Monday, 10 September 2012

A few new paintings

I'm trying to get some paintings and oil pastels done as I hope to hang them all in our local gastropub next month. I'm still exploring the idea of revisiting the moment when the photo that Richard Hamilton's 'Swingeing London 67' was based on, by finding other photos of the same or similar moments and doing paintings based on them. The latest one is above -- it's quite big, 100cm x 50cm, all painted in black and white.
The other three I've done recently, by contrast, are highly coloured. They're oil pastel over digital prints with that ghostly effect that I like so much where elements I've covered over show through.
I haven't had the last one framed yet.
I've made the beach deserted to show up the four figures more. It's funny because in the original photo that red canopied structure was solid with bodies sheltering from the sun and now it's empty.


LAC EMP 2020 said...

Jane, I feel a bit dim asking but how did you work in oil pastel over digital prints? Did you manipulate the images digitally to your own design, print out and then draw over or are they photos you've worked over? Your choice of subject matter is so clever and I am glad you are showing them to a wider audience in the gastro pub. I hope they'll have red dots on them by the time desserts are served!

menopausalmusing said...

Aha! I was just going to ask the same question re working over the digital prints. I clicked to get a closer look and liked the effect.

Jane Housham said...

The three colour pictures are done by scanning old postcards and then printing out unaltered blowups of the scans. Then I work over the entire surface with oil pastel, redrawing or deleting whatever I want to. So everything that was in the original is still there but it's all covered over with a layer of oil, thicker or thinner depending on the effect I want.

Joanna said...

Wow, these are stunning. Thank you for explaining the process, how interesting.