Monday, 27 August 2012

Two steps forward.... step back.

So much for being on the mend. Since my last post my artistic output has been Nil. Zilch, Zero, Nada. That's what you get for bragging. Ah well, after two weeks of being poked, prodded and scanned the medical profession have finally come up with an answer and it's now official, I'm another step down the path towards being a doddering, decrepit old fart (who said I'm already there?). Oh well, more bloody tablets to try and remember to take. Hopefully I'll now get chance to come and visit more blogs, and actually have the energy to comment.

Anyway, moving on...

In my last post (you know the one where I said I was on the up) I showed you a background for a picture I'd been prodded to paint. Well, I've now managed to get a bit further with it.
So far it's not too bad, a quick sketch, a bit of gesso, and then some underpainting. There's also a hint of a face in there, but that's the scary bit, so it will be left until last. This is me going out on a limb. I've done the occasional bit of painting before, but nothing as detailed as this, and I really want to get this right. No pressure then!


In other news......
I had dinner (tea) at my daughter's today, and had a nice long chat with my eldest granddaughter about art and GCSE's. She's just scooped 4x A* in Art, plus another 4 As in other subjects, and nothing lower than a C. She's about to go to college to study art.
*Proud Grandad moment*


  1. Welcome back Nigel! I love where you're going with this picture, and am glad to see you around, but hope you take care of your health first and blog ... last. :)

    Congratulations to your granddaughter ... obviously her awesome granddad is a big influence!

  2. Looking good Nigel, look forward to seeing the finished result.

    Congratulations to your daughter I wish her much look
    suzi b :)

  3. Thank you for making me smile sharing your Grandad moment Nigel...your gd comes by her talents honestly ... apple not falling far from the tree and all :)

    Not always fun taking your medicine, but do what you have to do to keep up your quality of life Mr!!!
    Seriously hoping you continue to feel much much better.

    I was already behind at keeping up with our creativity...what will it be like now with your new lease on life!

    Painting faces terrifies me...
    Seeing your fab portrait in this stage makes me feel not alone...
    I think you'll do a marvelous job ... the first strokes are the
    hardest *ggg*
    Take care my friend!

  4. It's so cool that your granddaughter is following in your art footsteps--congrats and good luck to her. Hope you're feeling better very very soon!

  5. Already this painting is very cool so am looking forward to how it progresses.

    I sympathise with the lack of creativity am in the same boat here. Am hoping when bubby comes in October I will suddenly have more energy (why does everyone laugh when I say that??)

    Many congratulations to your granddaughter - we have those exams to look forward to with my eldest this year :) She's been going round taking photos all holidays for her Urban Landscapes art project.

  6. What wonderful news about your granddaughter - and that you've got the art bond! This painting is fabulous- I love how you've detailed the pose! Hope you're feeling better soon!

  7. You have left the difficult part until the end. The face is the most tricky, that is true; but, I am sure you will cope!
    Good news about your granddaughter....what an exciting step she is taking. (You may be able to give her some tips!)
    Don't forget your tablets ;)
    Take care!

  8. congrats on the Grandad moment... nice... and it wasn't me who said you were already a doddery old fart... it was someone else... and even if you do get to be an old fart you will be an old fart who has great taste in music and is a bloody legend at drawing and painting... nice work on the jacket and how she is standing... it is spot on
    and get better!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. You know Nigel... this could've been a painting in itself - you already know that, right?
    Thrilled to hear about your granddaughter going to college to study art!! You'll be a great influence, i'm sure. Keep painting, dude... xox

  10. Hi Nigel, thank you for stopping by my blog. I am happy to have met you and have enjoyed perusing your blog and artwork. =))

  11. hi Nigel, thanks for visiting my blog, this gives me a chance to view your art, I am admirative (I used to waterpaint in a former life, but I stopped...)
    I love your lady, even with such a light face !
    and - as far as I understand - love the way you write..
    see you

  12. hi Nigel, glad you visited my blog, giving me the opportunity to visit yours !
    I love your painting, even though your lady has a light face ;-)
    and - as far as I understand - love the way you write !
    see you

  13. I love your painting just the way it is! So sorry to hear about your health issues...feel better soon.

  14. P.S...I thought I already left a comment on this post, but didn't see it so I left another one. Then I saw that you moderate comments, so my first one (the one I'm not sure I left) might still be in the queue. Ha! Sorry if I over-commented!

  15. I do like your industrial canvas! You have given me an idea.