

Atelier Interactive acrylics open up new creative avenues for artists to explore. Conventional acrylic paints, once dry, are totally waterproof. Atelier interactive acrylics are different in that, even when touch-dry, the paint can be reactivated by spraying the painting surface with water. Here are some of the benefits that I've found over the last few years of using them.



1) Blend at your leisure, for painting pleasure.



Blending colours and tones is really easy with these paints. A technique that works well for me is to apply a block of colour and then lightly spray the area with water. Next, a second colour is applied very gently through this area of wet paint. Check out some examples below:





In the detail of 'A Lunch Interrupted' above, you can see I've blended cerulean blue and purple with a very dark blue on the side of this black Angus cow. The image below is a detail from "Come On, Keep Up" and I've used a similar technique with this calf painting, particularly on the hind quarters.













2) Terrific textures



Using a similar technique to above but being a bit firmer with the second layer of paint you can create really interesting textures and I sometimes use these for the fur, wool or hair on animals. Check out this example below, a detail of 'It's Sunny Here', where I've used this wet-in-wet technique to introduce some texture over the bridge of this sheep's nose and below the eye on the right side of the painting.









3) Heavenly hatching



Cross-hatching is the use of a pattern of criss cross fine lines to shade an area of a picture. This is most commonly done with drawings where you can use a pencil or pen to create the pattern one line at a time. However, it can also be done with a brush and I find spraying water onto interactive acrylic still on the palette to create really fluid paint and then applying this with a large frayed brush can create some really nice effects. The technique has been used on the side of these belted galloway cows shown below (you can see the full painting 'Hidden By Stone Walls' here).















4) Made a mistake or two? Now you have a Ctrl-Z undo!



You know when you're using a Windows program and you suddenly realize you've accidentally deleted something or made a mistake...just press Ctrl-Z and all is good right? Well now you can do the same thing with your painting. With normal acrylic, once the paint is dry your only choice is to paint over the error. With interactive acrylic, you can simply spray the dry paint with water then take a damp paper towel to remove the mistake. This is something I do in the video below.









5) Paint interactive acrylic on top of conventional acrylic



If you do your under painting with conventional acrylic then, once dry, you now have a wonderfully smooth surface upon which to apply interactive acrylic. This is a technique I've used many times and I really love the way the interactive paint slides over the dried conventional acrylic paint. Here's an example where I used this technique. (You can see the full version of 'Strike A Pose' here).









 

Hope you find this info useful, feel free to drop me a line if you have any questions.




Belted Galloway Cow Logo and Painting

November 14th, 2016

Belted Galloway Cow Logo and Painting

This was a really cool project I worked on with Paula Matthews from Manor Farm in Surrey. Paula provided me with a range of photos of her herd of belted galloway cattle. I created a black and white logo of a belted galloway cow (based on one of the farm's cows) and Paula then had it printed onto bags, banners and a van. As the preparatory work for a logo and a painting are essentially the same, Paula also commissioned a painting of some belties in the Surrey countryside which is now on display in the farm shop. Check out the photos below and you can see more belted galloway cow art here.


























Dodging traffic in Devon - Painting The River Exe

November 13th, 2016

Dodging traffic in Devon - Painting The River Exe

Following on from the series of horse painting videos, here I take a totally different approach and talk about some of the things that usually go on behind the scenes when creating a painting. Here, this includes taking reference photos, doing some thumbnail sketches and some experimental paintings before completing the final picture. The finished painting "Along The River Exe" depicts my version of the view from Cowley Bridge which is on the edge of the city of Exeter.




Cow Painting

October 25th, 2016

Cow Painting

This is a detail of the larger painting 'Riverside' and here the focus is on the cow and calf standing in / next to a hedge on the bank of the River Exe. Painted in acrylic, the original, full version of the painting is 40" by 50" but custom-sized prints are also available.
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Cow Painting

October 24th, 2016

Cow Painting

This is 'Going To Town'. Painted in acrylic, this surreal picture depicts a belted galloway cow calmly strolling across the road in the centre of an English city as pedestrians and shoppers go about their day. Perhaps this bovine beauty has wandered from Dartmoor to the capital city of Devon? Notice how the cow, bus and skateboarder are painted in the most detail to form three corners of a triangle that the viewer's eye can bounce around.
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Wild Horse Painting Video episode 10

October 21st, 2016

Wild Horse Painting Video episode 10

Here's the final episode of horse painting videos, here I put on some finishing touches and the demonstrate how you can view the high resolution image so you can see the brushwork up close. Working on some more videos but they'll be shorter than this project has been and will also include some location shots etc.




Wild Horse Painting Video episode 9

October 18th, 2016

Wild Horse Painting Video episode 9

In the penultimate episode of the Dartmoor horse video, adding indian yellow to the background makes the colours on the horse pop! :-)




Wild Horse Painting Video episode 8

October 16th, 2016

Wild Horse Painting Video episode 8

Episode 8 of the wild horse painting video includes a lots-of-colours-on-one-big-brush technique.




Wild Horse Painting Video episode 7

October 12th, 2016

Wild Horse Painting Video episode 7

Here's episode 7 of the horse painting video, adding some colour to the face this time...




Wild Horse Painting Video episode 6

October 9th, 2016

Wild Horse Painting Video episode 6

In episode 6 of the wild horse painting video I add some texture to the hair using a large brush and interactive acrylic paint. You can also find out how Lego people help me think about the easiest way to paint hair!




Wild Horse Painting Video episode 5

October 1st, 2016

Wild Horse Painting Video episode 5

Part 5 of the wild horse on Dartmoor painting video demonstrates another advantage of using Atelier interactive acrylics over the top of conventional acrylic....you can undo your mistakes :-) Here I work into the background of the painting more, including using several colours on the brush at once to introduce the beginnings of some foliage in the foreground.






Wild Horse Painting Video episode 4

September 27th, 2016

Wild Horse Painting Video episode 4

Episode four of the wild Dartmoor horse painting introduces one of my favourite techniques. Having let the conventional acrylics dry, I now start using a wet-in-wet technique by applying Atelier interactive acrylics over the top. There's more detail on the blending techniques you can use with these paints in future episodes but for now, you can see how I start to approach introducing more colour to the horse.




Wild Horse Painting Video episode 3

September 24th, 2016

Wild Horse Painting Video episode 3

Here's part 3 of the wild horse on Dartmoor painting video demonstration. In this installment, I have some fun putting in some background colour with a big brush, varying the tone of the background to enhance the contrast where light and shadow fall on the horse.




Wild Horse Painting Video episode 2

September 21st, 2016

Wild Horse Painting Video episode 2

Here's the second part of the video demonstrating how I go about painting a wild horse on Dartmoor. In this episode, I block in colour and tone to give the horse a three dimensional feel, establishing regions of light and dark tone using conventional acrylic paint over the top of the watercolour markers used in part 1.



Wild Horse Painting Video episode 1

September 16th, 2016

Wild Horse Painting Video episode 1

Set myself the challenge of filming an entire painting from start to finish with narration along the way. Talking while painting was tricky at times but good fun. I've split the video up into digestible portions, so here's part 1 of a painting of a wild horse on Dartmoor Here, I use Winsor & Newton watercolor markers to put down the initial drawing. Please feel free to ask if you have any questions about the techniques or materials used.

Cow Paintings part 2

December 5th, 2015

Cow Paintings part 2

The countryside that is the Exe Valley to the north of Exeter is, in my opinion, some of the most beautiful in the world.
Here you will find a meandering river, lush green fields, beautiful trees and rolling hills in addition to thatched-roof cottages
that are hundreds of years old and look like they've just popped out of The Lord Of The Rings. It is this area that provided the location for my next set of cow paintings. An early summer morning's drive on a sunny day, I was heading north and had just crossed a narrow stone-walled bridge (and by 'narrow' I mean 'barely more than the width of my car') when I glanced
left and saw a large herd of light golden brown cows basking in the low morning sun. This view led to the painting 'Guardians of the Valley' which depicts two horned cattle lying down, almost as if they are in the middle of a conversation, in a grassy field
that overlooks a valley with rolling hedge-lined fields.


