Tuesday, 26 May 2009
Again the paint is applied quite thickly with a knife and I loosely mix the paint so that coloured 'flecks' of the various colours appear, adding detail and interest, as the close-up below shows:
The paint was applied using a large painting knife...
Monday, 18 May 2009
Sunday, 17 May 2009
Sunday, 10 May 2009
Friday, 8 May 2009
The strong winds that scour the Hebridean islands make painting out in the open quite tricky, plus lugging all my gear on the train wasn't really an option, so instead I took lots of photographs and notes and just soaked up the atmosphere. On our return home I began to paint.
Looking across Loch na Keal towards Ben More. My wife and I went on a wildlife tour and we saw both white tailed and golden eagles on this loch. We returned a day later and waited in this spot for 3 hours in the hope of sighting them again but without success, but at least I was able to soak up the atmosphere and the lighting effects!
Tobermory, acrylic on canvas 12" x 16"
Tobermory is a great little place, with its brightly painted buildings and harbour. I wanted to capture the lively nature of the town and its relationship to the water and so I only used a painting knife and did my best not to 'fiddle' too much with the paint, hence this was finished in about 30 minutes!
Highland cattle, acrylic on canvas 12" x 16"My wife has always loved the look of Highland cattle, with their majestic horns, shaggy coats and quiet nature. There are plenty on Mull, including the original Hebridean with its distinctive black coat, so finding a subject wasn't a problem. Many had calves with them just to add the 'arrrr' factor. I'm no wildlife painter - I don't normally 'do' animals and humans can be very tricky too as anyone who was with me in life-drawing classes can testify! Anyway I gave it my best shot - my attempt is to show the quiet majesty of these beasts and how they are an integral part of the imposing landscape... My wife thought perhaps is was a bit 'dark' (my wife and daughter are my best and most trusted critics) so in response and for a bit of fun I painted her this:
Thursday, 7 May 2009
Painted in oils on canvas
16" x 12"
Let me introduce myself properly: My name is Martin and I live in Yorkshire. By profession I am a train driver but I am also an artist and I use my time off duty to paint. I have been driving trains for about 4 years now, but I've been drawing and painting for 40+ years!
I started out my working life as an engineer and spent 5 years as an apprentice, followed by another 5 years on the shop floor. This was long enough for me to realise that life in a factory was not for me! I then did a graphic design degree at Leeds which changed my life and made me look at things very differently. Unfortunately I graduated straight into the UK's last recession and struggled to find work or employment. A variety of projects and jobs took me on a route through PR, event management and marketing, before illness made me take another look at where I was going. Train driving came along purely by chance. It is a great job: I swipe on-duty and do my job, I swipe off-duty and forget about it. I get time off in the week when everyone else is working and this is when I can focus on my art.
So that is my life in a nutshell!