This is the last painting for 2014, a small party blower sketch in oil on primed paper. If you suddenly have an impulse to do an oil sketch primed paper is wonderful; you can cut it to any size and proportion with just the snap of some scissors.
I posted it on Instagram and If you feel like following me my username is Willpaint.
I usually do a Christmas card to send out to our friends. I like to do our dogs and parrot in various Christmas situations but this year I had a cough at the critical moment when I should have been finishing the drawing and printing the card. Forgive my self pity but it made doing anything feel 10 times harder and I only got half way through drawing it before it became too late to send.
We had friends and children coming and I managed a couple of sketches of Shapes as gifts.
This one was for Joss, our friend Jonathon Bond’s black Labrador
These were for Iris, a blue, almost whippet, lurcher
For those unfamiliar with Shapes they are a kind of dog treat.
According to Pliny the Elder in 5th century BC Greece, the two artists Zeuxis and Parrhasius staged a contest to determine who was the greater. When Zeuxis unveiled his painting of grapes, they appeared so real that birds flew down to peck at them. But when Zeuxis asked Parrhasius to pull aside the curtain from his painting, the curtain itself turned out to be a painted illusion. Parrhasius won, and Zeuxis said, “I have deceived the birds, but Parrhasius has deceived Zeuxis.”
I tried my sketches on our dogs but sadly, as it turns out I have some way to go.
Happy New Year