Below: Devon Cow and Landscape Painting - Guardians of the Valley




Cow Painting



Once again, blue plays a key part in this image, for one the reflected light on the cattle but more unusually in the colour of the background fields. I think my favourite part is the cast shadow on the right-hand cow, painted in purples, for some reason my eye is always drawn to this area.


Cow Paintings

November 27th, 2015

Cow Paintings

I was first inspired to paint cows when walking through a field at the foot of Cam Peak in Gloucestershire in the south west of England. On a sunny but chilly day I was admiring the beautiful hedge-lined countryside with my family who had wandered a little away from me. When I turned around I was faced with a sizeable herd of Friesian or Holstein cows walking towards me. I took out my camera a fired off some photos as the black and white patchwork quilt of cattle ambled their way closer and closer. No aggression here you understand, simply curiosity combined with perhaps hunger...pretty sure these were the normal style of cows i.e. herbivore! Anyway, the movement, interaction and expressions on the faces of these animals really struck a chord with me and it became apparent that much of what I found fascinating when painting people was also present when observing animals (no disrespect to any portrait sitters intended!).

The first cow painting to come out of my experience with the cattle of Cam Peak was 'Who Are You?'. This is also, I think, the first narrow painting I produced and this relatively unusual aspect ratio is one I've enjoyed returning to over the years. The lead cow peers out of the canvas at the viewer while a couple of other members of the herd are suggested in less detail. The scenery is actually inspired by the view across some rolling hills from the edge of the road on the way to Dartmouth in Devon.





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Cow painting - Who Are You?

Id always been slightly reticent about working from photographs but this painting made me realise that I could produce work in my painted-from-life-style providing I tapped into the mindset I have when painting from life. The way I do this is to display the photo on the computer screen and then place the computer between 6 and 15 feet away from me as I paint at my easel. This encourages me to ignore the detail in the image and work in the same way I would if a real cow was in front of me, off at a distance.

I used a different section of the same photo to create Morning Walk next. Like the previous picture, this cow painting was created with acrylic paint using gloss medium to add some translucency to each layer of colour. It was the creation of this image with its clear blue sky above a bustling quartet of Friesians that made me really fall in love with painting this subject. The sense of movement that I feel comes across is in part due to the loose and expressive brush strokes used, especially with the 3 cows on the left. In addition, I found that using blues where one would normally expect to see blacks or browns gives the image a vibrant look that was in keeping with the reflected light I used to enjoy painting when depicting flesh tones.


Below: Morning Walk


See the hires pic or buy a print here







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Cow Painting: Morning Walk




My bovine acquaintances were not yet done providing me with pictorial inspiration as I used another photo of the same herd as reference for You Again?!. This is a large (about 40 x 30) painting on canvas of a group of Friesians, again with hues of blue, this time within the Gloucestershire fields (the background is inspired by a view from Cam Peak). Another key step in the production of this cow painting was the use of interactive acrylic paints from Chroma Inc. These acrylics are great as once dry they can be reactivated by spraying them water. This can be done repeatedly and allows the paint to be readily blended. At the time this was a revelation to me and now, some 6 years later, looking at the blending of deep blue on the group of cows on the right genuinely brings a smile to my face because it records a moment in time when I discovered a whole new level of artistic technique. (I should point out that Im very aware that blending paint is anything but new, but the ability to do so without long drying times or solvents was, to me at least, brand new at this time).

After these paintings I started carrying a camera with me often and whenever I saw a herd of cows in a field whilst on my travels I would park the car, hop a gate, climb a tree etc in order to get a few shots.


Below: 'You Again?!' Click here for the hires pic or to buy a print







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Cow painting: 'You Again?!'



How The Alexander Technique Can Help Artists

November 21st, 2015

How The Alexander Technique Can Help Artists



Fellow artist Helen White was kind enough to interview me a couple of yearsago. In the resulting article I briefly mentioned the Alexander Technique andhowI found ithelpful with my art. It occurred to me that this may be a little-known fact so I thought I'd expand on it here:



The Alexander Technique is a well-established way of becoming more self-aware so that we may begin to notice habits and patterns we were previously not aware of. Once we notice these things we can then begin to take gentle steps to make long-term change for the better. The Technique can have a profound effect on sporting ability, dramatic performance and chronic health problems. It's also a really cool thing to do if you're an artist, here are some reasons why:




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1) More Energy.

The more you study the Alexander Technique the more you are able to perform your day-to-day activities using less energy than you thought possible. This means you have more energy to direct elsewhere as you choose. This maymean creating bigger and better paintings, more artwork, or simply having more energy to devote to marketing and promoting your work.



2) Better Observation Skills.

Almost all artistic endeavours begin with an observation of some sort. As you become more tuned in to your own habitual patterns of posture, tension and movement you also become more aware of, and notice in greater detail, the idiosyncrasies and postural habits of others. This can be a huge help whendrawing portraits, life studies and / or caricatures for example.



3) Work More Fluidly.

When painting, I typically begin with loose, expressive brush strokes, this usually continues through the middle stages of blocking in etc butas the work approaches completion andI tackle thefine details the fear of spoiling what has gone before can creep in and this can lead to a loss of expressiveness and fluidity. Studying the Alexander Technique has allowedme to spot this undesireable response far earlier than normal and so nip it in the bud.

Here are a couple of examples of artwork where I feel I've maintained fluidity




Below: 'The Courage Of Youth'








Below: 'Elegance'







4) Better Accuracy.

If you've ever been, for example, to a life drawing class orpainted a still life, you've probably used masking tape or chalk to mark the position of your subject so that an elbow or orange doesn't wander into the wrong position. However it's less common, but just as important, for the artist to mark the position of their easel and where they are standing. It's alsolikely that few have considered that their point of view may change as the day goes on, in particular, if we gradually slump aswe tire. The Alexander Technique allows one to maintain poise throughout the day and thereby work from amore consistentpoint of view.




Below: A still life painting 'Wrong Field?'










5) It's Fun!.

The Alexander Technique is really good fun and a totally rewarding form of education which can lead to new artistic choices.


You can find out more about the Alexander Technique here.

Doddiscombsleigh Art Show 2015 - artist perspective

November 8th, 2015

Doddiscombsleigh Art Show 2015 - artist perspective

Giant giraffes gracefully looming, metallic hares boxing and children singing, it's the 2015 Doddiscombsleigh Art Show!




Above: Hand-embellished giclee prints on canvas ready for the show.


 Top row (L to R): Summer Light; A Moorland Meal; You Again?!; Guardians of the Valley.

Bottom row: Family Portrait; Who Are You?; The Courage of Youth; Come On, Keep Up.

Doddiscombsleigh is a small village in amongst the picturesque hills and winding hedge-lined lanes on the edge of Dartmoor in Devon, UK. Every two years an art show is held, exhibiting work by 80 artists (mostly, but not exclusively, from the Southwest of England), to raise funds for the local primary school. Typically, tens of thousands of pounds are raised during the 2 and a half days of the show.

This was my first year exhibiting at this show and I was really impressed by the range and quality of art work there. Even more impressive was the number of people in attendance. It is notoriously difficult to get large numbers to attend local art shows, especially at out-of-the-way locations, but somehow the 'Doddi' team achieved excellent attendance at their show and I'm talking 'shoulder-to-shoulder, excuse me, sorry, excuse me, can I just get through?, turn sideways, wiggle-your-hips-to-get-close-to-a-painting' levels of attendance! It may be the widespread publicising they do, it may be the quality and range of the art, it may be the fact the show raises money for the local school, it may be the fact this is a long-running (~16 years) show and something of a fixture on the local art calendar, it may be all those combined, but whatever it is, it's pretty cool to see up close!







Above: Standing room only at this very popular art show!






Above: Some of my work on display at the Doddiscombsleigh Art Show.


 Top Left: 'Storm's Coming'; Top Right: 'Out of the Stormy Sky'; Bottom Left: 'A Purple Patch'; Bottom Right: 'Strike A Pose!'





Speaking of seeing up close, I had to get up close and personal with the work of Brett Humphries at the show. I've seen many many paintings over the years but the acrylic painting technique on show here was amazing. I took my glasses off, stood about an inch from the wall and peered carefully at the painting from the side, I couldn't see a single brush stroke. (A friend of mine reported she had done the same thing). Beautifully crafted and composed still life and landscape paintings from this expert in brush work. Check his website here.



