I had a couple of jobs towards the end of last year, one was to paint the interior of a WC like a stormy sky, almost black with clouds looming menacing and dark. This is the before photo, I’ve just sanded it down to key the first coat of primer, incidentally I painted this WC along with the rest of the house in 1993! aaagh that’s 24 years ago!:
after one coat of the keying primer and the first coat of grey, chalk and charcoal sketching where I’ll place the clouds:
about 10 or so layers of thin washes and clouding, the darks get richer and deeper and it’s finished at last, this isn’t a terribly good quality photo sorry:
Another job was to paint 2 doors with studs. The doors were just plain wooden panelled doors, nothing special as doors go, and the owner wanted them to be perked up a bit and more interesting.
Then she asked me to trompe l’œil a hideous melamine cupboard as though it were stonework and make it melt into the wall:
The same client wanted as a Christmas present for her husband, a copy of an antique painting he’d seen and fallen for but could not afford, it was a 17 century portrait of a “lady dressed as Jezebel”. The image given me was of very poor quality, an iPhone screenshot, so I did my best to invent what I couldn’t make out; I started in monotone, which helps establish the tonal quality then moved to glazing various colours over and over many times as would have been the method of the time.
after a few colour glazes :
then I realised her face needed work after I’d coloured it, in my haste somehow I had entirely missed the facial shape in my original drawing up, so I had to correct it.
Here’s the final piece:
In between times I have tried to keep up with adding to my stock of small paintings, and here are a few.
and, back to interiors, a couple of colour sketches: