Author: Greg Smith

Jasper in Oils 2 – A Gessobord Experiment

I’ve had a postcard size (7″ x 5″) Gessobord panel knocking about since I bought it a couple of months ago. Having read a lot about this support I wanted to give it a go, mainly to see how it is compared to my home made panels. View this post on Instagram Got a postcard sized gessobord sample by @ampersand_art to try out today. What's your favourite oil painting surface? A post shared by Greg Smith (@greg_creates) on Feb 11, 2017 at 3:45am PST The surface isn’t as smooth as I expected. It has a tooth, albeit extremely fine,...

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Coffee Pot in Oils on Panel

I borrowed this little coffee pot thinking it was an interesting and intricate enough thing to paint on its own, allowing me to focus on the details. With all these dark January evenings, it’s easy to control the lighting conditions so I was able to make it shiny and high contrast in a shadow box. I tried to paint as directly as possible with minimal blending, but it ended up quite smooth with crisper edges than my usual paintings. It’s 18″ x 12″, painted in oils on panel. View this post on Instagram Currently on the easel #workinprogress A...

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Carrie Fisher in Charcoal on Toned Paper

After watching the excellent Rogue One this Christmas, I ended up watching all the other Star Wars films in order (even including the ones with Jar Jar Binks!). I’m now much more of a fan than I’ve ever been. I wasn’t going to jump on the bandwagon and draw Carrie Fisher but I saw a photo on Facebook which was such an interesting portrait I just couldn’t resist. Charcoal on toned Strathmore...

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Nature With Grandma – My Mum’s 60th Birthday Present

It’s my Mum’s 60th birthday so I decided to paint my favourite photo of her with her twin granddaughters (my nieces). I love the light in the photo and thought it was a good opportunity to vary the thickness of the paint to vary the depth and texture across the piece. There was also a lot of detail in the focal point which I wanted to capture. This took about 10-12 hours in total to complete and is oil paint on panel, 18″ x 12″. View this post on Instagram I painted this over many sessions. Here it is...

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