January 20th, 2013 – January Moon 1 月満月

It’s been a while since I put up a song. Musically it’s all been a bit all over the place this week. I discovered the very strange sounds of the Orchestre National de Jazz. I had a few choices as to what to put up, some more funky options but this music is so hauntingly odd I went with this !! The introduction is an old-style song then it goes into some kind of spacey 1950s car ride through a Parisian film noir circus story. Anyways…..

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This week I got in delivery of my Block Mounted prints. I one of the pictures is called ‘Light In Inverfarigaig Forest’ I still have the original and at the start of the week, I sanded down an old frame & painted it white to put the drawing in.  Here is the original drawing framed & the block-mounted print.

drawing of Inverfarigaig forest Loch Ness Scotland

I started work on a board painting on Friday. I have never painted on board before and it’s a total revelation.

As I like to use fine liners a lot the harder smoother surface of a board is a LOT easier to work on over canvas. This painting started off similar to my last two but when it came to the tree painting I started off in pure black and it looked so good against the background I figured on painting the entire foliage in pure black. Here are a couple of photos of the progress. Towards the end, I rotated the board around and decided I like the moon in a lower position, and the branches although painted in an intended direction/projection looked almost better when I flipped the board around…. some ideas for next time I think!

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Basic Moon layout and started foliage. Unsure at this stage of the direction of the picture other than branches & leaves with the moon..

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Starting to get an idea of branch direction in relation to where the moon is placed. Placing and pointing the branches in a very planned manner so as to direct the eye and the feeling of the picture is something I spend a lot of time thinking about.

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Towards this stage, I started rotating the board as worked on areas to get better angles and discovered the painting looked great on its side as well as upside down. I went with the upside-down version for the rest of the painting time.

And that was my week! I’d like to try this concept on a much larger & detailed scale, that sure would make for some painting.

If you are a fan of my Facebook page I posted a discounted glass selection this week of items I have had stacked up for too long. Still all work I love but need to find homes over gathering dust in my studio so some good deals there.

The webpage is also all operational for your viewing pleasure! Hopefully, I can get all the recent paintings photographed before the end of the month and add them to the collection of available prints. Or indeed if you fancy an original I have a studio jam-packed right now so take yourself down & pay me a visit if you are in Glasgow.

Did you make it to the end of that piece of music? The album is really nice, it’s been spun a few times already, odd but it certainly takes you on an adventure.

full moon painting

‘January Moon’

Acrylic Paint / Spray Paint / Fine Liner

On Board

soldering iron

Oh aye I always forget things, at the start of the week my soldering iron gave up the ghost. I have had it since 1998 so sad to see it go after so long. The end of an era folks!

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