After a recent visit to Edinburgh I created these two works depicting Castlehill and Edinburgh Castle. In particular I think the Castlehill image to be successful for the atmosphere and sense of place. Being a wintry and rainy day, the cobbles reflected the light and contrasted with the towering silhouette of the spire.
I've decided to number the artwork I'm creating so as to give a sense of the chronology of it all. If you can immediately see that two paintings were painted consecutively it should be simpler to compare or read the entire set. Also it means that anyone new to seeing the work can know there must be others to see!
When I painted the 20 Zone image of the Tyne Bridge I was primarily focused on achieving detail through painting, creating photorealistic effects.
Working with photography to create the images that I would paint, I visited a number of cities in different countries with my wide angle lens. The photographs were great images and in painting from them I found I actually wanted to get the best from each medium: detail from photographs, abstract elements from paint.
That's when I remembered a process I'd started to try years ago. Combining the painting and the photograph in layers using both traditional and digital media. I'm enjoying making the images, they are a great way to get the effect I've been after. The question is, if you paint a picture, then scan it, use Photoshop to add some extra detail, then print to a canvas and paint further, what do you actually have? It IS a painting: it's got paint on it. Most of what people see is paint. But the word painting is not really enough. I suppose mixed media might cover it. Maybe 'Mixed media with acrylic/oil on canvas'. It's a bit of mouthful though, not very snappy!
Either way, for now I'll continue experimenting with it. Here are a couple of the latest mixed media artworks I've created.
Recently I've been experimenting with combining a variety of different media. Using photographs taken around my local city of Newcastle, I first create an abstracted version in acrylic paint on paper. Developing the image before taking it to a canvas, the next stage is to layer the painting with various elements from the original picture.
Being a new process, I'm still working on the finer aspects. As painterly scenes of urban landscape I think these work well.