Female Klimt Paintings

Female Klinmt Paintings

Klimt & The Cellist

Female art with a heavy Gustav Klimt influence.

This influence comes from recent exposure to the work of Klimt which I have always noticed but it has not  had a huge impact on me until recently. This artwork hopefully balances competent figure painting with the decorative aspects of the background. Being wary of using gold effect paint finishes.

I was confident in painting this figurative canvas that I wanted the figure painting to stand on it’s own merits and for the decorative elements to add to the impact of the overall piece of art rather than compete with the figure in the painting. It was a question of balance really.

Medium: Acrylic

Painting Dimension 36 x 24 inch deep edge box canvas

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Spiritual Art

Spiritual Art

Spiritual Art – Angel Of Light

Spiritual art  and the term “spiritual” can mean different things to different people. Beginning in 2009, I began to investigate some things more spiritual in nature. These translated into various canvases at the time. I am particularly proud of some of these paintings. Partly from a technical point of view and also the manner in which the paintings were constructed.

This canvas, Angel Of Light is based on a prayer I heard. I do not know the prayers origins but I believe it may be a translated version of an ancient Shamanic prayer –

Angel of light

My Guardian dear,

To whom God’s love

Commits me here,

Ever this day, Be at my side,

To protect and guard, to rule and guide.

These are the words also painted in gold inks at the top right hand corner of the canvas. It was suggested to me as I began to discover the power of all things esoteric including the Tarot, which affected later paintings, that the painting itself may actually have a power all of it’s own.

I cannot, of course confirm this !

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Female Contemporary Art

female contemporary art


This female contemporary art is of Monique who is a girl I just had to paint. She was so modern. The shadows falling across her face from her hair were what interested me from a painting point of view.

This canvas could very easily have been created in acrylic.  However, something made me want to work in oil for this one. Following completion of this artwork, I took the things I had learned in the process of it’s development and applied it to new areas of painting.

Female Contemporary Art

Much of my earlier canvases had a “design” lead feel to them, obviously harking back to my background in design and sometimes I like when there is a hybrid that seems to develop on canvas between painting and design. I believe that is what happened with this painting and some viewers of it have commented that it has a slight Manga feel.

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Female Oil Paintings

Female Oil Paintings

 Female Oil Paintings – Lionheart

Female oil paintings are always very involving and exciting to work on. This is the first in a new series of paintings which I have been working on for a while. This series has been based on some sketches which I have produced (please see the art blog) and also some other ideas.

Initially, this was intended to be a celebrity painting but I altered the features somewhat. When I am working on female oil paintings, it seems that I work in batches, working on several female paintings simultaneously.

Female Oil Paintings – A Series

The theme of this series is concerned with women and war iconography. I have been listening to Kate Bush’s work, including Lionheart and Army Dreamers and it has heavily influenced not only what I have been painting, but the way in which I paint.

Oh! England, my Lionheart,
I’m in your garden, fading fast in your arms.
The soldiers soften, the war is over.
The air raid shelters are blooming clover.
Flapping umbrellas fill the lanes–
My London Bridge in rain again.

Oh! England, my Lionheart!
Peter Pan steals the kids in Kensington Park.
You read me Shakespeare on the rolling Thames–
That old river poet that never, ever ends.
Our thumping hearts hold the ravens in,
And keep the tower from tumbling.

Oh! England, my Lionheart!
Dropped from my black Spitfire to my funeral barge.
Give me one kiss in apple-blossom.
Give me one wish, and I’d be wassailing
In the orchard, my English rose,
Or with my shepherd, who’ll bring me home.

Many people are proud of their heritage and I am no different but when I listen to Kate Bush singing “Lionheart” it almost makes me want to be English!

“Lionheart” is framed in a hand painted quality hardwood frame with gold slip.

Medium Oil on board.

Dimensions: approx, 19 x 25 inches.

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Ballet Paintings

Ballet Dancer Paintings

Ballet Dancer Paintings

Ballet dancer paintings are a subject I return to again and again. There is something really challenging about creating a ballet painting for me. If the figurative work is not correct then it can look really wrong. Even worse than in a standard pose. The shapes a Ballet Dancer make seem to exaggerate any flaws.

Just like in ballet dancing itself.

This painting is in acrylic and is all about the drama of the pose. This is exaggerated by the depth of the coloured background.  This painting is framed and glazed.

Painting size excluding frame, 16 x 12″

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Surreal Art

Surreal art

Surreal Art – Dream Boat

Surreal art comes from surreal dreams! Following a recurring dream, I decided to paint elements of the dream to see if it would make any more sense to me.

The dream involved being in the past and seeing an old looking liner. Every time I tried to board the liner, I would be late. There would then be an incredible looking, statuesque woman, who would tell me that I needed to stop worrying and that I did not need  to use that method of transport. She was surrounded by butterflies I finally had this dream interpreted and apparently, it was all about worrying about “missing the boat”.

Art Therapy

Although I do not know too much about art therapy, it would seem obvious to me that either writing about a dream or painting it could help to understand it. In my previous career I worked to multiple tight deadlines.  I really believe that this dream was all about the residue of this way of working. Although there are still deadlines in a career in the art world, there is more control over them. This is because they are self imposed to a greater extent.

I loved the imagery of the dream and although missing the boat seemed negative, the positive aspect of the female figure and the butterfly were all about alternative ways of getting to where you want to be.

I used a different quality of oil paint manufacturer for this painting. The difference was evident in applying and mixing the paint. The truth of “you get what you pay for” was evident.

I also enjoyed working on board as opposed to canvas and this is certainly something which I will experiment with.

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“Dream Boat is framed in a quality hand painted hardwood frame with gold slip.

Medium : Oil on Board

Dimensions: Approx 25 x 19 inches

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