Block-in for Oil

Author: gwendoline  |  Category: Oil Painting
This is the monochrome block- in for a painting I’m working on at present.  I photographed this beautiful tea room in Bellagio, Italy last year.  I just happened to be walking past and the scene caught my eye.  I thought to myself, wow, I can make a painting of this.  The lighting was warm giving the room a lovely ambience.  Interiors are quite tricky with so much perspective and detail.   I don’t do any drawing, except with my paintbrush.  I work by looking for shapes and tones, starting with the big shapes first, then breaking them down.  By varying the tones in the early stage of the painting, I set the mood of how I want the painting to appear.  Keep a lookout, the final piece is only a week or so away from finished.IMG_0111 

Oil sketch

Author: gwendoline  |  Category: Oil Painting

This is a quick 3 hour self portrait I did the other day.  I started by blocking in with monochrome, observing the shapes and tones, then added colour patches.  I did this 12 x 16 inch self portrait  the other day.  It's just a quick 3 hour sketch, but I think it feels fresh.  I started by working in monochrome, arranging all the shapes and tones, then went into colour, adding patches of shapes.