Above: You have to see this one in the flesh to believe the level of detail. Photo-realistic style from Brett Humphries, this is 'Polruan'






 Another highlight for me was Erica Sturla's work, packed with inventive ideas and charm, her painting / scultpure combos sit in deep, pristine white frames and provide the viewer with a window to a world that reflects our own but with the reflection having turned the charm, wit and fun dials to 11! Check out her work here.



Above: Step into a world of wonder with the work of Erica Sturla




Organisation of the show was really good, I felt really well informed during the entire process. Every step was clearly explained through detailed emails i.e. how to apply, requirements for originals and prints, delivery / collection arrangements etc. Teign Valley Community Hall in Christow is the current venue. The show was originally held in Doddiscombsleigh Primary School itself but outgrew that space some years ago. The current building that houses the exhibition is great, there is ample parking, plenty of space indoors and the team behind the show do an amazing job of transforming the bare hall into a beautiful and vibrant art show. Like many things in this neck of the woods, the venue is a little out of the way and if you don't have satnav or are unfamiliar with the area, finding the exhibition could provide you with a bit of an adventure, but you do get to travel through some of the most beautiful countryside in the world (IMHO :-)) and the excellent pub, The Nobody Inn is just a few minutes drive away, so you can reward yourself post-show with one of their delicious meals.


On the whole, the show was a totally positive experience for me and I'd happily exhibit again in a couple of years time given the opportunity. Check out some of the other work from the show (see below) 

















Sheep and Lamb Paintings and Drawings

November 4th, 2015

Here are some paintings and drawing of sheep and lambs from the Devon countryside that will all provide a cheery spring feel to any room.









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New Painting of a Belted Galloway Cow on the beach

November 4th, 2015

Here's a new painting of a belted galloway cow wandering towards a beach under a stormy sky, this one's called "This Way To The Beach".






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Doddiscombsleigh Art Show 2015

October 3rd, 2015

Doddiscombsleigh Art Show 2015

Raising funds for the local primary school,Doddiscombsleigh Art Show 2015 takes place at the end of October and features the work of approximately 80 artists from across the South West of England.I'm going to be showing a mix of original framed paintings and hand-embellished stretched-canvas prints at the Exhibition which takes place from Fri 30th October to Sun November 1st 2015 at the Teign Valley Community Hall, Christow (which is a few miles outside of Doddiscombsleigh).
Here's the first of the pictures I'll be exhibiting, a bright, colourful and expressive painting of sheep in a Devon field illuminated by the bright sun on a warm day, this is 'Summer Light'.




Work In Progress using Phthalo Blue Atelier Interactive Acrylics

August 2nd, 2015

Working on a painting of some black cows on Dartmoor I'm using Atelier Interactive Acrylic's Phthalo Blue. It's the first time I've used this particular blue and I really like how translucent it is.





Belted Galloway Cow Paintings

May 16th, 2015



I've been drawn to painting Belted Galloway cows again of late, and although a familiar subject for me, I've enjoyed experimenting with technique. This first picture is titled "Against The Fiery Sky" and depicts a single cow, painted in loose broad strokes, stood in profile while backlit by an orange sky created using interference acrylics. This gestural piece has an atmosphere that I like and, for now at least, I've decided to leave the details out, not even including eyes, as I feel the image has a sense of mystery. As with all the images on this blog, if you click on them, you can view a larger image of the painting, and if you click on this you can zoom in to see the detailed brush work.
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Next up is "This Way To The Beach". I often take walks along the Devon coast, including the beach at Exmouth. At times, the sky and light playing across the distant hills has a quite otherworldly quality that seemed in keeping with the unusual look of the Belted Galloway with it's single white stripe. Placing the animal at the edge of some terrain that defines the local area yet is alien to these animals makes for an interesting juxtaposition and the landscape is really a simplified abstraction, much more about mood and light, that also provides an interesting contrast with the more realistically-painted animal.
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Painting "Hidden By Stone Walls" I really enjoyed making use of the versatility of acrylic paint, the background paint being rendered using dilute washes in the way watercolours are traditionally used in contrast with the thicker, light-impasto-with-visible-brushstrokes used to create the foreground cows. These different applications of the paint, along with the background cow, help create a sense of depth and scale. The brushstrokes on the foreground cows also help create a sense of the hair on the animals' coats.
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"A Purple Patch" shows Belted Galloway cows on Dartmoor grazing amongst the purple heather and yellow gorse. The sky was painted using thin layers of paint, including interference colours to give some shimmery light. The distant hill was created by mixing the paint "in-brush" which is a quick way to create interesting blends. Having blocked in the foreground with thick acrylic, interactive acrylics were then used to paint the final layers and add texture.
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Finally, "Misty Moor" actually has a jet black Angus cow in the foreground, knee-deep in the gorse and ferns of a Dartmoor landscape. Off in the misty mid-distance are a group of Belties, while hazy distant hills complete the scene.
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Children Make The Best Art Critics

March 21st, 2015

One of the coolest things about the internet is being able to connect with an international audience. Check out this great email I got the other day :-)

'Hi there, I volunteer teaching art at a public school in Northern California. We are currently looking at Still Life of Fruit. I found your lovely, amazing and fun "Wrong Field" and have been using it is an example of Fruit Still Life. The students love this image! They had a few questions (6th graders especially). I told them I would try to get in touch with you. Questions are: 1. Is it a Giant's field of fruit that the sheep wondered into? 2. Is it a normal size sampling of fruit with a sheep toy? 3. Is it a distance perspective thing? Monumental fruit and sheep in the distance. 4. They are convinced something is happening behind the orange...and the sheep has a weird tail! There were many more comments, but overall the students love this piece and so do I. We were also looking at still life from Cezanne, Van Gogh, Chardin and Caravaggio. I used your art as an inspiration for them to create their own masterpiece. So, thank you for inspiring us and please let me know what your thoughts might have been when you painted "Wrong Field".'

Here's the painting "Wrong Field?"

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Work In Progress Parallel Processing

March 17th, 2015


Couple of quick shots of two of the paintings I have on the go at the moment.




Classic Rock and Roll Jive Dancers

March 9th, 2015

Here's a collection of cheery and brightly coloured paintings of classic 1950s jivers bopping the night away in vintage style with the girl wearing a poodle skirt and saddle shoes while the guys rocks the traditional teddy boy look. I've tried to convey a sense of movement and fun in all of these pictures which typically use a mix of acrylic and marker pen. Hope you enjoy! :-)
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Drawing and Painting Pairs

March 9th, 2015

Sometimes a drawing is a preparatory sketch for a painting and sometimes it's both preparation for a painting and an artistic statement in its own right. Here's a selection of paintings and the drawings that preceded them.
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'The Young One' above is a pencil drawing that inspired 'Courage of Youth' below. This is a nice example of how identical subject matter can be treated very differently. The drawing has quite carefully considered lines and cross hatching whereas the painting is more gestural and impulsive.
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The influence of the pencil sketch (above) of two sheep on a Devon cliff top can be clearly seen in the painting below 'Spring Sunshine'. The sheep on the left has a very distinctive look which I haven't seen before in paintings and this is, in part, why I decided to make this pair the subject of a painting.
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'Back To Mum' above partly inspired 'It's Sunny Here' below. The influence can be seen in the adult sheep, I think the pencil drawn animal has a stronger sense of emotion than the painted version but I am constantly drawn to the colour combinations and sense of light in the painting.





