Professor Iain Stewart Painting.

Professor Iain Stewart of Plymouth University lectures at UNSW, Sydney, July 2014 – Acrylic paints on canvas. It’s an unusual angle for a portrait but it’s an audience member’s view of him. I took a quite a lot of photos during the evening, mostly without a flash, so many turned out very yellow/orange due to the plywood backdrop, as you will see from the photos at the bottom of this page. The painting is an amalgam of two photos taken during question-time after Professor Stewart’s Scientia Award lecture. I wanted to try to paint his hand as well – for the challenge. I enjoy painting shiny things, so I was able to incorporate his wedding ring and his sleeve buttons in this painting too. I have made his hand a fraction too small as I didn’t want it overwhelm his face in this composition.

Photos of the painting from pencil sketch to finished picture.

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R. Armitage as Bard, 2008.

R Armitage as Guy as Bard. Anne-Louise P. 2008-16 Here’s a small painting I did back in 2008, thinking that it would be great if Richard Armitage got a part in The Hobbit.

Along with many other fans, I thought he’d make a wonderful Bard.

As we now know, Richard did get a part in the movie – a much bigger part, of course – but I haven’t painted him as Thorin; not yet anyway!

Anyway, I hope that some of you – especially RA fans who didn’t already see it six years ago – might be interested in having a look.

With apologies to Luke Evans!

Acrylic paints on 13 x 18cm watercolour paper, 2008. Finished painting, above, scanned into PS CS5 to highlight the windows and roof trusses of the buildings, and add contrast.

Frodo drawings. FOTR.

At Bilbo’s party. A large pencil drawing I did of Frodo on cartridge paper, 2005. I’m not sure if I ever finished this one. I’ll have to hunt it down and check one day!

Frodo Smoking his Pipe. Anne-Louise P. 2006

Frodo smoking some pipe-weed in a tree. Pen & ink and pencil on canvas paper, 2006.

Hobbits and Black Rider.

This is a water-soluble graphite painting I did back in 2008, just for fun; starring Guy of Gisborne as an unmasked black rider. I could only fit three of the hobbits on the paper. Sorry about that, Merry.

Sam and Frodo at the End of All Things. ROTK, LOTR.

This is quite a large painting, as you can probably see from the progress photo in which it’s leaning against a chair.

I think that I didn’t ever finish this one. Must go and drag it out of the shed and complete it at some stage.

Acrylic paints on a stretched canvas. 2005.

The End of All Things. Anne-Louise P. 2005.2 The End of All Things. Anne-Louise P. 2005.1

Frodo and the Ring, The Two Towers.

The Ring gradually overpowers Frodo, TTT.

Acrylic paints on canvas board.

Leaving Lothlorien, Fellowship of the Ring.

Leaving Lothlorien. Acrylic paints on 35cm x 65cm (approx) stretched canvas, 2006.

Click on this picture of Leaving Lothlorien to open it; then right click and save it to your computer if you’d like to print yourself one copy.

The levels and hue & saturation have been adjusted to suit glossy photo paper, and I think the resolution should be all right for A4 (approximately 20x 25cm/8×11 inches) sized paper. 🙂

Leaving Lothlorien. Print. Anne-Louise P. 2006

Moonlight on the Dam: a painting from long ago.

A card painted around Easter time 1989 for my dad’s birthday. He loved Tolkien and Tolkien illustrators – Alan Lee, John Howe, the Hildebrandts, etc.

This picture is nothing to do with The Hobbit or LOTR at all, really. It was inspired by a magical-looking autumnal moon shining on a farm dam out in the South Gippsland countryside, a fox running across a paddock, and a gnome in someone’s garden (now up in Gnome Heaven).

Two versions of Frodo with Bilbo’s Mithril Shirt.

Detail of mithril shirt, version 1. Anne-Louise P. 2007The first version is based on the original mithril shirt scene from Fellowship. The second has a Rivendell exterior landscape in the background, as requested by an American lady in 2007.

I’ve included two detail pictures of Bilbo’s hands holding the shirt because the shirts are quite different. There was no opalescent or iridescent paint used in the silver area: just white, Payne’s grey, blue, green, crimson, and maybe some black as well? I think the gold part of the shirt in the second version did have a touch of actual shimmery gold paint. (It’s been a long time since I last looked at these scans.)

Acrylic paints on 25 x 20 cm watercolour paper.