Back to basics with watercolour. I always keep my watercolour palette handy when I need to do a quick sketch or just for the fun of painting. Watercolour makes a welcome break from oil painting at times. It's good to mix it up IMO. This little sketch was based on a scene along a river walk, where a group of people were enjoying a get together and the sunshine. Two of the group stood out, one lady with a bright hat and other with a big hair do. I loved the contrast and the colours. Watercolour on paper sketch 9x6 ins.
Tuesday, 20 June 2017
A study of two people sitting in the shade on a hot beach. The colours are muted in keeping with the light. If I was to use this study for a full painting, I would extend the scene to give more contrast between light and shade, plus perhaps add some highlights on the figures. Oil impasto using a palette knife on paper 7x10 ins.
Tuesday, 13 June 2017
Tuesday, 23 May 2017
I am continuing my experimentation with acrylics. This time I left the palette knife aside and used brushes. A beach scene over an original watercolour, where I exploited the colours of the under layers Mixed media beach scene 11x15 ins. Available at http://www.dailypaintworks.com/artists/joseph-mahon-4837/artwork or at josephmahon.faso.com
Tuesday, 16 May 2017
I was sitting in my studio the other day, thinking I really need to tidy up. I spotted a shelf of Winsor and Newton Galeria acrylics that I have used on occasion in the past, as perhaps the first place to start. Then I decided, before I discard them, why not use them up just for fun and experimentation. What to use as a substrate? Easy, unsuccessful watercolours with a perfectly good reverse side to use. What is to lose, as both were heading for recycling? The painting below is the first effort using three colours and a palette knife only. "A day out with mom" 7x10 ins approx.
Tuesday, 25 April 2017
Here are three versions of a landscape study, oil on a piece of hardboard 5x7 ins. I kept adjusting parts of the painting to see if I could improve it, and also just experimenting. I perhaps think the plain version, the first one was the better of the three.
Wednesday, 19 April 2017
I have this oil marked frame which I use to look at a completed work. The idea is to see if the painting works and what it looks like in a frame. This painting is of an Irish girl, oil impasto on oil primed linen canvas panel 10x8 ins, palette knife mostly. Excuse the photo, as the lighting was not great.