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18th Painting

Painting shows a model at the John Galliano show in Paris. Fluffy ruffle dresses echoed the hairstyles and in the image I used, the hair looked see-through and delicate. Very different image to yesterday's and Monday's. Feel the need to analyse what it is I'm...

17th Painting

3rd week of adding work to the blog and this is the 1st of the Guardian images. The painting shows a young woman with a man's arm around her neck. His other hand holds a long sharp knife. His face is hinted at in the...

16th Painting

This image, taken in Wootton Bassett, was taken from the free paper Metro and shows a family member of a young rifleman who had been killed in action in Afghanistan. The mention of this town in newspapers and on television has become synonymous with soldiers...

15th Painting

In my studio work I often begin a painting upside down in order to get angles and areas of colour filled in rather than trying to make a painting from the outset. Trying it out on a 'tenminuter'. Added complication, the original was a very...

14th Painting

Quite strange looking character today. Got nothing to say about it....

13th Painting

Looking for images has made me question what impact I'm looking for in the work. It seems a bit of a waste to be be putting so much disciplined energy into this blog without giving more thought to what might be added by choosing a...

12th painting

In an attempt to cover the paper with paint and create a 'finished' painting, areas of the work feel frustratingly rough. The original image offered a face which would have been good to spend some time discovering. Maybe I need to stop 'blanketing' the paper...

11th Painting

Third week of uploading a daily image and it's been quite a start to the week. As I'm in my fourth and final year at university there's lots of deadlines to meet and even a 10 minute painting feels like an added achievement. This one...

10th Painting

I've come to the end of my second week, so 10 paintings so far. What have I learnt! 1. Decent paint brushes needed. (Bought some, expensive but worth it.) 2. Have the paint already mixed. This means having a good look at the image before...

9th Painting

The shadows on this face are a little disconcerting but in fact in the original photographic image they were even darker. It has a slightly cartoon look about it. Discovering every paint-mark has to be relevant and mistakes are difficult to amend in such a...