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‘Valerie’ is back on!

After all the upheaval of Suede Galerie, I can now focus on painting again.
Decided to start again on painting this photo …

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And add me in…
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Just going to do it on a 12×9″ stretched canvas this time, to ease me back in.

15/01/19: first 45mins…
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1hr30…
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2hrs45…
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17/01/20: 4hrs…
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A portrait of a friend’s dearly lost nephew, painted in acrylics on a 20×16″ stretched canvas…

27/11/19: First 1hr15…
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03/12/19: 2hrs45…
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04/12/19: 3hrs45…
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06/12/19: 5hrs…
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10/12/19: 6hrs…
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17/12/19: 8hrs…
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In colour acrylics on a 40x50cm canvas sheet to be mounted once completed.

 

13/11/19: first 10 minutes…
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45mins…
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14/11/19: 1hr45…
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18/11/19: 3hrs…
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19/11/19: 4hrs30…
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20/11/19: completed after roughly 7hrs…
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A second commission being painted on 40x50cm canvas paper to then be mounted, ready to frame…

 

23/10/19: First hour…

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24/10/19: 2hrs15…
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29/10/19: 3hrs45…
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30/10/19: 5hrs30…
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7hrs…
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31/10/19: 8hrs (struggling with likeness)…
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9hrs (better likeness but he looks beat up! Mike was hardly touched in this fight. Needs correcting)…
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04/10/19: completed after 10hrs…
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Being painted in acrylics on a 40x50cm sheet of canvas paper with border space left for mount, featuring the client’s late father in superb pose, holding the hook and jab pads during a boxing training session…

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30/09/19: 1hr30…

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02/10/19: 3hrs…

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4hrs…

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03/10/19: 5hrs…

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07/10/19: 6hrs…

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09/10/19: completed after roughly 8hrs…

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Feeling motivated to paint some scenery depicting a typical weekend where my gallery unit is based, I took some photos on Sunday and captured some great characters which will make an amusing little painting (I hope). Working on a 20×16″ stretched canvas.

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20/08/19: first hour…
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27/08/19: 2hrs…
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29/08/19: 4hrs…
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04/09/19: 7hrs…
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05/09/19: 7hrs45…
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10/09/19: 10hrs30…
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17/09/19: 13hrs…
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19/09/19: 14hrs30…
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25/09/19: completed after 16hrs roughly…
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So I finally feel motivated to paint again and I’m feeling “experimental”. It’s been long overdue but I’m at last dipping my toe into oil painting (not literally!) and I’m painting over the abandoned ‘Pulp Twisting’ piece I started earlier in the year.

This should be a very interesting learning curve…

The abandoned piece…
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25/07/19: 10mins…
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Coming up to an hour so far and I’m already learning that you can’t paint over blacks with white anywhere near as quickly as with acrylics. It’s nice that the paint flows into each other but how that will affect the later, more detailed stages is going to be interesting…

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26/07/19: 2hrs (the paint was still wet from last night so not much progress)…
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EXPERIMENT OVER – the paint was still slightly wet midway through August, so it just isn’t going to be practical for my style. ANOTHER abandoned painting!

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It’s fantastic that, after Saturday’s Champions League final win, I finally get to paint and add a new Liverpool manager to my existing ‘Trophy Winners’ artwork!

4/6/19:
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45mins…
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2hrs30…
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3hrs45…
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5/6/19: completed after roughly 6hrs…
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I decided to scrap the second song-lyric-inspired painting, ‘Valerie’, as it had become too much of a chore rather than a passionate project.

It has worked out nicely though, for the piece I’m painting over those first 15mins of waterfront base colours fits really well.

This piece is being done for a light night exhibition hosted by Liverpool Horror Club in May, this years theme being “ritual”.

Combining one of my favourite films, ‘Donnie Darko’, with features from the horror film which is being shown in the cinema scene (‘Evil Dead’), I’m using this to assume the ritual of getting up every day (‘Frank’ always telling ‘Donnie’ to “wake up”)…

 

15mins already done previously…

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29/04/19: 45mins…
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2hrs30…
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3hrs45…
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30/04/19: 6hrs…
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01/05/19: 8hrs30…
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02/05/19: completed after roughly 10hrs…
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a little 12×9″ piece to keep me busy whilst at Suede Galerie during the quiet days…

 

26/04/19: 30mins…

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1hr30…

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16/05/19: absolutely no passion or interest in doing this piece so I’m scrapping it!