Decided to put together a piece of the northern lights. Starting with a blue background for the sky and snow.

A quick dab of color to get the bae of the cloud and light done, a few dark lines to point out where the mountains go and some light pink for the snow.

Doing more of the same, once the paint is dryer I can paint over it and put more detail in the lights and clouds.

Clouds are too splotchy so I blended the colours together and added some dark contrast. I outlines the moutain range with black and purple before blending in some highlights and giving the water a green reflection base coat.

Starting the icebergs I did the light blue outline you can see on the right then added in some pure navy blue to get the main shape of the icebergs then black and highlight to create the strong contrast.

Finishing off the water was icebergs. Signed and complete.

Lake O’Hara

As part of my scenery collection I decided to show off the amazing color of the pools coming down over lake O’Hara. Here is a quick beige yellow background for tone with some blue outlines. I’m really happy with how the farthest mountain turned out

Moving foward I’m using a mix of white, blue purple and brown for the moutain, a bit of dark beige to create the dunes at the base of the mountains; some light green to start off the trees with blue for shading.

Moving left I started giving the lakes their vibrant blue green. For the trees I started with dark green for definition then highlights and lowlights. The stepped cliff was a bit more involved laying down a quick blue layer then going through with highlights and low lights. Another pass to redefine the shapes and get vegetation in there. Then highlights and lowlights again.

Repeating the same process I moved up the mountain and repeated the dark beige for the base.

The picture got cut off so I’m making up the big mountain on the left. I’m not happy with how it;s going to let’s put some highlights, let it dry and paint over the shapes created.

Some contrast on the back left mountain to diminish break up the straight lines on the right side. Some orange to match the rest of the painting. Clear coat, signed and complete.

Lakeside Cottage

I’ve started a set of paintings of amazing scenery straight out of fairy tales. This cottage floating in a lake is the perfectly mysterious place. What can you imagine inside, who would live there and what would life be like? In this first draft I just threw down a base coat to get the tone of each area.

A quick touch of of the sky and laying down strong contrast got the mountains done so quickly I don’t have an intermediate step to show. I colored all the dark areas, put strong highlights and quickly blended the colors together. I also gave the cottage a bit more definition, really just a more defined base coat.

Starting to work on the water, it’s my first time trying something so clear. I think starting with painting the lake floor then I will cover it in a gloss to get water. A quick definition of the foreground rocks as well.

I did the same to the rest of the lake floor then added some glare to create the illusion of the water with just some quick shading on the rocks.

Here you can see the little picture I’m working from. Sitting so closely so I can quickly reference all the little details where the water meets the shore.

The foreground was quite complicated but starting with some very dark tones and using highlights from strong contrast then working in the little details from there made short work of it.

Country Lanes

This one is a bit different. A painting I gave up on. I actually started using the pieces to prop things up. If you look at the grass you can see a lot of texture and this is the main reason I thought I couldn’t recover. Now after having learned more in my experimenting I think I can fix this.

Just goes to show, never give up! Just a couple hours and the painting is a whole new piece. All this needed was a blue wash in the clouds, little highlights around the edges; an ocre wash in the sky with a little red nearing the clouds; and a dark green layer over the grass with some basic contrast for the rays.

I added some orange to the clouds and now we’re getting somewhere, but the grass is too splotchy so I gave it a once over in green to smooth it all together.

In keeping with orange on blue clouds I threw in some purple to shade the grass and some blue in roads. That made the world of difference.

Here is the same piece photographed with a better camera.


Here is picture of the girl from Fish Off. One of the few times I just just a human figure. This one is water color so you can see the paint tape creating a border. I start with the base coat background and the tone of her body and face.

Starting with dark tones to outline the braids, fingers, her ear and shirt. A few tones in the are and chin before getting some highlights by washing out the color where needed.

With the main part of the image done I can start get some defined fuzzyness in the hair without it looking blurry. I also get a bit more tone for the final definition and remove the tape to get a nice white border.

