Posted by: kateduffy | September 4, 2008

Painting Of A Blonde Girl

Painting Of A Blonde Girl By Kate Duffy

Painting Of A Blonde Girl By Kate Duffy

This is my second painting of a woman, in what I hope to be a series of figurative paintings.  I’m going to complete a range of pictures in this style which I’ve achieved using a mix of acrylics and charcoal on stretched canvas.

It’s taken me ages to paint a face and facial expression that I was happy with.  She started off with red hair, turned blue during an impulsive phase before finally ending up with her current blonde barnet – and the face followed from there.  The girl is loosely based on someone I know, but she is intended to be more of a symbolic woman than a real life individual.

The picture was taken with my phone camera which is why it’s a bit grainy.  I’m hoping to get my hands on a decent digital camera soon, so I’ll be replacing it with a clearer version shortly!

Size: approx 125cmx75cm

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Posted by: kateduffy | May 26, 2008

Painting Of Beautiful Woman By Kate Duffy

Painting of a Beautiful Woman By Kate Duffy

“Beautiful Woman” – acrylic on stretched canvas, 2008 This painting of a beautiful woman was inspired by a photo composition. I decided to paint over an old city painting that I completed a few years ago – so started out by sketching the figure in charcoal over the city-scape. When I started filling in the portrait I decided that I wanted to integrate features from the city painting into the design (like the building facades), so you can see these peeping through in the top left and bottom right corners. It’s this integration that gives the picture a slightly abstract feel. Information about “Beautiful Woman”:

  • Acrylic on stretched canvas
  • 50cm x 75cm
  • 2008
  • Status:SOLD (£70)
Posted by: kateduffy | May 25, 2008

Abstract Painting Of A Tree

The Tree

“Upwards” – acrylic on stretched canvas, 2005

I completed this abstract painting of a tree after being inspired by Mondrian’s Grey Tree painting (image below) .

What really impressed me about the Mondrian painting was the sense of movement and growth that it conveyed. Rather than painting the tree itself, in his picture Mondrian has concentrated on painting the spaces in-between the branches – and the shape of the stretching limbs surfaces from within the myriad of white triangles and squares.

In order to capture that same movement in my painting I worked the paint very quickly, adding layer upon layer of colour before the paint dried, so that each segment of colour sits on top of the other, or merges into it – the earth sliding into the sky as the branches reach upwards.

Information about “Upwards”:

  • acrylic on stretched canvas
  • 25cm x 50cm
  • 2005
  • Status: SOLD

Grey Tree by Mondrian

Grey tree painting by Mondrian

Posted by: kateduffy | May 22, 2008

Painting of Clown Fish by Kate Duffy

Painting of Clown Fish

“For Nemo Lovers” – acrylic on stretched canvas, 2006

This is a painting of a mother and baby clown fish swimming through some sea anemones. I deliberately kept the background colours dark and fairly neutral so as to off-set the fish’s bright orange and white scales.

Information about “For Nemo Lovers”:

  • Acrylic on stretched canvas
  • 30cm x 60cm
  • 2006
  • Status: SOLD
Posted by: kateduffy | May 22, 2008

Painting of Lake Como in Italy by Kate Duffy

Painting of Lake Como Italy by Kate Duffy 06

“Varenna, Lake Como” – acrylic on canvas, 2006

Lake Como in Italy is one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. This painting is of Varenna, one of the small towns that sits on the edge of Lake Como.

I wanted to experiment with texture so I created this painting using large amounts of acrylic paint and a palette knife. Although it’s difficult to see the surface of the painting in this picture, in real life it is rugged and thick with slices of colour. Yum.

I also experimented with texture in my painting of Brighton Pier.

Information about “Varenna, Lake Como”:

  • Acrylic on stretched canvas
  • 75cm x 50cm
  • 2006
  • Status:SOLD
Posted by: kateduffy | May 22, 2008

Painting Of A Woman Drying Herself By Kate Duffy

Painting Of A Woman Drying Herself After A Bath By Kate Duffy

“Woman Drying Herself After A Bath 1” – acrylic on stretched canvas, 2007

This is my version of Degas’ Woman Drying Herself After A Bath. The original looks like it was created using oil pastels in subtle shades – I used acrylic paint instead and opted for some brighter tones to tie in with the woman’s red hair.

Information about “Woman Drying Herself After A Bath 1”:

  • Acrylic on stretched canvas
  • 50cm x 75cm
  • 2007
  • Status: For SALEBUY ON EBAY
Posted by: kateduffy | May 22, 2008

Degas Ballerinas By Kate Duffy

Ballerinas By Kate Duffy

“Resting Ballerinas” – acrylic on stretched canvas, 2007

This painting is based on one of the famous Degas Ballerinas paintings. I took a section of the original and reworked it in my own choice of colours – bringing in lots of gold and green touches.

I love Degas’ style of painting so watch out for more copy-cats, like my version of the Woman Drying Herself After A Bath.

If you want to take a look at more work by Degas the National Gallery site has a great collection.

Information about “Resting Ballerinas”:

  • Acrylic on stretched canvas
  • 25cm x 50cm
  • 2007
  • Status: For SALEBUY IT ON EBAY
Posted by: kateduffy | May 22, 2008

Painting Of Times Square New York By Kate Duffy

Painting of Times Square New York by Kate Duffy

“Times Square Thrill” – acrylic on stretched canvas, 2008

I took a trip to New York in March 2008 and the energy and colour of Times Square blew me away. I wanted to capture that frenetic energy … the flashing lights, the constant flow of traffic, the electric buzz, and hopefully I’ve succeeded!

This painting is a mix of acrylic and oil pastel. I used the oil pastel to build up bright layers of colour on-top of the acrylic because I could not get the intensity I was after from the paint alone.

Information about “Times Square Thrill”

  • Acrylic on stretched canvas
  • 75cm x 50cm
  • 2008
  • Status:For SALE
  • Suggested price: £59.99. Find out how to BUY

If you like this picture you might also like my Painting Of Brighton Pier

Posted by: kateduffy | May 20, 2008

Painting of Brighton Pier Sunset by Kate Duffy

Painting of Brighton Pier Sunset by Kate Duffy

“Brighton Pier Sunset” – acrylic on stretched canvas, 2006

I painted this Brighton Pier sunset back in 2006. It’s still one of my favourite paintings because it took several attempts to really capture the kinesthetic mood I was aiming for. There are about three other paintings hidden underneath the final version which ironically are what help to give the finished painting a wonderfully textured surface.

Information about “Brighton Pier Sunset”:

  • Acrylic on stretched canvas
  • 75cm x 50cm
  • 2006
  • SOLD

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