First I'd like to thank those who gave suggestions for my missing image problem. It seemed to resolve itself, but it may occur again so I shall look into all that was suggested.
As I haven't been able to buy new canvases to do more paintings of late I've started to think about other things I can do in the meantime. Before I started my recent development in painting with acrylics I was trying my hand at digital art using photoshop. I produced some illustrations I was very pleased with but was dissatisfied with how long they took to complete - from 2 weeks to a couple of months. Now I have been learning quick and effective painting techniques with acrylic I might be able to combine that with what I already know about doing digital art. I did a little tester to see if it could work and discovered that with some custom made brushes in photoshop, I should be able to apply what I have learnt with acrylics to a digital medium.
Below is the little tester I did. It's a ten minute doodle of some clouds, because I really like doing clouds.
It seems that I have reached the limit of my allotted bandwidth at photobucket, so all my images are no longer showing. This is very unfortunate because displaying my paintings is the entire point of this blog. I shall endeavour to find a solution to this problem as quickly as possible.
If you are new to my blog or returning to view paintings they can be found on my deviantart site, alongside my many photographs. They are also available to view and, if you so desire, purchase on my etsy site.
This was another experiment using several photographs from a family members recent holiday to Wales. It is probably my most successful experiment to date.
Over the course of painting these last six I have showcased here, I feel that I have grown significantly as an artist. I have learnt some very helpful techniques and approaches that allow me produce better paintings. I have also learnt how to create effects and images that I haven't tried before, even if there is a certain amount of trial and error. With my previous approaches to paintings I would either have significantly less detail in my work or spend months on one painting. Now I feel more confident as an artist and hope that this is reflected in these recent paintings.
My initial plan was to do a lot more foreground in this painting, but when I got to this point and looked at the reflection effect I achieved I was loathed to paint over it and just tidied up some background details.