Painting objects on their own doesn’t usually fill me with joy. I would rather have a breathing subject. The light being so strong in Italy, it gave the still life an interest to me. The subject is the light on different textures.
The brightness is in the background. You can feel the heat encroaching. Around 11am.
This was painted around 11am on a blistering day. Below is the photographic evidence. All these images were painted from life.
We were asked what we wanted the work to be about before we started drawing.
Answers ranged from ‘volume’, ‘real’; I said ‘grace’.
This is delicate. Each surface has it’s own marks and colour scheme.
This was made with acrylics and pencils. The background was painted in at home.
The mirror make the picture. A two dimensional image of a life model, who has a two dimension reflection behind them.
The hands and torso were the main focus.
Three earlier studies of 5 minutes each. Trying to capture the pose in a few marks and a sense of potential movement.
In a rush the paper was left behind. On the way some cardboard was spied, sniffed, found to be clean and carried to The Mary Ward Centre.
As hoped the texture was interesting for a bit and the buff colour worked well as a base.
Good quality materials are not needed for good work, some of the best life drawing I’ve seen was made on newspaper (yes, you Steven Williams).
In Cass Arts I spied a bargin and now have 48 different acrylic colours to choose from, probably 38 too many…
The work itself was a slightly frantic feel, could have been due to the heat.
All the work was made on the same piece of cardboard making it a life drawing box.
Some 15 minute poses. The red paint was put on by me and the 6 year old at the weekend. Fun.
These sketchbook pages are concerned with sunlight, interesting mark making and colour.
The first three are images were made in gardens that are growing like there is no tomorrow. How to capture all this?
My hand with a fecund garden in the background. Trying to cwork with the bright sunlight.
There is a lightness and dynamism to capture in the vigorous growth.
There is so much to draw when looking at a landscape, it’s hard to take it all in.
These images were made at Lewes Lido. One of those wonderfully hot summer days.
I’ve been influenced by David Hockney in the modelling of the grass.
A friend in the sun. Not a bad composition, corallling what was around into a picture with rhythm.
Being a designer as well as a painter I make books on my major paintings.
This collates all the different strands that go into the work.
I do like a show & tell.
Here’s some of the spreads.
Buy a copy here.
Yes, it’s a bit expensive.