Category Archives: Paint

Lucy

I usually swim with Lucy at Clevedon Marine Lake. A fantastic and free facility but the lake is topped up by the muddy brackish waters of the Bristol Channel on the highest of tides, and if you can see as far as your feet through the water it is a remarkable and rare event.

Lucy asked me to paint a painting of her swimming, so we went off to Vobster with my camera, and I took lots of snaps and this painting is the result. We were just about lucky with the weather – the sun deigned to shine between the November clouds for a few minutes, but the water is lovely and clear anyway, so it’s always good for photos.

This is painted in watercolour with fragments of aluminium leaf for the bubbles.

Lucy at Vobster

Lucy at Vobster

Close-up detail of painting

'Ghislaine' detail1

Ghislaine

Apologies for the lack of swimming scribbles, I have been devoting time to some swimming paintings instead. Some of these I am hoarding for Bath Art Fair (12th & 13th May, more on that later), a some have been commissions (I know, other people are waiting, for paintings or drawings… I am getting there…).
So, here is one finished commission, this is Ghislaine, in watercolour, with platinum bubbles…
At the bottom you can see the photo I worked from, Ghislaine asked me for more bubbles and sparkly light.

'Ghislaine' painting in watercolour with palladium leaf

‘Ghislaine’ painting in watercolour with palladium leaf

'Ghislaine' detail1

‘Ghislaine’ detail1

'Ghislaine' detail2

‘Ghislaine’ detail2

'Ghislaine' detail3

‘Ghislaine’ detail3

'Ghislaine' reference photo

‘Ghislaine’ reference photo

'Reflections II' - painting in gouache and watercolour with gold leaf

Reflections 2

Second painting in my investigations into the painting of reflections of swimmers on the underside of the water.

This and a few more are for sale in my Etsy shop www.waterdrawnart.etsy.com, but only for a short time: there are a couple of exhibitions coming up that I am intending to submit them to, unless they sell before then.

'Reflections II' - painting in gouache and watercolour with gold leaf

‘Reflections II’ – painting in gouache and watercolour with gold leaf



Reflections I in watercolour, gouache & gold leaf

Reflections I

New painting – 9 x 13 inches, in gouache / watercolour and gold leaf.

I’ve been largely avoiding the issue of reflections on the underside of the water surface for long enough, because they are so complex. This is the first of several where I’ve actually tackled them properly. I’m not trying to get a photographic likeness but aiming for something between that and just a few suggestive splodges of colour.

Reflections I in watercolour, gouache & gold leaf

Reflections I in watercolour, gouache & gold leaf

Close-up detail

Close-up detail

Close-up by camera (not scanner). The scanner shows up the detail of the paint very well, but not the gold leaf

Close-up by camera (not scanner). The scanner shows up the detail of the paint very well, but not the gold leaf

Mini Swimmer 5 in gouache and aluminium leaf

Mini Paintings for Sale

I’ve put all of the available mini swimmer paintings up for sale n my Etsy shop – this is my new shop for all swimming-related things:  www.waterdrawnart.etsy.com

Three have gone to an exhibition, two have been sold, the rest are all there for you to browse should you wish. Here are a few I haven’t posted on this blog yet. Most of them are 4 inches square – a size that I found challenging before I painted all these: I’ve had a bit of practice now. The last ones three are about 5.5 inches square. And most of them have shimmery bits of metal leaf on them – gold, palladium or aluminium, which gives the ‘bubbles’ an extra dimension.

Mini Swimmer 5 in gouache and aluminium leaf

Mini Swimmer 5 in gouache and aluminium leaf

Mini Swimmer 25 in gouache

Mini Swimmer 25 in gouache

Mini Swimmer 22 in gouache

Mini Swimmer 22 in gouache

Mini Swimmer 17 in gouache and gold leaf

Mini Swimmer 17 in gouache and gold leaf

Mini Swimmer 16 in gouache and gold leaf

Mini Swimmer 16 in gouache and gold leaf

Mini Swimmer 9 in gouache and gold leaf

Mini Swimmer 9 in gouache and gold leaf

Mini Swimmer 27 in gouache and gold leaf

Mini Swimmer 27 in gouache and gold leaf

Hilary scan of painting

A painting commission

Commissioned portrait that I painted last week – an underwater swimmer – Hilary – with gold leaf fragments for bubbles. Unlike most of the swimming commissions so far, this is in paint, not a digital creation. The gold leaf doesn’t show up very well on the scanner, so I’ve photographed it as well, which catches the light on the gold better. The size is about 5.5 inches square.

Hilary close-up

Hilary close-up

Hilary scan of painting

Hilary scan of painting

Hilary photo of painting

Hilary photo of painting

Gold leaf, fragment by fragment...

Tiny paintings and tinier gold flakes

Watercolour and gold leaf on paper

Watercolour and gold leaf on paper

Feeling that there were some interesting developments in the last lot, I am continuing with mini paintings of swimmers, mostly incorporating metal leaf (Gold / Palladium or Aluminium). Here’s a quick work in progress… first shred your gold leaf (I used a pointy steel tool to hold the gold leaf down with, and shredded it with the tip of a scalpel.). Next, apply, fragment by tiny fragment, to the painting. Fortunately I have the sort of patience for this kind of thing. This is not the normal way gilding is done… by trial and error I’ve found what works well is picking up a gold fragment on the tip of a damp paint, applying the tiniest dab of dilute Gum Arabic to the paper, and then laying the fragment on the paper and smoothing it down with the damp brush. I’ve also found the easiest way to do this is to work with a brush in each hand. This tends to minimise the number of times that I either loose track of where I have put the glue as I take my eyes off it, or pick up the gold leaf with the gluey brush, not the just damp one. It also speeds up the process quite a bit.

Gold leaf, fragment by fragment...

Gold leaf, fragment by fragment…

Shredded gold leaf!

Shredded gold leaf!

More mini paintings

More mini paintings