Thursday, July 28, 2011

Botswana Cowboys in progress.

 Well this painting is taking its time , probably because, first it is big ,second because I have been so busy that I just haven't had time to sit down and paint .In fact I have only done 4 painting sessions on this so far.I still have lots to do, but I thought I might post this so that at least you know what I am doing.
I am also busy sending two paintings (Leaping and a hopping over Kubu Island ,and Savuti Elephant) to Gaborone tomorrow ,to join the Thapong members Exhibit.I am also getting three other paintings(Stripes running free,The Donkey Riders ,and.Clash of the Titans. ) framed and ready for an Exhibit here in Maun which will be held during August.The exhibit that we are having here in Maun is made up of Local artists,one of the artists that I have already met is a sculptress, she carves beautiful art out of natural hard woods that she finds lying around in the bush around Maun, see her work at Christiane Stolhofer wood sculptress .

 Just a taste will update as more progress is made.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

How I use Adobe Photo Shop to create better reference photos .

Have you ever searched through your reference photos for something to paint and thought.. Oh if only this photo had something extra in it ,or, I wish there wasn't that distracting element in it ? Well with Adobe Photo Shop you can manipulate your photos any way you want to. Often I have found photos that I want to combine, in fact ,if I do use photos as reference for a painting it will never be based just on one photo but rather of two or three.

Below are two photos that I had taken in the same village,I loved this little blue shop and really wanted to paint it but I felt that it needed something else.On the way to the village we had passed a family in a donkey cart.Pointing my little digital camera out the side window I took a quick snap shot as we drove passed.The photo of the donkey cart and family was not straight which was not surprising ,due to the way it had been taken. 

I had a couple of problems with combining the two photos .(1) The donkey cart was crooked and it looked like it was going up hill.(2) The shadows in the donkey cart photo was falling in the opposite direction to the blue shop .(3) In the original photo the donkey cart and family were so small that they would appear as miniatures next to the blue shop.Using Adobe Photo Shop I was able to .

(1) Straighten and crop the donkey cart photo.(2) Invert the donkey cart photo so that that the shadows were now falling more or less in the same direction as the blue shop.(3) Finally I cut out the donkey cart the family and its shadows and pasted it in the blue shop photo,I also enlarged the donkey cart to the right size so that it would look like it belonged next to the blue shop. I also used the paint tools to paint in shadows,and to paint over objects in the photo that I did not want ,like the donkey that was standing under the tree.

               Now I had a photo to work from which I did not have before .

       The finished oil painting . Titled. ( Father and son at Bodibeng Village)


Monday, July 4, 2011

Flamingoes at the Makgadikgadi salt pans

Well ,I have finally got round to posting something.I have been down with some sort of flu,but have just finished the second course of antibiotics,and am feeling much better.Unfortunatly I have not got anything new to post yet, the flamingo painting above  is a oil painting that I did some time ago . But I have started a new painting, it is quite LARGE and is of two Botswana cowboys on horses. I have only done the under painting  but will post the results soon.I hope to submit it to the Thapong Visual Arts Awards which will be in Gabarone ,held near the end of the year. Have a look at what I submitted last year at Thapong Visual Art Awards.