Fish Off

I went to a party and met this girl who let her friends tattoo her. It was quite the scene so I thought I would commeorate the momment. Come to think of it, that’s a little redundant since she has all the souvenir tattoos. Here is a quite orange wash for the backgroun and crimson shades to create the base layer and give the tone I want.

A few quick sittings to get the curtains done and start some detail in the people. A nice white wash gave the girl’s forehead the nice lighting.

I want some more fantasy or whimsy in the painting so I’m gona try adding a colourful base to the skin.

And now for shading… but I went too far. That guy is way too dark.

Starting over I washed the people in a skin tone.

And reshade. But he’s too dark again. And there’s no whimsy.

Green was a bad choice. We want something lively. Can’t use pink so lets try orange; and while it’s still wet cover in white.

And wash the colours together

I still think the guy is too dark in relation to the girl and I finally got her face right, so lighten he goes.

It really needs more tone, so darken everything, and add a pink wash once it’s dry. Signed and complete.

Monkey Mouth

My favourite artist is Dali. I want to make something similar to his work but I’ve already done a couple so I’m trying something a little different. I still have the bold and simple sky and plain, populated with something quite odd.

I decided a sun was boring so let’s so in a poppy, why not. They’re gorgeous flowers. I also gave the ‘monkey’ a once over in skin tone and smoothed some shadows in with a grey blue. I’m trying with the grass but it’s not working out the way I hoped.

Scrap the grass let’s try a different background. I shaded the banana with some nice whimsical purple and finished up the poppy. I really like the weird elephants Dali does so let’s give the monkey grasshopper legs.

I liked the tree idea but I really messed up these shadows. The legs are just getting weird too. Physics of it doesn’t work. The birds are nice though.

Byebye monkey, let’s get weird. I’ve done a few picture with things going in and out of mouths like trains, let’s try an arm.

I need a backgroun but don’t want to take away from anything so let’s just do some nice rolling hills. And let’s be serious, a mouth in a desert can’t just float around, let’s get some support in there.

A valley brings focus to the banana. Framed and signed.

Sorrento Cafe

Have you ever painted on glass? The first layer is a ral pain but once you get past that it’s a fantastic surface. Very smooth letting you get really fine detail. The brush glides along very pleasantly.

Here I have decided to paint a cafe on two separate pains of glass. This is a quick base layer to get some color and something stuck to the glass so I can actually paint. If you notice all the leaking, that’s pretty much how it goes on the first layer because there’s nothing to hold onto.

Once the first layer dries you can start to get some definition. Here I added some yellow and green to make the stucco.

Here I have done the bricks using a square brush and make short strokes. I also took the time to retouch the ground, and though you can’t really see the chairs, their texture is still there letting me redraw them exactly.

This one shows how 5 minutes and a few dark lines can completely transform your painting; I also did a few highlights in the dark areas.

Let’s get those chairs back. I redid the bushes and added the table tops. A bit of touch ups on the bowed grill over the window also.

Unfortunately I lost my picture of the first step of the well, but it was really just a beige wash in the shape of the well. You really can’t get anything done until you get a base of dry paint to adhere to. This mean I also had to get something for the chairs done, we can still see their first layer here. Once again, like with the bricks I dragged a square brush around to make the bricks.

A few light lines to make the grout, but let’s be realistic, most of it eroded; let’s use dark lines.

A few shades in the roof gives some good definition, and a second coat for the chairs get’s that done.

I haven’t spoken to the perspective the two panes creates. I mounted them in a frame a few milimeters apart making the foreground hover as the viewer moves. Here, from the far left we can make out a door on the left of the left colum of the well, and nothing behind the right.

Now looking from the far right we can see a window behind the right column of the well and nothing behind the left.

Here’ is a nice closeup showing how the front pane even castes a shadow.

And another nice closeup of the well.

Here is the final piece in the standard view.