Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Self Portrait and Progress Pictures

Another self portrait....
Self Portrait Looking Down
oil on panel, 18x24cm

There's a lot of 'me' in the studio. A big ego trip?
Time to go back to painting lace!
On my facebook friends page I am posting the progress of my largest work ever, in the main header image. You don't need to be my friend to see it, but in case you want to follow....
Have a look here.

Every time I work on it I will update this image (which is just a detail of the larger painting). This is the latest instalment, painted yesterday.

Thursday, 24 January 2013

work in progress

A detail of a giant canvas I am working on. Just initial drawing/underpainting.
Haven't done much recently as trying to recover from a nasty chest infection.
But I hope to show you more progress on this piece soon.

Monday, 21 January 2013

More Self Portraits

Here's my latest. Another self portrait. It is really interesting to do self portraits. Initially it is awkward; feelings of vanity, embarrassment etc get into the mix. Its weird staring at yourself and it is easy to see all the beauty flaws. But after a while you put that to one side. I mean, it's not like I didn't know what I look like before, is it?! So when I am painting 'me' I don't have to worry so much about getting the likeness, because I know my own face. I get a likeness much quicker, its not even something I need to strive for or think about. That means I can focus much, much more on expressions, colours, compositions and just have a play. That's why I haven't been painting one self portrait but I am still working on them.
I'm just not very good at coming up with titles....

Here is a pic of one side of my studio. As you can see its a right mess as I am doing too many things at the same time! Painting frames, working on self portraits, working on a large painting (on the left), photographing works (hence the tripod) etc etc. You can see a self portrait on the easel in the mirror.

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Open Studio

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Open Studio will be 5,6 and 12 May 2013, 10am-5pm

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Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Monday, 14 January 2013

Detail of SP with Hat

Tidying up my drawing, here's a detail. I am forever fiddling with my work until it is framed!

Monday, 7 January 2013

Sunday, 6 January 2013


I treated myself to a drawing board, new pencils and paper. Big plans to do much more drawing this year!  I thought I'd christen my drawing board tonight. Feels great!

Childhood Drawings

I found a box of old childhood drawings today. Very nostalgic indeed.
Here's proof that I have always drawn people. Also a lot of fashion-styled stuff (I made my own clothes). I also think that my own son, who is only 7, is better already than I ever was as a kid!

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Painting the Queen

Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands will turn 75 in January and to celebrate there is an open competition to create an image of the queen for an exhibition at the royal palace. I thought it would be fun to join in, paint the queen and hopefully one day exhibit something in my home country. Fingers crossed.
Here's my painting:
HM Queen Beatrix, oil on panel, 24x30cm

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Best Picture of the Year MaM

I am happy to report that my painting 'Folded Lace' has won the 'Best Picture on an Art Blog' in the category 'Still Life' on the Making a Mark Blog. Thank you to all who voted for me.
Folded Lace, 40x30cm
Winner of the Best Picture of the Year (Still Life) on an Art Blog 2012

The MAM Award for Best Picture of the Year on an Art Blog 2012
Heartbreak Morning, by Barbara Benedetti Newton
Pastel, 25x25"
© Barbara Benedetti Newton 
There are some great paintings amongst the winners this year. The overall winner was Barbara Benedetti Newton with her lovely painting 'Heartbreak Morning'.


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