6 Mar 2015

Painting : Façade

Painting : Façade
Paint on canvas 2015.

Here's a new painting depicting the façade of an old stone house somewhere in Brittany. Nobody lives in the house, which is a shame. The grass is, in reality, overgrown and covers the path. I did a bit of gardening with my paintbrush and palette knife to clear the path and lead the eye up to the door. I also repaired the roof slightly and changed the drab greys of the slate to more lively blues. If somebody wants to give me huge amount of money for this painting, then I will use it to buy the house and renovate it to its former humble glory. Come on, it's a win win situation!

24 Dec 2014

'House by sea' detail 1
'House by sea' 'detail 2
Painting on canvas : House by sea

End the year with a new painting. All the best to you and yours : )

31 Jan 2014

Painting : Sky

New work. Paint on wooden board.

Created using a palette knife, Liquitex acrylic paints and light modelling paste.

25 Jan 2014

Painting : Old Tin

Old Tin
New Work. Paint on canvas.
This old tobacco tin with its bashed up lid is from a time when it was cool to smoke. Times have changed but the tin still remains, with its bold lettering and lively colours.

20 Mar 2013

Portrait : The lock keeper

The lock keeper
Portrait painting in oils

12 Jan 2013

Canal boat

New work for the New Year. Best wishes to all,

29 Dec 2012

Manor House

Manor house
Oil painting on canvas
By David Shaw

25 Nov 2012

Painting : Carnac standing stones

Standing stones
New painting of an old subject : these ancient standing stones in Carnac, Brittany have been there since around 4500 BC. There are over 4000 on the site, spread over 4km. I tried to capture some of the light there. Here's a detail :
Standing stones detail

19 Nov 2012

Seascape : Wall by the sea

Wall by the sea
Well, here we are again. This seascape is what it is really : a wall by the sea. If we look a little further, we could say that it's a brief moment of freedom in this world of written and unwritten rules! Below, is a close up detail of the painting:

Wall by the sea : detail

11 Sep 2012

Sail school view

Sail school view
New work. Acrylic paint on stretched canvas.
Apparently this is my painting blog post number 100: I think I'll celebrate with a nice cup of tea!


25 May 2012

Light on river revisited

Light on river revisited
I don't normally go back to a painting once finished, but I've made an exception to add color to this one, with more blues and pink over the greens I found too drab. You can scroll down to the older version if you want to try and spot the difference.

23 May 2012

Cobbler's Shop

Cobbler's Shop
New work. This cobbler's shop can be found on the Wirral in northwest England. I used water based acrylic paints to paint this picture. I'm quite happy with colors. I chose some shimmering metallic paints: gold, copper, blues and reds that change color when you move around the painting and when the light moves over its surface.

26 Apr 2012

Red fire engine

Red fire engine

21 Apr 2012

Green tractor on show day

Green tractor on show day

23 Jun 2011

Mousehole, Cornwall

Mousehole, Cornwall
Acrylics on canvas
This is a new painting depicting a village and fishing port in Corwall called Mousehole.

17 May 2011

Bedroom in Arles, after Van Gogh

La chambre à Arles
Oils on canvas
I enjoyed paintng this copy of Bedroom in Arles, one of Vincent Van Gogh's most famous paintings. It's a great way to really observe another artist's work, something that Mr Van Gogh did throughout his painting career. He actually painted 3 different versions of La Chambre à Arles. My painting is based on the last version he painted and can be found in the Musée d'Orsay, Paris. I've tried to keep the feel of the original picture without trying to exactly imitate the artist's brushwork. Also, I tried to stay close to the colours of the painting today (the colours will have changed since he painted it in 1889). My version is actually 30 cm less wide than the original (57.5 x 74 cm) and I will be hanging it on my wall presently!

16 Apr 2011

Light on the river

Painting : Light on the river
Oils on wooden panel
Light on the river

13 Apr 2011

Seascape : La Côte Sauvage

Seascape : La Côte Sauvage
Oils on wooden panel

10 Apr 2011

Painting : Boy with Beret

Portrait : boy with beret
Oils on wooden panel

2 Apr 2011

Hay Bales

Hay bales
Acrylics on canvas
Here's a painting I've been working on using a palette knife, Liquitex acrylic paint and light modelling paste.

1 Apr 2011

Thatched cottage

Thatched cottage (detail)
Acrylics on canvas

28 Mar 2011

The Harvest

The Harvest (detail)
Acrylics on canvas

2 Jan 2011

Submarine base / base sous-marine Lorient

Base sous-marine, Lorient
Oils on wooden panel
A new painting to kick start the new year and a new decade!
The picture represents the imposing German U-boat submarine base built in Lorient, France during the World War II occupation. It took 15, 000 workers and 900 000 m³ of concrete to build in 1941. In 1943, allied bombers tried in vain to destroy the base dropping 4000 tonnes of bombs on the town, flattening most of Lorient's historical buildings in the process (source: Wikipedia).

27 Dec 2010

Lorient buildings / bâtiments

Lorient buildings
Oils on canvas
I enjoyed the creaminess of the oils for this one, compared to the more fluid acrylics I normally favour. When I saw the flags against the blue sky I thought of Claude Monet's 1870 picture : Hôtel des roches noires, Trouville.  All the best for the New Year by the way!

5 Dec 2010

Lanvaudan church /église

Oils on canvas
I recently did an art exhibition in the garden of a building facing this church. During the exhibition, this view caught my eye, with the church 'framed' by the other stone buildings. And now it's a painting!

4 Nov 2010

Robin Redbreast / Rouge-gorge

Robin Redbreast

Acrylics on canvas
Portrait of a robin. I had to paint very quickly before it flew away :)

17 Sep 2010

Church door

Acrylics on paper (400g/m2)

12 Sep 2010

Light through church window

Soft pastels on paper 30 x 40 cm
Same church, different window. This time a view from inside the building. I think the soft 'dusty' pastels lend themselves well to the subject of light and the 'dazzle' effect I've tried to recreate.

11 Sep 2010

Pastel portrait

Soft pastels on paper

1 Sep 2010

Homeward Bound

Soft pastels on paper

20 Aug 2010

Blue mountains, closed shutters

Soft pastels on paper 30 x 40 cm
Another picture completed during summer travels

12 Aug 2010

Pastel view

Soft pastels on pape
Your colour palette comes to life
In the morning sunlight
You're forever twenty years or more
Like a rose before the storm
You're my world, my heart, my soul
A circle around my life

11 Aug 2010

A picture worth a medal!

This painting 'Vines and Mountains' has won a bronze medal at a 'salon des arts' in southern France. It can sometimes be difficult to put a price on a piece of artwork... but it's good to know that someone, somewhere thinks this one is worth a medal!

12 Jul 2010

The Starry Night

Paint on canvas 65 x 54 cm
A tribute to the great artist Vincent Van Gogh
Detail :

5 Jul 2010

Summer field

Acrylics on canvas board
This landscape is quite small. About half of the work was done with a palette knife. Small brushes were used to add colour and texture, especially in the foreground. Here's a detail :

30 Jun 2010

Trees in meadow

Acrylics on wooden board
These 3 trees caught my eye, standing proud in the summer heat, offering their valuable shade to passers by...

21 Jun 2010

School for girls

Acrylics on wooden panel

1 Feb 2010

A beach with a view 2

Acrylics on wooden panel
The wooden panel had 2 coats of acrylic base coat (a creamy pale yellow ochre) with a light sanding between coats. All good painters do a couple of undercoats, and the really good ones do 3. I'm working my way up to that!