Sunday, 18 July 2010

Steel Worker

Here is something radically different for me. I wanted to experiment with lights and darks, in fact, I wanted to try and create 'dazzle'. This subject fitted the bill perfectly, though I usually back away from painting people. So this one proved to be a double challenge.

I have to say that I'm quite pleased with it in general. As always, there are things that didn't work quite as well as I'd hoped, and there are things I'd do different next time. But I guess that's the nature of our art. Are we ever totally satisfied? We certainly never stop learning.


  1. WOW! This is wonderful. You certainly mastered capturing the lights, and I love the back lighting behind the figure. Your figure is also good. An award winning piece.

  2. Wow! Wow! Wow! This has to be your best yet!!! This is absolutely amazing! I can almost feel the heat radiating from this painting! John, I am SO impressed!

  3. Wow, this is strong stuff John - looks like mixed media. Much kudos for this one.

  4. "Quite pleased"!!!

    This is beautiful. You've been doing some stunning work recently John.

  5. You guys are just great - such a wonderful inspiration.

    Jean, I wasn't sure about the backlighting behind the figure at first, but I'm quite pleased with the way it's worked.

    Sandra, I'm glad you like it - it was certainly something different for me.

    Frank, it is only very slightly mixed media. I used white acrylic to add the sparks.

    Keith, I got into a rut doing buildings and it feels great to be trying new things.

    Thank you all for taking the time to visit and comment. It's greatly appreciated.

  6. And another Wow! I can only echo what everyone else has said John. I love your new style!