Doddiscombsleigh Art Show 2015

March 7th, 2015

I'm going to be exhibiting at the Doddiscombsleigh Art Show this autumn and very much looking forward to taking part in a group show for the first time in a while. The show raises funds for a local school and exhibits a wide range of artwork, primarily by artists from the south west of England. Check out their facebook page for the latest info.
The exhibition is still 8 months away but I've started working on new paintings already, here's a work in progress of a Devon lamb





Black Sheep Drawing

February 14th, 2015

Encountered a couple of black sheep in a field along the banks of the River Exe the other day which led to the mixed media drawing 'Fifty Shades Of Black' below. I've used a range of different tools here including pencil, ball-point pen, copic marker, watercolour pen and highlighter pen. The copic marker is running out of ink which gave some interesting and varied texture to the marks. At points I let the edges of these marks guide the more detailed line work with the biro. This is a fun reversal of the normal way of working where the colour is used to fill in the shapes defined by the lines (and I find it works equally well with cartoons).
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Electric Field Strength Physics Cartoon

February 7th, 2015

I've taught several Physics courses over the years, often to students who are working towards a Degree course. The leap from GCSE to A-Level can be daunting for some and, at the very least, there are a lot of new concepts and definitions to get to grips with. Sometimes, injecting some humour into proceedings by visualizing an idea in an unusual way can stimulate class discussions and help lodge facts in the long-term memory. So, here is a policeman (UK-style) and a charging rhino, helping to depict the definition of Electric Field Strength! :-)
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Belted Galloway Cows In Love

February 1st, 2015

Belted Galloway cows can be seen wandering the countryside of Devon, particularly on Dartmoor. They are an almost unbelievable site on first viewing with their designer white stripe around their midriffs and are living liquorice allsorts standing against the lush greens of the English countryside. I've painted these animals a few times over the years but decided to do a cartoon version recently, perhaps inspired by the imminence of Valentine's Day.

'Belted Galloways In Love!' is a cute cartoon of a bull and cow nuzzling up to each other (see below).

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This is drawn on bristol board which I love for its incredibly smooth surface. I started with some loose pencil lines and then blocked in colour with a blue highlighter pen. A mid grey copic marker was used to add the darker tones while a blue coloured pencil added a lighter layer. I then defined the lines with a black ball point pen and my favourite part of this picture is where I've followed the shape of the marker lines with the biro (see the chest and side of the cow on the right). You've probably already noticed the white stripe on the central pink heart to echo the white stripes on the cows. Less obvious are the little blue heart shapes on the edge of the white stripe on the right, just a little touch to echo the pink hearts elsewhere in the design.

Snooker Cartoon

February 1st, 2015

Here's a snooker cartoon I did recently using the same technique I posted the other week.
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Just One Brush

January 26th, 2015

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I painted 'The Golden Fleece' above using just one flat square brush and by using the corner, edge or angling the brush in different ways I was able to make a wide range of different marks and brush strokes. It was a really rewarding painting experience and a good reminder for me of how some of the best creative moments can occur when limitations are imposed on us, either by choice or not. Deliberately choosing a limited palette forces one to make bold decisions with colour, restricting the time to complete a painting makes for bolder strokes, and limiting oneself to the use of a single brush encourages a creative approach to mark making, plus it's really good fun!
The sheep and lamb painting above has combined both abstract and representational aspects and reminds me of some life studies I painted a few years ago under similar constraints. Practicing this style of working helps me reinforce the importance of simplifying form while allowing oneself the freedom to take risks with an uncontrolled flourish here and there.
And I really like how the lamb in the bottom right corner almost disappears into the painting :-)

Drawing and Painting Pairs Part 2

January 24th, 2015

Having recently posted a selection of drawing and painting pairs (preparatory drawings that work well in their own right and the paintings they inspired) I happened to come across another drawing in a portfolio the other day.

'Moorland Shadows' depicts two miniature Dartmoor ponies grazing in the setting sun and was inspired by a photo I took just before my wife and I had an almost-too-close encounter with these horses (they like to nip!).

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And Moorland Shadows led to 'A Moorland Meal' that you can see below!

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Three Little Piggies

January 16th, 2015

'On The Move'
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'Oh I Say!'
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'Ready To Chomp'
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Farm Animal Fun

January 13th, 2015

'Farm Animal Fun' is a cartoon painting of farm animals painted for my 2 year old nephew. Cows and tractors are big favourites of his at the moment, in part because there is a herd of cows in the field next to my sister's garden. Anyway, I started out with a few line drawings of different animals as shown below:
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I also came across this cartoon bee from a couple of years ago that I thought would sit nicely in a corner somewhere
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And here's the finished painting,
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It's about 20"x30" on canvas, the butterfly and bee wings are painted with interference acrylics to give them an iridescent finish, plenty of colourful cows huddled in the corner, notice one cow has snaffled a candy cane and is munching away, the pigs are looking happy at the completely unhealthy (well apart from the apples) feast in front of them, while the lambs they are a leaping. I actually drew the feathers on the chicken with watercolour marker and then painted over these with acrylic, this caused the lines to blur a little, but I like the effect so I've left it as is (the idea is similar to another technique I've used recently). Finally there's a bright red tractor on the hill! Hopefully it will be well received! :-)

Paintings For A Shepherds Cottage

January 10th, 2015

Near the South Downs, is a shepherd's cottage made of stone, with a living room painted white, combined with earthy tones,
In the fire place a wood burner and to the side, logs piled high, through a small white-framed window, you can see the bright blue sky,
Across the ceiling, bare wood beams, see them you are able, and by the fire sit heavy books, upon a low low table,
So take a seat in a wooden chair, or on the plush settee, now look at walls, for now so bare, what paintings would you like to see?

Relax and ponder, thoughts a wander, let your mind release, for a vintage touch, choose 'The Grazing Goose' and feel a sense of peace,

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But that fire is bright, with orange and red, another idea pops quickly into your head,
The flames a flicker like a 'Sun Storm', the bare brickwork, colours matched, all earthy and warm.

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Antique chairs of varnished wood, eat a delicious meal right now you could,
View 'Shelter Me' and the windswept moor, your feet at rest on terracotta floor,
Reminded you are, of days of chill, and yet you feel warm as you have your fill,

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Now for a delicious dessert, another helping is your goal
'Baby Blue', chestnut brown, expressively painted, it's a foal,

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Or to match flowers and apples with colours bright, a touch of the surreal, like you might,
In 'The Wrong Field' is that fruit big, or is the sheep small? You take something else from the bowl as you ponder it all.


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Now the bedroom doth beckon as draws in the night, so you take in a view of hedgerows bright, 'Nodding Bells' depicts many a petal, it's vibrant yet restful, as on the bed you settle.

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Embroidered cushions, pristine sheets all fresh and clean, your eyes alight upon a country scene,
'Spring Sunshine' depicts rolling hills and three Devon sheep, something to dream of as you drift off to sleep.

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This post was inspired by the article 'West Sussex Cottage' in Country Homes & Interiors magazine. If you would like more information regarding my work, please feel free to contact me via facebook or email info@mikejory.co.uk

Reasons Why Large Old Frayed Paint Brushes Rule

January 5th, 2015

The brush used to paint the living room walls is now severely frayed, it's had a rough life, been neglected and become distorted, has been cleaned less thoroughly than it should of and yet still it holds pride of place in my brush pot next to the sleek sables, hefty hog hairs and streamlined synthetics! Why? Because this beaten up, paint-splattered, divergent-bristled old friend is one of the most expressive painting implements I have. Covering a large area of canvas with a single colour is now far more interesting due to the undulating tones created by this brush, check out the background of 'Ready, Steady...' below
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This brush is the perfect implement for expressive and care-free brush work. This cow painting 'The Luminary' was mostly painted with this very frayed, 1 inch brush. The tattered state of the bristles means that mark-making takes on a quality that can be both precise and uncontrolled at the same time i.e. although the area covered or the line drawn may be clearly defined there is a delightful randomness of marks within and / or at the edges, and this is something that can bring a new level of interest to a painting.
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So remember, respect the elder statesmen of your brush pot, they have fought many a battle, picked up a few scars, but what they have lost in youthful beauty they have more than made up for in strength of character and unpredictable behaviour! :-) Here are a couple of other pics that have benefited from the frayed brush treatment.

