Review of my dear friend Elizabeth Eluik’s new adult colouring book.
Fabulous book! The well executed and detailed drawings are a delight!! This book would be an ideal gift for yourself or for the gardeners you know. Perfect to while away the winter evenings snug in front of a fire, when it is too cold to garden for real. Wonderful for those gardeners who are now not as active as they once were. Its easy to lose yourself in the detail of the pages, and I liken it to taking a journey into an enchanted realm, one where we see the details of nature which we are often too busy to see in daily life, suddenly appear in all of thier glory. There is a lushness in the drawings which makes it easy to lose yourself in, much like becoming a tiny being, having an adventure in a new land of luxurious and verdant growth, where each new thing you encounter, is a thing of wonder and beauty. Well done Elizabeth; this new book is sure to give many hours of pleasure to a lot of people.
This is a prototype for dressed animal portraits which I am thinking of doing a series for, entitled Meet the Ancestors (AKA rogues gallery) We have all probably at some time, wished we could live in a stately home with hundreds of years worth of worthy ancestral portraits lining the walls. This is the first proof of the first in a set of 3 or 4, using my own dogs as prototypes. This original set featuring my own dogs, will probably become a set of greeting cards or postcards at a later date, after much refinement. However, if you are interested in having a rogues gallery of your own, featuring your beloved pets, dressed in costume which has personal meaning to you, or to the character of your pet, do please get in touch with me.
This particular painting is loosely based on a distant ancestor of mine, who was originally a navel Captain in the American revolution, but later became a privateer, ‘working’ along the Atlantic coastline of eastern USA. My gentle lurcher has a face which is permanently guilty, and fearful looking, so I thought the two would go well together.
These little paintings take about 15 to 20 hours each to complete, and will look great as a set of 3 or 4, in ornate gilt frames. Each painting is on board, and about 5.5 x 9 inches.
Acrylic paint on a wooden panel. Approx 8″ x 10″. Thirty plus hours of work has went into this painting of a highland deer. This has a background which I have deliberately kept simple and rough, with the emphasis being kept on the many layers of paint which I used to build up his features and fur texture. This fine fellow has now went to live in Scotland, where he reigns, not over a highland glen, but over a rustic stone fireplace instead! Prices for similar work by commission by request; please email me for further information.
As seen in progression sketch to finish.
5″ x 9″ painted onto wooden panel. Bon chance in the game of life!
Each one of these mini portraits takes me approximately 15 hours to complete. No shortcuts taken. I am a traditional artist using time honoured methods. I do not rely on gadgets and gimmicks, but produce my artwork sorely through my eye and hand control.
Here’s a painting I did a while back, but I wasn’t fully happy with it so have went back and reworked it somewhat now. It’s heavy body acrylics, used undiluted straight from the tube. Painted onto a hardboard panel and it is approximately 18″ x 24″ as I recall.