This is the Blog of artwork by Martin Davey. The artwork is a mixture of digital illustrations created in Photoshop, and paintings created on canvas using oil and acrylic paint media. The entries give some idea of the dates of completion, and influences and inspirations if any. The work is not listed in any particular order or time frame though generally the more recent work is at the start of the blog.
My two main websites are www.martindaveyfineart.co.uk, and www.martindaveyillustration.co.uk.
This image shows a work in progress on a painting of the stern of a boat laid up at Shamrock Marina, Southampton. The River Itchen would be behind the viewer. It is a 20" x 16" painting, done in acrylics on an old canvas I had lying around, one of a number that needed to be used up. I had tried to do a sketch originally on my Surface pro Tablet but although I did manage to do a sketch it proved difficult to do because of the daylight shining on to the screen so you could not see what you were doing. I went back the following day and took a photograph of the scene with the plan of doing a painting anyway. You can see the three stages involved with the final result on the last panel. I tend to work from a red ground for most of my paintings. I tried to keep it quite loose but I found myself getting to use ever smaller brushes for the details to show the construction of the vessel. It is still quite loose for me however and does skip some details. The painting was done in late September 2015, my first painting at this size for about a year. The finished painting can be seen here. #boat #painting #industry #WIP #art
This painting shows a view of a number
of boats, some of them wrecks, on the River Itchen in Southampton,
Hampshire. It is based on a number of photographs taken from Northam
Bridge and looking toward the hilly suburb of Bitterne. The time is a
summer evening with calm waters and the tide going out from this
tidal estuary section of the river, revealing a land of mud and algae, and long lost sunken boats. The late evening light gives the
scene a slight golden glow.
The painting is done in acrylics on a
canvas board measuring 20” x 16”, and was painted in autumn 2014.
This image shows a WIP of a small painting, 8” x 10” of a propeller on a boat undergoing restoration. I had done a small digital sketch about 2 weeks earlier here, but this was to be a painting done in acrylics. The initial stage of the painting in red ground with the drawing traced out in brown acrylic paint is on the left. In the middle is a halfway stage with most of the elements in the scene blocked in with some acrylic paint. The right hand image shows the finished painting. I intended to do the painting quite loosely so I used quite largish brushes on this small canvas to stop me from getting in to details with little brushes. Dominant brush strokes and dabs of colour was the intention here. I spent about 4 hours painting the image, after about ½ hour drawing out the subject. #boat #art #painting #boatyard #propeller
This small digital was done one Friday evening in
late September when there was an unexpected Indian summer bathing the
country in fine sunny weather. I took my little stool and the surface
pro computer with me, to sketch this little scene from Shamrock Quay, in Southampton, looking over the River Itchen toward Bittern
on the other side. The weather was pleasant and I was hoping the
later in the day lighting conditions may enable me to look at the
screen more clearly on the Surface pro's glossy screen, a constant problem with out door digital art work. Sadly it made
no difference and I still could not see exactly what I was doing, but
something did come out at the end of the day. I think the sketch does
give a little of the atmosphere of the late afternoon light just
beginning to darken for the evening. Boats sitting on water are
eternally appealing anyway.The software used on the tablet was 'Auto
Sketchbook pro'. #digital #sketchbookpro #hampshire #boats #art