Simon Bland

A Blog About Oil Painting

Winter Ferry Crossing - Light on the Water

by Simon Bland / Jul 20, 2017
Winter Ferry Crossing - Light on the Water

Like many of my recent landscapes, this started out as something different. I took a nice photo during a ferry ride to Bremerton in January. It had a soft, warm afternoon light, so that you might easily have thought it was taken on a summ...

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A Dog Portrait in Pencil

by Simon Bland / Jun 30, 2017
A Dog Portrait in Pencil

Nala. 14x11, pencil on Revere Silk printmaking paper (warm white). 2017 My wife gifted this to her boss's boss on his retirement. As it was done in secret I had to work from some fairly stinky photos, but I managed to piece them together just enough to get it done. It was the first time I've Revere ...

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Painting of a Seattle Neighborhood Street

by Simon Bland / Jun 24, 2017
Painting of a Seattle Neighborhood Street

Sunset on McGraw. 12x9, oil and cold wax on linen panel. 2017 It took a couple of tries to work out how to do this street scene. I first started it on a large panel, then scraped it off and started anew on a small panel. Switching to cold wax medium helped with layering effe...

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