'Fox!' (below)
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'Time For A Nap' (below)
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Pictures For A Contemporary Family Home In A Woodland Clearing

January 4th, 2015

You've just moved into your beautiful new home and you are surrounded by lush woodland, the sun shines through the windows, leaving a dappled leafy pattern on your bare walls...wait, bare walls!? You need to bring a little woodland life into your living space! Here's a selection of drawings particularly well suited to a contemporary woodland home.
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Felt Tip Pens and Bleeding Biros

January 3rd, 2015

I've enjoyed using this technique of late, first I do a line drawing using a biro (ball point pen), I prefer blue ink but any color would work, then I use a light grey Copic felt marker to do some shading. When you go over the pen lines with the marker the ink bleeds slightly which means you can shade in both grey and blue/grey with the one marker. The bleeding can also lead to some interesting blurring effects and these 'happy accidents' sometimes add a sense of movement to the drawing. I tend to use a marker that's running out of ink when I do this because you can get a wider range of tones by applying different pressures, plus you don't wreck the nib of a brand new marker! The effects are quite subtle but it's a fun way to enhance a line drawing.
Here are a couple of examples where I've used this technique, it's probably worth clicking on the thumbnails and then clicking again on the image to get the magnified version in order to see the effect properly.
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Reasons To Love Dry Brush Painting

December 31st, 2014

'Dry Brush' is a painting technique where very little paint is applied to the brush and the brush is then wiped on a cloth and / or scumbled over a spare piece of paper until there is almost no paint left on the bristles. Having created an almost dry brush, this is then dragged, tapped, swept or pressed across or on the artwork to create a range of effects. The amount of paint you leave on the canvas is proportional to how hard you press. I love using this technique because it creates effects that are somewhat unpredictable and could never be deliberately drawn. You can also build up layers to create deeper tones, or put one colour on top of another to optically mix different hues. When using this method with acrylic, almost no drying time is needed so you can work really quickly and often the results have the feel and appearance of using pastels, charcoal or pencil. Because of the minimal paint load, you can also use thin or absorbent papers that under normal circumstances (wetter or simply more paint) would severely buckle.
The method is also ideally suited to underpainting, giving a sense of movement or combining with other media such as marker pen, biro, pencil or simply 'thicker paint'.
Here are a few examples:

"Taking The Air II" (below)

This is a mixed media painting of two wild horses roaming free on Dartmoor in Devon, England. Here you can see how many different effects and tones can be achieved with essentially the same grey. Once I'd blocked in the main shapes and allowed them to dry, I was then able to work into them with biro (for the foliage) and Sharpie (for the horses). The distant hills are painted in blue and left without line to create a sense of distance and to provide just a hint of colour to the image.

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"In The Winter Sun" (below)

This sheep with lambs drawing incorporates a very simple use of the dry brush technique. Here regions of grey have been put down as a simple first indication of where to place the animals. These have then been drawn over with felt pen. Although the dry brush is minimal, it lends a sense of weight to the animals and provides some atmosphere with the hint of distant trees in the background.

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"Overlooked" (below)

This is a good example of how dry brush can simulate the appearance of pastel, particularly with the blue of the dress. The paint being dragged across the paper in much the same way as a side-on pastel stick is used to shade in areas. Here, the line work is also done with a brush but in the conventional way. The over-laying of thicker white paint to create the hair provides a nice textural contrast and demonstrates how the illusion of different surface textures can be created.

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"Day Dreaming" (below)

Back to monochrome for this study of a young woman pensively resting her head on her hands. Guiding the brush in the same direction as the surface contours of the object depicted is a useful way of conveying form as shown here on the arms and hair.

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More Cat Cartoons

December 24th, 2014

Here are the rest of the collection of cat cartoons that were mentioned in my previous post.
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Cat Cartoons, Computers and Happy Accidents

December 22nd, 2014

If you read articles on painting or drawing you'll often come across the phrase 'happy accident' to describe the wonderful effects than can sometimes (though alas, usually quite rarely) occur by mistake. I think the phrase is probably most often used in reference to watercolour painting where the intermingling of different washes is naturally unpredictable.

Anyway, the other day I came across a few old envelopes, these are the sort of envelope that official things like bills arrive in and the idea of taking something that usually contains an item that doesn't sit within my 'top ten things I'd like to receive in the mail today' and using it to created something more positive took my fancy...yes that's a very elaborate way to say 'I decided to start drawing on the back of an envelope!' :-)

Doodling on an old envelope is, I'm guessing, as old as envelopes themselves, but for whatever reason I decided to draw on the inside surface of the paper which (in the UK at least) has a light blue octagonal pattern on it. I grabbed a black gel pen and started drawing a cartoon image inspired by our pet cat Limelight who likes nothing better than joining us in bed and settling down in 'duvet valley' (known more commonly in the States as 'Quilt Canyon'!). The funniest part of this is that Limelight likes to check out potential landing spots before taking a leap onto the bed so this pair of lime green eyes appear, peeking over the edge of the bed, surveying the luxurious land above. So, I ended up creating the drawing below.



As you can see, the drawing is on the blue octagonal background mentioned before. I was happy with the image and liked the unusual effect the inside of the envelope provided. So, I did three more cartoons, all Limelight-inspired, and then scanned them into the computer. I don't normally modify images of my drawings and paintings on the computer beyond making slight adjustments to contrast etc but I was curious to compare the look of the lines on the blue background to their appearance on traditional white. I selected the 'paint bucket' tool and clicked on the duvet in the drawing intending to flood-fill everything (except my black lines) with pure white. Instead, a 'happy accident' happened as the program only selected parts of the drawing upon my first click (see below). What's cool is that the there is now more depth to the simple line drawing as the blue appears to recede from the stark white of the duvet, and even better, random petals on the floral pattern remain coloured in. Of course, I could have continued selecting areas to turn the background completely white but I really like the effect and the random way in which it occured.

Anyway, the finished drawing is called 'Is There Room For Me?' :-)




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Top Five Best Selling Paintings Of 2014

December 19th, 2014

As the year draws to a close, thought I'd take a quick look to see which paintings were the most popular this year. So here is a top five countdown of the five best selling paintings of 2014 (except there are actually six!)

In joint fifth place we have 'You Again?!' a painting inspired by a group of Cotswold cows in a field near Cam Peak in Gloucestershire. This picture uses Atelier interactive acrylics which made the blending of the blue on the cows really good fun. The original, which sold to an art collector in Plymouth, is 40" by 30" and now hangs in a house on the site of an old Cornish dairy, quite appropriate!
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Sharing place number five is "Ready Steady..." a painting of a new born lamb being steadied by its mother as it takes those first tentative steps. Inspired by a visit to Bicton College near Exmouth during their annual open day 'Lambing Sunday'. The yellow ochre and rust red hues used for the background and straw give this work a really warm feel and make it perfectly suited to the walls of a country retreat.
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In at four, a cow on Dartmoor! 'The White Stripe' is a belted galloway cow grazing on the high moorland of Devon's major national park. The unusual and striking appearance of these cows sits perfectly in the almost alien landscape and light of Dartmoor. (The area was used by Steven Spielberg as a filming location for the movie 'War Horse'). The original painting sold to an art collector in Pennsylvania, USA.
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Into the top three now, we have 'Come On, Keep Up' with a peaceful summer day in Devon basking a herd of wandering cows in warm light as a young calf looks back to see if its companions are staying with the pace. My favourite parts of this painting are the depiction of the calf and the loose brushstrokes used on the foreground flowers.
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'Courage Of Youth' is the second best-selling painting of the year. Since painting this bold young cow that I happened upon near Silverton in Devon many people have commented on the unusual colours used and I think it's the bold contrasts and simplicity of line that make this an appealing image. For me, creating a high impact work in the most efficient way possible i.e. using the minimum number of brush strokes is one of the greatest joys in painting.

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Finally, the number one best-selling painting of 2014 is 'Summer Light', a bright and vibrant depiction of some sheep on a hot June day in a field next to the road that leads to Exmouth. The funny thing with this work is that I almost didn't finish it. A few years ago I was preparing for a large one-man show at the University of Exeter and while searching through a portfolio for extra paintings and drawings I happened upon this picture, which at that time was only half finished. The painting had been sat in the portfolio un-viewed for several months, but upon rediscovering it I decided it had potential, finished the painting that day and included it in the exhibition. The original sold rapidly and 'Summer Light' has remained a strong influence in my paintings of sheep that have followed.

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Warm Up This Winter With A Painting Of Summer

December 14th, 2014

If the cold and frost are making you long for long days and warm to the idea of warmer weather then why not re-visit summers gone and anticipate summers to come with one of these three?

"Summer Haze"
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"Come On, Keep Up!" (Detail)
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"Wrong Field?" (Detail)
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British wild flowers paintings create vibrant floral patterned throw pillows

December 13th, 2014

Whether you prefer to 'throw pillows' or 'scatter cushions' you can do so with a range of sizes and designs. Here are some floral patterns inspired by the wild flowers of the English countryside. See the full collection here.









