Tuesday, 30 December 2008

One for the New Year

This painting is of a little square in Corfu. My wife and I were there three years ago. I was quite impressed with the place all in all. I like this sort of scene were there is something going on and has a focal point as well. Again this is on pre prepared board and painted with quick drying oils.
I hope you like it.

19 comments:

HammelmanArt said...

Happy New Year, Trevor. Fine sense of light in this one and the bits of color keep the eye moving around. Very nice.
Linda

rob ijbema said...

looking good trevor!
love the suggested details and sense of place
cheers for 2009!

Trevor Lingard said...

Hello Linda
Thank you for visiting and your comments too. I always look forward to hearing from you.
Kind Regards and Happy New Year.
Trevor

Trevor Lingard said...

Hi Rob
I dont have much confidence with my oils so your comments are appreciated.
Happy New Year
Regards
Trevor

harrybell said...

Keep this up in the New Year and your confidence should build and build, Trevor. Good one.

Trevor Lingard said...

Hello Harry
Your encouragement spurs me on.
Thank you!
Happy New Year to you and your family.

Shari said...

Looks good to me, Trevor. Love the colours and the sunshine (wish it were more like that here right now!).

I'm interested in the quick drying oils you are using - are they alkyds? I have not used them myself but understand they can be used with normal oils too.

Happy New Year to you and yours.

Trevor Lingard said...

Hello Shari
I value your comments.
Re your question..they are W+N Griffin alkyds with a little distilled turps for occasional thinning. They can be mixed with traditional oil paints, but I have not tried that. This medium does dry quickly and therefore enables me to dry brush the paints more readily and complete a piece in a short time.
I do find that the colours seem to dry dull than when firt applied, but that may be my inexperience of oil painting techniques or could it be the distilled turps. I hope that as given you food for thought.
Happy New Year
Trevor

Shari said...

Thank you so much, Trevor, for taking the time to explain.

I am not very experienced with oils myself, although I enjoy using them when time permits. I should imagine the fast drying oils are ideal when layering - means you can get on with the painting instead of waiting for drying time.

I wonder if varnishing would rectify any dullness.

However, I think your paintings are beautiful just as they are.

Trevor Lingard said...

Hello Shari
Thank you for the nice things you say.
The varnishing may make the difference has you suggest. I have used a gloss finish in the past but have prefered over recent times a more matt finish when varnished. Generally I mount the unvarnishes painting under glass similar to watercolours. It is all experimental for me with oils.
Regards
Trevor

harrybell said...

Slightly belated Happy New Year to you and yours, Trevor. Alkyds do mix quite easily with ordinary oils. One trick I sometimes use, is to simply paint with ordinary oils but mix with white alkyd. This can work out cheaper than all alkyd, but still shortens the drying time.

Trevor Lingard said...

HI Harry
Good advice and appreciated.
All the Best
Trevor

Shari said...

All painting is experimental for me Trevor :)

I have noticed that some colours in ordinary oils dry faster than others - often it happens when i don't want them to dry so fast - that's just how it goes.

Harry's comment has made me think buying one or two alkyds to use with my usual oils would be a good idea.

I'm learning so much all the time. Thanks so much.

harrybell said...

Raw umber is a particularly fast drying pigment in oil colour, and it'll make any mixture it's in dry faster. Vermeer was fond of it, especially in his underpainting.

Bee Skelton said...

I love all your work Trevor, but this one in particular caught my eye. I love the lively light and composition. It took me straight there :)

Trevor Lingard said...

Thank you Bee.
I see you have moved from England. Are you back home for a short period. I`m sure you wont miss this English weather.
It is good to hear from you.
Happy New Year
Trevor

Bee Skelton said...

Hi Trevor. I'm British but have lived in Cyprus for about 7 years. We visit our sons in England when we can, especially at Christmas. Actually I don't mind the chilly UK weather really, although I must admit, I do hug myself knowing I can sketch outdoors in January here. Not something I'd fancy in London just now ;)

Trevor Lingard said...

Hi Bee
You lucky lady.
Do keep in touch , it is nice to hear from you.
Regards

Tania Alegria said...

I love your paintings.
Congratulations. From Lisbon I praise your work.
Sincerely yours,
Tania Alegria.