Monday, 21 May 2018

Red Boat Wreck Southampton - WIP oil painting stages

Red Boat Wreck Southampton - WIP oil painting stages

M P DAVEY work in progress acrylic painting
'Red Boat Wreck Southampton' painting in stages
'Red Boat Wreck Southampton' was painted during April 2018, and depicts a scene on the River Itchen, Southampton that is home to many boat wrecks.
In this WIP panel can be seen some of the stages of this acrylic painting, painted over a period of 10 days. In the first section can be seen the initial drawing of the scene with a wash applied for the tonally dark areas using 'paynes grey' coloured paint, and a white wash used for the areas of very light tonal values. This is done on top of a red/ brown 'ground' which acts as a base for the colours. 
The second panel now shows an initial layer of colours applied over the painting, at slightly darker values, which acts as the under painting. 
In the final section can be seen the finished painting, with the correct colour values painted on top of the under-painting. In addition the details in the painting are refined at this stage.
As the painting is all done in acrylic, it was quicker to do as there is no waiting for areas to dry, unlike oil paint.
The finished painting can be seen at a larger scale here.

Friday, 18 May 2018

Red Boat Wreck Southampton - acrylic painting

Red Boat Wreck Southampton - acrylic painting

landscape marine art M P Davey
Red Boat Wreck Southampton - acrylic painting

Painted in April 2018 the subject of this landscape painting are some of the boat wrecks to be found on this river in the city of Southampton. The river Itchen is host to many old and forgotten vessels, mostly small boats and rowing boats, some of which are now just the 'bones' of their former self.
The view shows two boats, one still painted red and has been converted to hold all sorts of pieces of wood and other junk on top of it. Possibly the boat is actually inhabited! As the river is tidal many wrecks are exposed on the mudflats when the tide is out and disappear when the water returns. In the distance can be seen Bevois Valley.
This acrylic painting measures 20” x 28” and is painted on thick watercolour paper.
A better view of the painting can be found on this link.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Working on closeup 42

Working on closeup 42

southampton tug artwork during painting
Marine ship painting WIP

  a small snippet of a marine based acrylic painting.....

 

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Working on closeup 41

Working on closeup 41

southampton common lake artwork in progress M P Davey
WIP lake oil painting
 A small snippet of an old painting of a lake...

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Spaceman With Space Station Orbiting Green Planet - WIP stages

Spaceman With Space Station Orbiting Green Planet - WIP stages

M P davey space exploration green planet digital illustration
stages of digital painting of spaceman with space station illustration
Completed in January 2018, this digital painting shows a space scene, very much portrayed with a retro, 1970s flavour. Depicted in the scene is an astronaut looking on as a small scout ship approaches him. The small ship has presumable come from the much larger space station in the background, orbiting a hazy, green planet.
The digital illustration was drawn in 'Auto Sketchbook Pro' , running on an android tablet. At a certain stage the file was then exported to a W10 computer running the same software. then, at a late stage the artwork is opened up in photoshop for final detail and colour grading.
The final image can be seen here in detail.

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Winter shopping season Southampton - oil painting

Winter shopping season Southampton - oil painting

winter shopping season oil painting Hampshire Martin Davey
Winter shopping season Southampton - 24" 36" oil painting
During very early 2018, the important Southampton City Art Gallery held an open exhibition where the theme was 'the seasons'. I created 3 oil paintings for this exhibition which were exhibited, and the one featuring in this post also won the competition beating over 500 other entries.

It shows a miserable, winters day in the middle of the shopping zone of Southampton City. It has been raining and members of the public have only the thoughts of shopping on their minds as they use the road crossing. One of the main features of the painting is the wet surfaces and puddles, that adds lots of visual interest to the scene in the form of reflections and damp surfaces.

The painting is done in oils on a canvas sized at 24” x 36”, and took approx 4 weeks to paint, during December 2017.
Details and pictures of the exhibition can be seen here.
The painting can be seen at a larger scale on this link.

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Spaceman With Space Station Orbiting Green Planet - digital painting

Spaceman With Space Station Orbiting Green Planet - digital painting

science fiction spaceman planet art M P Davey
Spaceman With Space Station Orbiting Green Planet - digital painting
There is a retro sci fi feeling to this illustration painted during January 2018, featuring a scene dominated by an astronaut in space, looking at an approaching scout vehicle. This craft has come from the much larger space station seen in the distance, and which is orbiting a hazy, green alien planet. There is evident visual influence from such productions as 2001 and space 1999 in this digital painting, made in 'Auto Sketchbook Pro' initially, with Photoshop used to finish off the illustration.

The illustration can be seen at a larger scale on this link.