Paintings with a warm and earthy, yellow ochre colour scheme

December 7th, 2014

Bring some warmth into a room with one of these paintings painted in an earthen colour scheme using yellow ochre as the main hue.

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Paintings of Black Cows

December 6th, 2014

Whether lying among the heather and gorse on Dartmoor or roaming in the fields, black cows make for a stark contrast with the lush green Devon countryside. For me, painting 'black' is all about using anything but black, and you'll see that in fact these cows are painted in shades of blue, red, orange and brown...among others!
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Farm Animal Drawings

November 22nd, 2014

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Big North East Ponds Dip

May 20th, 2014

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North East Biodiversity are using one of my images from a project I did a few years ago for the Big North East Ponds Dip

Victoria and Albert Museum

May 18th, 2014

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Saw some amazing sculptures at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London recently!
























Sheep Sketches

January 26th, 2014

Sheep Sketches

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Goose Painting

November 24th, 2013

Goose Painting

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Origaudio Headphones

November 2nd, 2013

Origaudio Headphones

About ten years ago I designed a logo for BMX rider Lee Musselwhite and it's cool to see that Lee is still riding and still using the logo for his company Inspire Promotions. The logo has also recently appeared on the Lee Musselwhite model of Origaudio's headphones.


Dartmoor Pony

November 2nd, 2013

Dartmoor Pony

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Country Homes and Interiors Magazine

October 9th, 2013

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A couple of my horse paintings appear in this month's Country Homes & Interiors magazine, thanks to Carol Wortley Bishop http://carolwortleybishop.co.uk/ for arranging this.

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Paintings on show at Exeter Gallery UK

September 7th, 2013

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Paintings on show at BizzyBe Gallery in Exeter


Bear Cub Drawing

May 6th, 2013

Bear Cub Drawing

'This is my spot' - pencil and pen drawing of a grizzly bear cub sitting in long grass





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Deer Pencil Drawing

May 3rd, 2013

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"Over There" - pencil drawing of 2 deer





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Stag Painting

May 2nd, 2013

Stag Painting

"Dry Brush" - painting using the dry brush technique of a stag with large antlers grazing on some dry brush!



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Lamb drawing

May 1st, 2013

Lamb drawing

'Lamb' - drawing of a lamb's head using pencil on bristol board





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Grizzly bear and cub drawing

April 30th, 2013

Grizzly bear and cub drawing

'A moment of calm' - drawing of a grizzly bear and cub using pencil on bristol board.





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Wembury beach painting

April 29th, 2013

Wembury beach painting

'Wembury Blue' - this acrylic painting was inspired by the view looking east from the rock pools of Wembury Beach on the south coast of Devon near Plymouth on a bright sunny day!

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 The beach is well worth a trip for scenic walks, soaking up the sun of whiling away the hours exploring the hundreds of rock pools. The painting above is also available as a high quality fine art print and on a range of greetings cards.

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Deer Drawings

April 26th, 2013

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A couple more deer drawings...



 'Look at that'



 

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 'I'm about to...'



 

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Piglet Sketch

April 25th, 2013

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'Oh I say' - mixed media drawing of a piglet looking a little haughty







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Sheep with horns sketch

April 24th, 2013

Sheep with horns sketch

"What did you say?" - pencil drawing of 2 sheep with horns.





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Deer Drawing

April 22nd, 2013

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'Listening' - pencil sketch of a young deer, pausing to listen ...



 

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Flock of Sheep Drawing

April 19th, 2013

Flock of Sheep Drawing

"Huddle Up"





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Pig Sketch

April 18th, 2013

Pig Sketch

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'Walking in the Sun' - pencil sketch of a pig walking along casting a shadow

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April 17th, 2013

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April 17th, 2013

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'Always Ready' - pencil sketch of a young deer

Cow Drawings

April 11th, 2013

'Are You Looking At Me?'

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 "Are you looking at me?" - A monochrome pencil and ink drawing of a cow greeting a visitor to the field with a quizzical look.

Tree Sketch

April 9th, 2013

Tree Sketch

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Sheep Drawing Business Cards

April 2nd, 2013

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Sketch Three Deer

March 26th, 2013

Sketch Three Deer

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Herd of Deer Drawing

March 21st, 2013

Herd of Deer Drawing

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Deer Drawing

March 15th, 2013

Deer Drawing

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March 14th, 2013

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Cow Painting

March 14th, 2013

Cow Painting

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Stag with antlers drawing

March 13th, 2013

Stag with antlers drawing

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Deer Drawing

March 12th, 2013

Deer Drawing

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Ostrich Business Cards

March 5th, 2013

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Cow Sleeping Pencil Sketch

March 5th, 2013

Cow Sleeping Pencil Sketch

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Black cow pencil drawing

February 28th, 2013

Black cow pencil drawing

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Cows approaching pencil drawing

February 27th, 2013

Cows approaching pencil drawing

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Pig farmer business cards

February 26th, 2013


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Doe deer lying down sketch

February 26th, 2013

Doe deer lying down sketch

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Flock of sheep sketch

February 20th, 2013

Flock of sheep sketch

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Sheep Sketch

February 19th, 2013

Sheep Sketch

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Pig Walking

February 18th, 2013

Pig Walking

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Sheep with horns drawing

February 14th, 2013

Sheep with horns drawing

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Sheep Sketch

February 13th, 2013

Sheep Sketch

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Squirrel drawing

February 12th, 2013

Squirrel drawing

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Cow drawing

February 12th, 2013

Cow drawing

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Painting used as book cover

February 1st, 2013

Painting used as book cover












Redbubble art used as book cover





UK-based painter Mike Jory has had one of his images published as a book cover thanks to promoting his art on the website RedBubble. Based in Australia, Redbubble provides artists from all over the world with a way to exhibit their work on the internet and thereby expand their audience. Artists can also sell their designs on a range of products including high-quality fine art prints.


A few months ago, USA-based publishing company Dufour Editions were seeking a cover image for their soon-to-be published book 'Bluebeard's Goat and Other Stories' by H.L. Mencken  and came across Mike's painting 'Strike a Pose' on the Redbubble website. Painted using acrylics the image depicts a white goat looking back over its shoulder at the viewer and was inspired by some goats in Somerset in England.


Dufour Editions contacted Mike to obtain permission to use the image and the book, which is available through Barnes and Noble in the USA and on Amazon, has now been published complete with white goat!










Artist Mike Jory pictured with the book 'Bluebeard's Goat and Other Stories' along with his painting 'Strike A Pose' which has been used as the cover illustration.


Rhinoceros Head Drawing

January 31st, 2013

Rhinoceros Head Drawing

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African Deer Drawing

January 31st, 2013

African Deer Drawing

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Sheep Sketch

January 30th, 2013

Sheep Sketch

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Cow Painting

January 27th, 2013

Cow Painting

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Young Ostrich Drawing

January 23rd, 2013

Young Ostrich Drawing

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White Goat Painting used for book cover

November 11th, 2012

White Goat Painting used for book cover

My white goat painting "Strike a Pose" is going to be used by Dufour as the cover illustration for 'Bluebeard's Goat and Other Stories' by H.L. Mencken which will be released early next year (2013).





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Belted Galloway Cow Van Graphic for Manor Farm Surrey

August 24th, 2012

Belted Galloway Cow Van Graphic for Manor Farm Surrey

I've recently been doing some graphic design work for Manor Farm in Surrey and you may spot this black and white cow logo on their van if your driving in that locale!


Belted Galloway Cow Thumbnail Pencil Sketches

August 24th, 2012

Belted Galloway Cow Thumbnail Pencil Sketches

Manor Farm Surrey: quick sketches of belted galloway cattle in preparation for a painting


































Sheep Painting

August 17th, 2012

Sheep Painting

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New Painting of Sheep

July 5th, 2012

New Painting of Sheep

Sheep standing in the spring sunshine painting "Spring Sunshine" - inspired by sheep from the cliff tops of South Devon near Branscombe, Devon in England.


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Interview on UK Handmade

July 4th, 2012

Interview on UK Handmade

A big thank you to Helen White who recently interviewed me for UK Handmade.




