...Gower inspired fine art by Jason Shepherd...An Artist’s journey around the Gower Peninsula

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Rhossili Bay and Gustav Klimt

My latest painting focuses on the sweep of Rhossili Bay in the Gower Peninsula. A large part of the image focuses on a large craggy cliff. Seeing this cliff when making my preliminary sketches made me think of the beautful shapes within Gustav Klimts famous painting 'The Kiss'. I decided to paint the cliff part of the painting using shapes reminiscent of the cloak in 'The Kiss'. I also used bold colours and textures within the painting to emphasise the strength and beauty of Rhossili Bay

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Childrens Book Illustration

I've just finished writing a childrens story based around the Gower Peninsula. I'm going to start illustrating it tomorrow. So check in every few days and i'll add the images on here as and when I finish each image.

Sunday, 5 September 2010

Episode 1a - Exploring Southgate and Pobbles Bay

Each episode is in Two Parts. In part one we explore an area of the Gower Peninsula. In part two we look at a variety of painting techniques to help you paint your perfect landcsacpes in watercolour and Acrylics.

Episode 1a: Pobbles Bay is a small secluded Bay next to Three Cliffs Bay which shares a large rock that separates the Bays known as Three Cliffs. This video is my journey from Southgate across the Cliffs down to Pobbles Bay. Taking in the beautiful scenery along the way.

Episode 1a

Saturday, 4 September 2010

New Podcast

I've just started a new Podcast to show people my paintings, teach them how to paint and to showcase the beautiful and scenic Gower Peninsula. Each episode will be distributed in two separate parts. Part 1 will showcase a specific Part of the Gower Peninsula and Part 2 will demonstrate a variety of Painting techniques. The episodes are edited into two parts so those people that only want to see the Gower (rather than learn to paint as well) only have to download one part. Hope you'll subscribe. it's gonna be a fun ride.


Monday, 2 August 2010

Gower Artist on Facebook

I've just started a Facebook Page showing a variety of my paintings and photographs. If you would like to have a look go to: http://tinyurl.com/33vzx5e

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

To Triptych or not to Triptych?

 So my lovely wife's birthday was coming up and I asked her what she would like for her birthday this year. I normally by her something she has been wanting for a while and a surprise present.  This year I was the one to be surprised, as she asked me to paint something for her. I shouldn't have been surprised of course as she's my biggest Art fan. As this is her first birthday since we have been married (7 months and counting) I wanted the painting to be even more special so I decided to paint a triptych.

There is something special about a Triptych (definition of Triptych at bottom of blog entry). It can be used in a variety of ways. For example one painting in three sections or as I had chosen to do, three themed images. The theme would be our favourite elements/places of the Gower.

So here's the centre part of the Triptych (see above :-)). It's a painting of Pwll Du Bay. I've painted it once before but this painting is from a different angle and a completely different painting and drawing style. 

Here's the original painting I did 18 months to two years ago. A much more traditonal style but with some originallity in the use of texture and materials (watercolour used like Oil Paints)... I hope.

For those who don't know the term.Triptych is defined in the Oxford University Press as: A picture consisting of three parts and denoting both the object itself and its compositional form. As an object the triptych may vary in size and material, but usually consists of a central panel flanked by wings (or shutters), which may be hinged; as a compositional form it is a tripartite structure, often with an emphasized central element. Although its imagery was, until the 19th century at least, predominantly religious, the object as such was not tied to a specific function.

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

A Nostalgic Painting

I'm fascinated by local History, so when I was recently walking in Swansea and saw an old fashioned Barber Shop I knew I had to Paint it. I changed the colour of the shop to red from bright yellow as most of the Barber shops years ago were red or white and I wanted to create a nostalgic feel to the painting (also the car and shop would have clashed as they were exactly the same colour). Other than that the shop is painted exactly as it looked on my walk.