Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Work In Progress

Rough Drawing - I can't think of a suitable title yet!
I've been so busy I have nearly forgotten about my blog! Hopefully this post will kick me into a blogging gear. As I type I am waiting for this painting to dry. I have applied a mixture of prussian blue and payne's grey on saturated paper in the hope of creating an atmospheric late evening background of fields and trees under a light dusting of snow. The finished scene will have Mole sadly recalling his old subterranean home and how he hasn't seen it for so long. The two friends are making their way back to Ratty's house, late on a winter's day, when Mole suddenly catches the scent of his home and becomes distraught. Ratty consoles Mole and quickly decides to find Mole's house in the hope of cheering him up.

I love sloshing watercolour around...

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Two Paintings In One

Double Jeopardy
Every now and then I like to create two paintings on the same piece of paper. It saves time, paper and water because I soak my watercolour paper in a water tray before taping it to the board to dry and stretch. It may be a time saver, but working like has risks. I must be very careful to protect the half I am not working on from moisture and paint. Thankfully Scotch Magic Tape is brilliant for masking watercolour paper without overly-damaging the paper underneath. Fortunately the tape also adheres to the plastic sheet I use to mask larger areas, which means I can fix the sheet in place and seal all the edges so there is little chance of water encroaching onto the painting.

This message is not sponsored by Scotch Magic Tape, although I wouldn't mind if it was (they could pay in rolls of tape).

Here are the finished 'The Wind In The Willows' illustrations:
'Walking Through The Village'watercolour and gouache
24 x 31cm
'Heard The News?'
watercolour and gouache
24 x 31cm

Friday, 22 February 2019

Open Edition Prints

Station Mouse
I've restocked a number of small and medium sized open edition prints, which are now available to buy on my website - https://www.chris-dunn.co.uk/prints. 'Station Mouse' 6x6" (15x15cm) for £7.50 + P&P.

Monday, 11 February 2019

Like Summer Tempests Came His Tears

'Like Summer Tempests Came His Tears' watercolour and gouache , 24 x 31cm
Another 'The Wind In The Willows' illustration, finished this morning and shared with the online world! Here Badger gives Toad some stern words, criticising his past behaviour and blaming him for the loss of Toad Hall. However, he also offers hope when he comes to explain there is a secret tunnel into Toad's old residence which they can use to flush out the wicked stoats, ferrets and weasels. Good old Mr Badger, I say!

I had plenty of fun adding the extra details to create a further narrative in the image, such as the oars above the fireplace and the framed map of the river and it's tributaries on the wall. Also, please take the time to read the newspaper headline, which harks back to the adventures of Toad.

There are also cameos for my Grandmother's caddy box on the mantlepiece and the obligatory cornishware mug on the table.

Monday, 21 January 2019

WIP 'The Last Train'

The Last Train WIP

Back to my challenging painting today. Originally I thought I would show the scene, of Toad hitchin' a ride on a steam train, under an overcast sky. For some reason I decided to attempt a cloudy sky at the end of the day, when the Sun is about to drop and blue reflected light is starting to take over just for a brief period until the Sun totally disappears below the horizon. Simple enough, until you factor in the platform lamps, which must be bright enough to stand out against the oncoming gloom but not be so powerful as to outshine the other two natural light sources.

As I said, this one is very challenging but is also an excellent opportunity to learn, which for me is the whole point. So back to it...

Saturday, 29 December 2018

Sketch 'Like Summer Tempests Came His Tears'

My sketch for 'Like Summer Tempests Came His Tears'. Badger has some stern words for Toad as the four friends formalise a plan to retake Toad Hall.

It was a lot of fun trying to visualise the inside of Ratty's home. I'm hoping once the colour work begins I can really play with the warm light from the fireplace and how it might cast interesting shadows on the wall and floor.

Monday, 24 December 2018

A Merry Christmas SALE

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year! If you feel like treating yourself to a post-christmas gift, please have a look at my online sale. There are over 90 different items that have been discounted.

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Pop-Up Shop and Exhibition Sat 17 Nov

I'm busy getting things framed and wrapped for my first show at the Tesco Superstore Showroom in Calne. It is very easy to get there and of course there is a huge free car park. From the outside, as you look at the front of the superstore, I will be in a large seperate room to the left which has its own entrance from the car park.

Here you can see the listing on calnewiltshire.com.

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

New Grimm's Fairytales Artwork

A short post for those who have not seen my latest output:
'The Fox and the Cat'
watercolour and gouache
24 x 13cm
'Shoemaking Elves'
watercolour and gouache
24 x 13cm
'The Raven'
watercolour and gouache
24 x 13cm
'The Cat and Mouse In Partnership'
watercolour and gouache
24 x 13cm
Some of you may have spotted these illustrations are all inspired by Grimm's Fairytales. I will be producing more illustrations based on the well-known tales very soon.

Monday, 17 September 2018

The Raven WIP

Sometimes I like to paint two paintings on the same piece of paper. Is it because I enjoy the jeopardy or am I frugal? You decide.

Both of these illustrations are for a small series of Grimm's Fairytales that I am producing. 'The Cat and Mouse in Partnership' on the left, and 'The Raven' on the right.