November 26, 2010

Sunny street - continuing

Today I put aside  my "Intruder!" painting and worked on my latest street scene. As ever, I try to keep the style of the spontaneous start. I stuck a list of reminders on the wall behind my easel to help. (see below)


70 x 50 cm -  oil on canvas
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The list is from the book Fearless Creating by Eric Maisel

Paintings by Peter Hobden

November 24, 2010

Intruder! - Raising my pulse.

This painting is beginning to raise my pulse. It is really going where I had hoped, though I would be hard pressed to describe where that is! Maybe something about fixing the viewer with a suspicion of mystery. Of course, I feel very connected to the subject ;). It is always difficult to imagine what others feel looking at my paintings.

It is by no means finished but it already has the feeling I want.

canvas 55 x 45 cm
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Paintings by Peter Hobden

November 22, 2010

Intruder! Painting in progress

A new painting in progress. Two stages from this afternoon. Lavender undercoat and sketch in acrylic then color in oil.


This one has been in my head for a while.

Who is the intruder?

Canvas 55 x 45 cm
Stage one - undercaot and sketch
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Stage two - blocking in color
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Paintings by Peter Hobden

November 15, 2010

#Artswap

David Pringle (@dpringle on Twitter) has organized, for the second time, an exchange of artworks between artists. He collects names and addresses of participating artists and then randomly attributes destinations where each artist will send his work on the date set in advance. This time round the deadline for posting is 17th of November.

If you want to keep an eye out for a next round of artswap or follow the pictures of the art as he puts them up visit David Pringle's site

This is my contribution, we are asked not to reveal the destination. I have packed the painting and will post it this wednesday.

Front
30 x 25 cm oil on birch ply
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Back


Paintings by Peter Hobden

November 10, 2010

Two small paintings and some self indulgence


Whenever I get self-indulgent in my studio, for example, being unsatisfied with the extent of my success as a painter as I was for  a while this afternoon, I have only to look up to the right of my easel to see this guy looking at me with, his attentive, intense gaze. No indulgence here but maybe a little compassion?

He tells me that I should re-focus on the present and get on with my painting: Trust the process.

And presently, that is what I do... after a while.

Here is the self-portrait on my website 




What I was working on when these doubts struck was another smaller painting, another nocturne, though earlier in the day than the previous one I did last week:

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A bit later, to stimulate my motivation, I started yet another smaller painting which, this time, is in full daylight, and another season further south:

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Paintings by Peter Hobden

November 5, 2010

New smaller painting - nocturne in progress

I will be trying to do 8 or 10 new smaller paintings for mid-December, in time for the local Christmas market. It may be a bit ambitious, as I will want to continue with my "normal" paintings as well, but it's a target.

Here is the first new one, a nocturne, that will need one more session.
Some of the white spots are shiny paint but some are actual pinholes in the paint that I will have to fix..

30 x 24 cm on birch ply
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a detail
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Paintings by Peter Hobden