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Poppies And Remembrance

Posted by: Paul A Reeves

Tagged in: Remembrance , Reeves , Poppy , Poppies , Paul , Painting , impressionist , day , canvas , artist , art , acrylic

Paul A Reeves

I really wanted to try something a little different for these paintings. My background and training is in Scientific and Technical drawing, and many of my paintings, particularly my earlier ones, I have focused a great deal of effort into very intricate detail and perspective accuracy. I still focus a great deal of effort into my work and I have been developing and still exploring a much more distinctive style, which I am very happy with.


Poppies In The Wind - Acrylic on canvas.


I felt like trying to create an impressionist style of painting, and focus more on capturing an emotion as well as freezing an image in time. I do paint a lot of surreal paintings, and even my figurative work, I try to capture an emotion as well as an image, but with these new paintings I wanted the emotion to be the focus of attention.


Storm In The Poppies - Acrylic on canvas.


I have created quite a few paintings on the subject of war, and the damage it causes, but here I wanted to pay respect to those who have picked up arms in order to secure a privileged future for the rest of us. I hope I’ve managed to do that.


Prints of Poppies In The Wind, & Storm In The Poppies, can be seen and purchased here, along with many others. Paul Reeves Art

And here. Paul Reeves Art

Tam O Shanter

Posted by: Paul A Reeves

Tagged in: Tam O Shanter , Scottish , scotland , Robert Burns , Paul Reeves , Painting , artist , art , acrylic

Paul A Reeves



Tam O Shanter - Acrylic on board.

Like most artists, I look back at work that I have done in the past, and reflect on how I am progressing. Most of the paintings I exhibit and put online are those I have created over the last few years, and work that I believe is showing a distinctive development of my style.

This painting I made when I was eighteen years old, and it's one of the few paintings in my collection from those days that I still feel good about showing among my more recent work.

It's very different to the style that I am currently developing. I like the direction my current style is going in, and hopefully it will become recognisable as being mine. But I still see me in this painting. I still see me growing.

I went through very dramatic changes at this period in my life as far as my artistic awakening is concerened. I really felt for the first time like I was becoming an artist.

I love Robert Burns poetry, and I have made several paintings and drawings depicting his work. Tam O Shanter is my favourite Burns poem, and I wanted to capture the most exciting moment in the story when Tam is almost caught by the witch called Nannie. Tam tries to escape over the bridge, or brig over the river Doon, because a witch can't cross over running water. Tam manages to escape, but not before Nannie yanks the tail from his horse Maggie.

Prints of Tam O Shanter and other artwork of mine can be seen and purchased here. Paul Reeves Art

And here. Paul Reeves Art


I was watching some little Red Poles outside on one of our trees and I thought I’d try some new techniques; here is a step by step of the acrylic / water color painting. Here is the finished product:

New Techniques

Here is a method I stumbled onto that (for this painting anyway) has created a wonderful result.

With this painting I wanted a very loose background. Taking my sheet of watercolor paper I used a 1 1/2″ wash brush and wet the entire paper. Now holding it elevated at one end I lightly applied blobs and streaks of color vertically. As gravity pulled the paint downward vague impressions of birch trunks emerged. Before the paper dried I lightly sprinkled it with salt to imply a light snow falling gently to the ground.

With the background done I switch over to acrylic paint. With thin, semi-transparent strokes I begin to block in the birch branches.

Now I mix titanium white and water to apply the snow. It is important to use semi-transparent paint when using this technique because you do not want your different elements to appear pasted onto the transparent background. By implementing these less opaque applications of paint we are helping the painting to become a cohesive unit.

With the addition of the Redpoll the painting is now finished. Watercolor and acrylic on watercolor paper. 11×15

These Common Redpolls frequent our bird feeder on the porch. They remind me of God’s provision. Though they seem so little and insignificant upon first glance, each little bird has his own personality and quirks. He doesn’t worry where or how his next meal will come to be, even in the long cold winter. It is provided.

To see more step-by-step tutorials visit my website here:

This Original, "Eying the Feeder" is Available through Artic Rose Gallery. (907) 279-3911. 420 L St # 201 Anchorage, AK

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