Raising funds for charity Migraine Action Art Exhibition Starts Today

May 1st, 2012

Raising funds for charity Migraine Action Art Exhibition Starts Today

The Migraine Action Art Exhibition starts today! Check out the show at http://www.mikejory.co.uk




Cows by the River part 2 New painting on the way for the Migraine Action Art Exhibition

April 24th, 2012

Cows by the River part 2 New painting on the way for the Migraine Action Art Exhibition

Here are the next couple of stages in the cows by the river painting that I first posted about a few days ago.









Just blocking in color mainly at the moment and also including some multi colored darks in the foreground which will act as shadows in the hedgerow...

Cows by the River part 2 New painting on the way for the Migraine Action Art Exhibition

April 24th, 2012

Cows by the River part 2 New painting on the way for the Migraine Action Art Exhibition

Here are the next couple of stages in the cows by the river painting that I first posted about a few days ago.









Just blocking in color mainly at the moment and also including some multi colored darks in the foreground which will act as shadows in the hedgerow...

Quick Sheep and Lamb Sketch

April 10th, 2012

Quick Sheep and Lamb Sketch




Quick thumbnail pencil sketch of a sheep and lamb grazing, just trying out some different ideas

Commission a Portrait Painting and raise funds for Migraine Action

April 5th, 2012

Commission a Portrait Painting and raise funds for Migraine Action




If animal and landscape painting isn't your thing then perhaps commissioning a portrait painting would appeal? During May and June 2012 I will donate a percentage of any portrait commissions received to Migraine Action as part of the Migraine Action Art Exhibition.

Sheep sketch with experimental colors

April 4th, 2012

Sheep sketch with experimental colors




Quick color experiment: drawing of a sheep using mixed media, pencil, color pencils, copic markers and biro / ball point pen. Using multiple layers of different media often produces unusual color / lighting effects and I'm currently working on different ideas in preparation for the Migraine Action Art Exhibition.

Cows by the River and Double Rainbows New painting on the way for the Migraine Action Art Exhibition

March 30th, 2012

Cows by the River and Double Rainbows New painting on the way for the Migraine Action Art Exhibition



A trip to Stoke Canon near Exeter led to seeing these cows grazing near the river, a quick sketch of the scene (above)





The pic above shows the layout transferred to canvas (this is a 40" x 50" so a really generous size and great fun to work on). I've actually added some interference acrylic as well which will give a hint of iridescence in the finished work. You can see the effect in the pic below which shows the same canvas under different lighting conditions. This is a technique I've explored before in illustration but only recently adapted to landscape and animal painting.





Quick interlude! The next 2 pics have nothing to do with the painting but I couldn't resist including a couple of shots of this double rainbow! :-)








Back to the painting, here I've added in the outlines of 3 cows...




I'm hoping to include this painting in the Migraine Action Art Exhibition if I can get it finished in time...we'll see how it goes over the next few weeks...

The Migraine Action Art exhibition

March 18th, 2012

The Migraine Action Art exhibition




From May 30th to June 1st 2012 I will be holding an online exhibition of paintings to help raise funds for Migraine Action.

You can find out more here and there will be more info on the way soon!

Christmas Print Show at Gloss Gallery in Exeter Devon Friday 2nd December to Saturday 28th January

December 17th, 2011

Christmas Print Show at Gloss Gallery in Exeter Devon Friday 2nd December to Saturday 28th January

Christmas Print Show at Gloss Gallery in Exeter, Devon Friday 2nd December to Saturday 28th January




If you're in Exeter City Centre over the next few weeks why not take the 1 minute walk to the beautiful Gloss Gallery which exhibits a wide range of work by local and national artists alike. Whether you want to spend tens of thousands of pounds on an original painting or buy more affordable work by emerging artists then Gloss has got you covered.

One of their current shows is the Christmas Print Show which runs from Friday 2nd December to Saturday 28th January. There is a wide range of work and media including some of my hand-embellished giclee animal prints, glass ware by Will Shakspeare and work by Paula Youens, Simon Ripley, Cathy King, Simon Uden, Sally Hebeler, Emma Molony & Catherine Cartwright from the Double Elephant Print Workshop.

The Christmas Print Show is the perfect place to purchase a unique Christmas gift!





Above: Glassware by Will Shakspeare





Photos below: Prints from Artists from the Double Elephant Print Workshop currently showing at Gloss.









2012 Calendars featuring a range of cow, sheep, horse and landscape paintings now available

October 24th, 2011

2012 Calendars featuring a range of cow, sheep, horse and landscape paintings now available

2012 Calendars featuring a range of cow, sheep, horse and landscape paintings are now available. The perfect gift for Christmas! :-)

Cow Sheep and Horse Paintings 2012 calendar calendar
Cow Sheep and Horse Paintings 2012 calendar by mike_jory
Browse Cow Calendars

Martin Bentham exhibition now showing at The Art Room in Topsham

October 14th, 2011

Martin Bentham exhibition now showing at The Art Room in Topsham

Established oil painter Martin Bentham has a range of work on show at The Art Room in Topsham until 6th November. Animals, people, landscapes, trees, walls and plants are all depicted in his distinctive style of oil painting that almost carves form into the paint and then includes delicate details on top.










Death and The Maiden by Robert Lenkiewicz at Torre Abbey Devon UK

September 16th, 2011

Death and The Maiden by Robert Lenkiewicz at Torre Abbey Devon UK


Lenkiewicz Death and the Maiden


Above: one of the Lenkiewicz paintings currently showing at Torre Abbey



I went to the Robert Lenkiewicz exhibition at Torre Abbey a few weeks ago and with only a couple of weeks left (the exhibition ends on 2nd October 2011) I thought I would write a few lines about it.
First of all, if you like art, you should go! Plymouth-based artist Lenkiewicz was famous and infamous for his art, unusual life-style, major projects, book collection and headline-grabbing activities (perhaps the two most well-known being his faking his own death and the possession and preservation of  the corpse of his long-time friend and model "Diogenes" (whose embalmed corpse is on display at the exhibition)).
There are several examples of Lenkiewicz's exquisitely precise and vibrantly colored paintings on show, but even if his artistic endeavours are not your thing (I've heard his work described - I feel unfairly - by fellow artists as either "chocolate boxy" or "bloody awful") you should check out this exhibition for the insight into his working process that is provided by the less-often exhibited sketch books and watercolor paintings.
In addition, the Abbey has stunning paintings from many artists of different eras on permanent display that are well worth a look too.
You can find out more about Robert Lenkiewicz at theLenkiewicz Foundation Website

Painting Landscapes and Animals with Interference Acrylics New article on Squidoo

September 14th, 2011

Painting Landscapes and Animals with Interference Acrylics New article on Squidoo

As a follow-up to one of my previous articles on interference acrylics, I've just published another lens, this time on 'Painting Landscapes & Animals with Interference Acrylics' which you can check out here. The article describes the step by step creation of 'Heather Bed' and some of the iridescent effects than can be achieved.
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Finished Painting The Defenders

September 7th, 2011

Finished Painting            The Defenders

Here's the finished painting "The Defenders". The main developments are increasing the size of the head on the right hand bull, adding details to all three of the herd and painting in some grass and flowers in the pasture foreground. The title comes from the both the stance of the herd, the tribal mask-like appearance of the left hand animal along with the inclusion of the blue on the right hand bull which I think looks a little like war paint.



Continuing with the new painting

September 4th, 2011

Continuing with the new painting

Here are the next few stages of the new painting. Added another layer of paint to the center and right hand cow, the latter has also had its head enlarged from before









The pic below shows some texture added to the sky and grass, more definition on the cows, the right hand bovine head being enlarged a little more and some hills and trees indicated in the background.







In the 3rd photo, the sky has been blended and some clouds added. This was accomplished with interactive acrylic: The paint was applied and kept moist by spraying with water to allow the blue sky to be readily blended. Once fully dry the clouds were painted on and immediately sprayed with water and allowed to run a little to give a wispy effect. All three bulls have had their horns added and become more defined and some splashes of blue have been included on the right hand animal.





First few brush strokes new painting on the way

August 29th, 2011

First few brush strokes new painting on the way

Following on from the preliminary sketches posted recently, here are the first few brush strokes, laying out the position of the cows in blue acrylic.




Second stage, blocking in the cows, also moved all but the left hand one over to the right a little




And now blocking in the grass and sky




You may notice some iridescence from the canvas in the photos which is due to the canvas being painted with interference acrylic.





