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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

‘Running boar’ Painting 170917

I have long wanted to depict a wild boar, as painting or print, as my computer desktop testifies, with a folder entitled ‘boar hogs ref’ that has sat there, bulky with digital visual reference of boars in many forms for a few months now. To be honest, I like the idea of hunting one too. Like game fishing, an honest way of earning your bacon. Boars, unlike many other game quarry however, are fearless. They would square up to you in defiance if they found you threatening them or if you had the cheek to be in their territory and I respect that. Visually, they also look great - the stuff of legend, dark, matted coarse hair, thick with mud and sweat and the male boar sports sharp, intimidating tusks. They are built like a bull, all forebody, full of muscle up front and brave as you can be. I’d like to do a relief print at a later stage, (the boar’s textured pelt is perfect for a grainy print) but for now, with an evening to spare, I thought a quick loose watercolour painting would do the job nicely. (Original for sale: £75.00): petergander@gmail.com (prints may be available at a later date).





Leaving my reference at arm’s length, I like to draw my own version (i.e no tracing photos) using or re-using old paper.
Tracing the old-fashioned and unbeaten way
Tracing down onto Bockingford paper

Starting with a warm yellow fill with my squirrel mop brush 
(it holds bathfuls of liquid)
Yellow complete

Timing is everything in watercolour and a barely-visible sheen awaits before adding a dark body colour

My roof-suspended hairdryer helps drying along in my messy studio
Adding my favourite ‘Payne’s Grey’ leaving the warm yellow to shine through

Achieving that ‘grubby pelt look’, scratching away the paper’s surface to reveal highlights

Here I make a paper aperture (in this case used tracing paper) which keeps the surround clear of spatter...
Flicking paint across the boar in the direction of its movement adds dynamism and a dose of appropriate grubbiness

The final ‘Running boar’ ref:170920: 170mm x 120mm watercolour on 300gsm Bockingford ‘Gran Fin’ paper. • ORIGINAL FOR SALE £75
© Peter Gander




Stamford (Lincs) Map

Hand-drawn map of Stamford, Lincs.  © Peter Gander/Have a Gander
Hand-lettering, later comped in by computer  © Peter Gander/Have a Gander
Bath Row detail  © Peter Gander/Have a Gander

It wouldn’t be a ‘Gander’ without a fisherman...  © Peter Gander/Have a Gander
 
Traditional Lincolnshire specialities  © Peter Gander/Have a Gander
Equestrian cartouche with a couple of riders that look suspiciously like my wife and her friend Liz  © Peter Gander/Have a Gander


A nod to Monopoly’s icons, Water lane  © Peter Gander/Have a Gander


Mallard Court detail  © Peter Gander/Have a Gander
 
A woeful melon, perambulating down ‘Melancholy Walk’  © Peter Gander/Have a Gander


Our Liz, walking down ‘Queen’s Walk’  © Peter Gander/Have a Gander

Map of Canterbury, Kent


© Peter Gander/Have a Gander
Brewer slaking the thirsts of Canterbury dwellers  © Peter Gander/Have a Gander

A medieval picture wouldn’t be complete without a wild hog and cow
© Peter Gander/Have a Gander


I had to get a fish or two in there  © Peter Gander/Have a Gander

Canterbury’s Coat of Arms  © Peter Gander/Have a Gander

A potential husband displays his owl, (as you do), to a Kentish maiden
© Peter Gander/Have a Gander
Beer cart in ‘Beer Cart Lane’ (possibly off to The Foundry Brewpub, perhaps).
© Peter Gander/Have a Gander
Cockerel  © Peter Gander/Have a Gander
I do love a corvid. © Peter Gander/Have a Gander
Obligatory fish  © Peter Gander/Have a Gander
Farmhouse  © Peter Gander/Have a Gander
Maiden  © Peter Gander/Have a Gander

Tannery. When I was a student at Canterbury in the early 80s, you could smell the tannery from afar. It’s now long gone.
© Peter Gander/Have a Gander







Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Tea towel design (Jersey) for Proctor & Clark©

© Peter Gander/Proctor & Clark
Final mock-up of our jersey Tea Towel design for www.proctorandclark.co.uk (The brush pen Black Butter jar from the previous post is seen mid left).

Monday, November 21, 2016

That‘s shallot

© Peter Gander

© Peter Gander

Tickling out a quick lunchtime watercolour today of a shallot destined for a Thai duck curry tonight. The beauty of watercolour is in its speed for me. No, or very little, waiting time for stuff to dry. The only reason really that I ever took it up as it was so perfect for ‘lunchtime sketches’ working full-time in London.

That’s shallot



Tickling out a quick lunchtime watercolour today of a shallot destined for a Thai duck curry tonight. The beauty of watercolour is in its speed for me. No, or very little, waiting time for stuff to dry. The only reason really that I ever took it up as it was so perfect for ‘lunchtime sketches’ working full-time in London.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

‘Penny in the Fish’ handpainted faux vintage fairground sign


The original jestam boat cupboard lid found on the shore at Seasalter, Kent.

The reverse with latch

 I removed the brass latch

Starting to trace the area in which to place the design

The goldfish

Design complete 
Laying the design over the substrate to trace down

Testing the trace

A red biro shows up well in contrast to the pencil marks, useful for knowing where you’ve been

Design traced down

The original thumb-hole now painted in a rich copper colour

Adding white enamel paint

Embellishing with gold and black lines (pre-ageing)

The aged version

Faux wear marks where pennies hit the board

The final piece

Detail

Detail

Detail
Whilst walking the dog in Seasalter near Whitstable last Sunday, I found this hinged wooden boat storage lid washed up on the shore. The thumb hole gave me the idea that I could turn it into a vintage-style sign, purely for art’s sake, and the hole suggested a ball or coin game to me. Thus I came up with the ‘Penny-in-the-Fish’ idea as (certainly in the UK) a goldfish was a common prize at the fair. I imagined perhaps an old penny rolling down a wooden ramp to the target. The style is intentionally slightly unprofessional, to fit in with the naive look of the times. Mixed media on marine plywood.