My parents are visiting and as their clear out of all my old junk from their house progresses, my dad has dug out and brought an old oil I painted when I was a foundation art student way back in 1993. Its been a long time since I saw this 'early' work and it's a nice feeling looking over something distantly familiar with new eyes again. I think I was trying to depict some action at the battle of Bussaco, where the thin red line was strung out giving the French some lead, I can't remember the regiment I tried to paint in it (it's supposed to be the 88th Regt of foot).
I can see I was experimenting with oils at the time and I see I struggled with the depth and had a hang up about creases in cloth at the time. I was also trying to get my head around lighting and reflection (especially on skin). I think I have progressed as an artist from back then (though my paintings are few and far between now) but still I was pleasantly surprised to see this old work. Some bits are just plain odd, but as a whole its a part of my past and I kind of like it. Thought i'd post it here for your amusement.
I have been painting mini's this last week, and have almost three finished. The old trickle of figures continues. I will post the results very soon.