Portraits and life
I started working on portraits again. I had taken a couple of months hiatus, after returning from Israel, as I had other projects that were really demanding, one being wrapping up my Master's degree, last week.
|Study of Val, torso, and buttocks|
Conte on Arches tinted paper
16" x 20
|I always end up covered in my medium!|
|"Study of nude and the old barn (textures)" by Hilary J. England|
oil on canvas, 16" x 20", 2019
Here is the finished painting, 12” x12” oil on hardwood gallery wrapped panel. The sides will be painted white, so it will have a beautiful modern feeling to it and will hang wired and unframed.
I really enjoyed to do this painting— it was a change painting on the wooden panel and the super smooth surface was a pleasure to paint on. I love conveying different textures, and when painting on a very smooth surface, all the depth and textural dimensions are left for my own creation, which is very enjoyable.
The Robin was in all the purple flowers and ground cover, so I gave it a minimalist, dreamy, sort of ethereal background, to keep focus on the curious robin.
I gave my robin a look of curiosity— they are very smart birds! I don’t think that the average bird is worthy of lesser treatment than the “average” person. Sure, a robin may not be a fancy schmancy bird, any more than an average person isn’t some fancy schmancy “celebrity”— but I find the humble even more beautiful than the peacocks of the world. I’ve always been attracted to that— the quiet beauty of humble objects, people, landscapes— their beauty is magnificent— and I like to treat it as such!
Cheers to the beautiful, mundane robins of the world ❤️❤️
|"Mt. Tabor and the Megiddo Valley in bloom" by Hilary J. England|
Oil on canvas, 16" x 20"
Mt. Tabor and the Megiddo Valley
When I was in the Megiddo valley, it was unusual that the valley was in such a full bloom, but the rains had been unusually heavy for the month before my arrival, and the valley was a carpet of colorful wildflowers: Poppies, Queen Anne's lace, and an assortment of yellow hued posies -- just wonderful!
The original painting I did was small and lean -- I had no time to get too fanciful, so with the acrylics drying as I was painting, I tried to capture the essence of the dreamy scene -- some haze still lingering in the distance, lending to the scenery an ethereal quality. It was hard to believe that this would be the scene of a great battle someday.
Oils versus Acrylic
Acrylic is extremely lean and spare, so the ability to paint in oil was wonderful. The acrylic dries extremely quickly, whereas the oil can be made to stay "juicy" for more than a day, allowing for wonderful, thick strokes and working alla prima (fresh on the canvas). I just love acrylic and there really is no other medium like it to me, not to knock anyone that loves acrylics.
In the end, I was just looking for an excuse to relive the lovely scene in the valley 💖
|Royal Beach, Tel Aviv|
|Enjoying the beautiful day on the beach!|
|Late night travelers in Ben Gurion|
|The ruins of Caesarea and Herod's Summer Palace|
|In the underground sea grottos of Rosh Hankira|
|The views from B'hai Gardens, top of Haifa|
|"Impending storm- Sea of Galilee" acrylic on canvas panel, 8" x 11"|
|"Flowers and sun on the Jordan River" acrylic on canvas panel, 8" x 11"|
|Inside Christ's Garden Tomb|
|View from the Southern Rampart, Jerusalem Wall|
|View back to Jaffa Gate on the rampart corridor|
|Nazareth, campus of the Church of the Anunciation|
|Views from St. Peter's Primacy Church, Sea of Galilee|
|"The Garden Tomb at Easter" by Hilary J. England|
Acrylic on canvas panel, 12" x 16"
|"Birds in the Garden" by Hilary J. England, Acrylic on canvas panel, 12" x 16"|
"Portrait of Joey" by Hilary J. England, oil on canvas, 12" x 16" 2019 Portraits and life I started working o...