True Love II – New Painting

A few months ago I was commissioned to do a painting inspired by the poem called ‘The True Love’ written by David Whyte. If you haven’t already seen and read about the first ‘True Love’ painting I did – you gotta check it out – its such a touching story —> TRUE LOVE I.

I had originally created two sketches for my client at that time and she chose the sketch with the boat. However, I knew I wanted to make the other sketch into a painting one day as well and so awhile ago I started working on it. Then other projects came up, things got in the way and it wasn’t until today that I picked the piece up again and finished it off. Collage
The poem includes references to the Scottish Hebrides and so this new painting is inspired from various photographs I’ve seen of those lovely coastlines.



A Painted Process – New Piece!


Ruins, acrylic on canvas, 16″ x 36″ (Click on image to enlarge)

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This is the inspirational photo taken by my friend Preston. It was taken in the outer Hebrides (or Western Isles) of Scotland, and this area is on the SW portion of the Isle of Harris. Ceapabhal (keep-a-val) is the name of the mountain in the background.

This new painting was inspired from a photograph taken in Scotland by a friend. I love working from photos – they are definitely my greatest source of inspiration. Mind you, I rarely stick to an exact interpretation of the image, I like to use the photo as a starting point and then interpret the image in my style from there. As you’ll see, this painting actually gave me some grief along the way but in the end I’m really happy with it.


I don’t always do a sketch before I paint but with this piece I felt like I needed it. I use the sketch, along with the photo as a painting map.

I always create a painted sketch on my canvas before I begin – in the past I would use pencil but I much prefer having only paint on my canvas now.



Following my “sketch map” I started with the sky colour and then headed into detailing it.0003_Small

0004_Small I was relatively happy with the individual elements of the sky at this point but as I carried on I lost my way….0005_Small

The clouds and the sky had far too many individual elements – they clashed and I knew that once the detail was added into the land it would all become a little overwhelming…


So I painted back over my sky and then left it to sit for awhile – I needed a little separation from the piece before I could start over. It’s always somewhat disappointing when you have done so much work and you can’t help pining over the wasted paint (ouch…).


I mustered myself to start again in about a week or so and my secound attempt at the sky went much better. Phew! After that it was all uphill! 😀




Ruins, acrylic on canvas, 16″ x 36″ (Click on image to enlarge)

This painting is certainly a departure from my regular mountains and trees but I’m really happy with the colours, the flow, the lines and the billows of clouds. Art always look so much better in real life though – photos never quite do them justice.

I really hope you enjoyed seeing this painting and it’s process – thanks for following friends! 😀