Preliminary sketches new painting on the way

August 26th, 2011

Preliminary sketches new painting on the way



Just starting work towards a new animal painting and here is a series of thumbnail sketches in biro to work out the composition. First pic above, quite like the arrangement of the group of 4 cows but the one on the right isn't adding too much.
Sketch 2, below, is looking more balanced but perhaps a bit crowded and the middle trio are all on a straight line.






No 3 below, slightly better arrangement



No 4, simplify things by reducing the herd to 3 cows and add some landscape in the background





sketch 5, prefer the staggered positions /distances here


Number 6: Think this is it, just 3 cows some landscape visible thro the gaps and I like the arrangement of the bovines.












Changing Weather Iridescent painting of cows lying down on Dartmoor

August 13th, 2011

Changing Weather Iridescent painting of cows lying down on Dartmoor

Here's the finished painting (as posted last time) viewed under normal lighting conditions. Notice that the sun seems to be shining on the distant hills on the left.



In the next picture (below) the the painting is viewed from a different angle and the distant hills are now duller as if the weather has changed to cloudy conditions. This effect is a direct result of the interference acrylics that were used on the hills.



The photo below shows the painting under dimmer lighting conditions. Even though the sky and background hills were over-painted with interference blue these particular lighting conditions result in the complementary interference color showing up, in this case (interference blue painted over these particular colors) the result is a coppery / reddish brown. This gives the effect of "sunshine and showers" over the distant hills i.e. it is as if the sun is shining as the rain streams down over the hills (weather conditions commonly seen on Dartmoor the setting of the painting).



In the fourth photo shown below, the painting is shown again, but this time in even lower lighting conditions. The sky and distant hills have now taken on a misty, luminous appearance while some of the interference blue is starting to glow thereby illuminating the foreground cow.




The picture below shows the effects obtained by viewing the painting in very low lighting conditions. Now the hills are nearly consumed by the luminous blue while parts of the foreground heather are also illuminated giving an eery night-time feel to the image.







Finally here's the painting once again shown under normal lighting conditions. The combination of 3 types of acrylic i.e. conventional under-painting that is then over-painted with alternating layers of interactive and interference acrylics allows subtle, changeable iridescent effects to be produced. These can either be well controlled and quite deliberate (e.g. the sky and distant hills) or more random and left to chance (e.g. the changing color of the cow and heather in the foreground). I plan on experimenting further with this technique in future work.








Finished Painting of cows lying down on Dartmoor

August 12th, 2011

Finished Painting of cows lying down on Dartmoor



Here's a quick photo of the finished painting, I'll post more soon on the iridescent effects due to the use of interference acrylic. In the meantime I need to think of a title, any suggestions welcome!

Step 4 of a new painting of cows lying down on Dartmoor

August 10th, 2011

Step 4 of a new painting of cows lying down on Dartmoor



Here's step 4, just a couple of modifications for today, the distant cow on the right is starting to take shape and more detail has been added to the foreground foliage, plenty of magenta for the heather and cadmium yellow for the gorse flowers.

Step 3 of New Painting on the way Cows lying down on Dartmoor

August 9th, 2011

Step 3 of New Painting on the way  Cows lying down on Dartmoor








Here are the next couple of stages of the paintings. Above you can see that the cows are still in their metallic blue phase but some modifications have been made to the background hills. The right and left hand thirds of the hill-scape have been coated in a thin layer of interference blue while the middle section is now coated in interference yellow (the latter being created by mixing some cadmium yellow with some pearlescent tinting medium).

Once dry the trees and hedgerows were added in a loose style.

In the second pic (below) I've started to "knock back" the shimmer from the interference blue on the cows by over-painting the cows with interactive acrylic.


When applying the paint at this stage I'm just painting as I would normally, regardless of the fact there is interference acrylic beneath. When the painting is finished I want any interference blue that shows through to be serendipitous in nature and not look "planned".


At this stage I also notice that the cow on the right is somewhat out of shape and resembling one of those creatures Anakin rode in Attack of the Clones. Some bovine surgery will be required very soon!







Step 2 of New Painting on the way Cows lying down on Dartmoor

August 8th, 2011

Step 2 of New Painting on the way  Cows lying down on Dartmoor



Following on from yesterday's blog entry here's the next step of the process. The plan with this work is to alternate layers of acrylic with layers of interference color. In this photo you can see that the cows have now been over-painted with interference blue as has the sky and distant hills. The moorland in the mid and foreground has been painted with interference copper & violet, respectively. Although it appears that most of the previous layer has been obliterated there is actually a mixture of areas where only the metallic colour shows and areas where some of the under painting is showing through
As the painting progresses the intention is to make the layers of interference color progressively more transparent...but we'll see how it goes!

New Painting on the way Cows lying down on Dartmoor

August 7th, 2011

New Painting on the way  Cows lying down on Dartmoor




Here are the beginnings of a new painting, some Dexter cattle lying down among the heather and gorse of Dartmoor. I've enjoyed painting these cows before, their dark hides lend themselves to the inclusion of plenty of blue where the light catches them. They also contrast well with the magenta, green and yellow of the surrounding flora.
My previous paintings "Time For A Nap" and "A Lunch Interrupted" were both small (24"x8") but this time I wanted to work on a larger scale and this canvas, being about 30"x40", is for me near perfect in size as it allows me to use a reasonably large brush and not get caught up in the annoyances of fiddly intricate bits!
This new painting (if it proves successful)also marks the start of what I hope will be the next stage in the development of my artistic technique. I'm combining my normal combination of conventional and interactive acrylics with the iridescent effects that can be achieved with interference acrylics.
The landscape and cows were all painted with a layer of interference acrylic before over painting with acrylic and I'll expand more on the planned technique when I post the next stage.

Sketchbook Lamb Sketch Taking A Bow

June 13th, 2011

Sketchbook Lamb Sketch      Taking A Bow




'Taking A Bow' the latest cute lamb sketch

Highly Commended in Patchings Exhibition 2011

June 9th, 2011

Highly Commended in Patchings Exhibition 2011

My painting 'You Again' has just won a "Highly Commended" in the Professional category of the Patchings Exhibition 2011. It is now eligible for the People's Choice Award, so if you have a moment or two please feel free to visit the Patchings Website and vote for me! (or indeed any of the work by other artists that you like :-))




Sketchbook Lamb Sketch

June 6th, 2011

Sketchbook Lamb Sketch

Another lamb sketch, once again, pencil, blue pencil and biro :-)



Sketchbook Lamb and Sheep Sketch

June 4th, 2011

Sketchbook Lamb and Sheep Sketch

Another sketch from Bicton Lambing Sunday the other week. This one is done with biro, pencil and some blue colored pencil.




3 Pictures on show at Royal Bath and West Show

May 30th, 2011

3 Pictures on show at Royal Bath and West Show

Each year Somerset sees the arrival of the Royal Bath & West Show, a major agricultural show that features an array of attractions and several thousand visitors. Among the cattle, sheep and motorcycle stunt shows you'll also find an art exhibition. I've just had 2 paintings and a drawing accepted for the show which runs 1st - 4th June 2011, so if you happen to be passing the art pavilion please feel free to have a look.

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Inspiration

May 30th, 2011

Inspiration

These three new born lambs had escaped their field at the Lambing Sunday at Bicton College near Exmouth in Devon and went off to explore the daffodils. Rest assured they were safely returned to the confines of their field shortly afterwards. Lambing Sunday at Bicton is well worth a look, beautiful scenery and grounds and lots of amusing animal antics to observe! :-)


Exploring the Daffodils! three lambs on the run postcard
Exploring the Daffodils! three lambs on the run by scenebyus


Inspiration

May 30th, 2011

Inspiration

Took this snap on a walk to the Turf Locks Hotel (pub) the other day near Exeter, Devon!



New Frames

May 27th, 2011

New Frames

Had a couple of paintings framed recently by Bizzy Be in Exeter who are always really helpful and provide a great service. Well worth considering if you live in the Exeter area and want some framing done!






Jorys at Jurys Paintings on show at Exeter hotel

May 25th, 2011

Jorys at Jurys Paintings on show at Exeter hotel




I currently have a selection of paintings and hand-embellished giclee prints on show at Ju