The Renaissance Workshop

When I think about what is probably my favourite era of history; the Renaissance period, aside from the superhuman skills and mastery of most of the artists alive in that era, one of the things that I find the most inspiring is the concept of La Bottega, or the workshop.

The Renaissance was undoubtedly one of the most profound moments of enlightenment, discovery and achievement in human history and a big part of me thinks that something that helped enhance the creativity of this period was the workshops.

Raphael - The School of Athens - 1509-11
Raphael – The School of Athens – 1509-11

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The Lord of the Rings Project – Part VI

After a long and turbulent journey through my Lord of the Rings Project we have finally reached the end of the road. It started off as just an idea and some simple sketches, gradually evolving into a depiction of my favourite scene from the narrative, invented and recorded by the genius J.R.R. Tolkien, then brought to life in the cinema by Peter Jackson.

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Time to Happen to Things…

“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”

– Leonardo da Vinci

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the future of my artwork and where I intend to take it when the time comes; the steps that I need to take in order to eventually turn my artistry into a business and livelihood. These thoughts can at times seem daunting or like an immense challenge and in many respects they are; equally though there is nothing in life that I can think of that is rewarding without being challenging in some way.

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The Lord of the Rings Project – Update III

So, here we are at Update III and now fast approaching the end of the painting and the culmination of the project. If you have missed the previous parts of this project, they can all be found by Clicking Here.

sam carrying frodo - wip - oil painting - lord of the rings art

As is evident from the picture, I still have a fair amount of colour to add to the figures’ clothing and the flesh tones need to be painted again with more of an orange-red hue due to the light that’s hitting them. Once that’s done I’ll be working on the finer details and highlights and then calling it a day; well I say that now but I’ll probably keep finding more to add to it. It’s hard not to overwork a piece and it takes a real discipline to work it to a finished enough stage and leave it.

With that in mind, I doubt that I’ll post another update now until the piece is finished and I’m aiming to have it finished within two weeks, I’m still not overly good with timing myself with this yet, mainly due to being new to oil painting; and for my first artwork created in oils I’m very happy so far despite the odd mistakes and problems I’ve encountered a long the way.

Thank you for taking the time to have a look at my work; I’ll still be posting regularly on Wednesdays and so until next time, take care!


Romans 12:12

Romans 12:12 - Watercolour, Charcoal, on A4 Watercolour Paper
Romans 12:12 – Watercolour, Charcoal, on A4 Watercolour Paper

Romans 12:12 – Rejoice in the hope. Endure under tribulation. Persevere in prayer.

This piece of work took me about 4.5 hours to complete, I started by giving the paper a wash with yellow ochre watercolour, to give a kind of aged look to the surface I was to draw on. I then sketched out my wife’s hands in a praying position, using charcoal. I had to work from a photograph after the initial sketch so I worked all the detail and tone from photo, and heavily defined every line I could see clearly on the hands.

The title of this piece, is a scripture that I found afterwards that I thought to be quite fitting in more ways than one and I hope that the image conveys the meaning clearly.