Some people have asked me if I sell prints of my paintings, which I don't. The reason for this is because texture is a big part of my work and prints would not be able to show this.
I use palette knives in all my paintings, some built up more than others, but there is always a part of the painting which will have a "3D-ness" to it.
Here are photos of some of the paintings which show the texture of the paint from different angles.
Another reason why I like the effects that palette knives give is that from whatever angle you look at the painting from, it will always look slightly different because of the way that the paint has built up at different levels. This means that the painting will always give a unique look to each viewer, depending on where they are standing and looking at the painting.
While thinking about how I could promote my artwork and get people to understand the stories behind my paintings, I decided that writing a blog would help me to interact with more people.
The aim is to give some insight into what happens "behind the scenes" and what inspires me to create my artworks.
For my first post, I want to show the original photos i've taken that have helped to inspire some of my paintings:
This is a photo I took in Rajasthan in 2011. I couldn't have asked for a better set up, with the brush and the sandals put to the side and her face partially covered. I also love how the blue colour from the sari stands out against the yellow background.
I initially started the painting with the idea of including the whole background door and wall. However, once I has started, I felt that there was too much yellow of the wall and decided it would be better to focus more on the lady herself. I started the painting again and decided to crop out most of the background and make her the centre of the painting.
I felt much happier painting a close up of the lady as it meant I could focus on the little details, such at the gold nose ring and the bangles.
What I love most about this photo is that you can't see the ladies eyes. This means that anyone that looks at this painting is left mystified as to what she looks like and what she's thinking about.
It's always nice when paintings can make your imagination run wild!
"An Afternoon is Paris" was the first painting I did in the black and white series. I created this by merging two photos that I had taken in Paris in 2010.
The texture of the trees along with the bright colours of the clothes really stand out and give the painting a unique look.
Again, looking at the Eiffel Tower from behind the people in the painting, lets the audience use their imagination as to what they may look like from the front.