Drawing, drawing and more drawing.

My wonderful sister. A birthday card.
Thought it would be fun to mimic an early Lucian Freud trick.

Waiting for a friend St.Martins Lane.
So much fun being in the centre of the world (for me) and having some time to make some visual notes on it. The light changing, the floods of people and the amount of noise… We went to see All about Eve. Rather good.

Christ and the Woman Taken in Adultery by Peter Bruegel.
A copy. Thought it would be nice to give the work a bit more space to breathe.

The Entombment by Michelangelo.
Trying out different sketching styles. Using my eyes and hands like scanners… or following where the line goes, or just diving in.

Eddy at the ballet.
You can see my joy at watching my son dance.

Some more ‘working’ sketches.

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Life drawing. Just pencils

Ms Mono. Pencils on paper. One hour pose.
This model always has a regal air about her.
There was an idea to keep it simpler on this Friday night. Just pencils. Not to worry about skin colour, so the figure is in one colour (there is red green and silver pencils along with the graphite stick, wax pencil and black pencil).
I was in pain when I made this artwork, this seems to have been projected this onto the model’s features; sorry about that.
A ruler was used for the straight lines which is unusual for me..

A detail of Ms Mono. The pencil marks have kept the speed with which my arm was moving. notice the red and green on her earring.
Indian sculpture. There seemed to be a feel of Hindu sculpture about the pose. This was the warm up pose with the mirror in the background. You can see the texture of this paper. The figure is around 12″ high.

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Life painting. One Sunday afternoon.

Sunday afternoon. 3 hours of oil painting on canvas.
The skull wasn’t that near the model in the studio. The colours seemed to work well, though I found oil painting problematic, with it’s longer drying time and buttery texture. The close up work needs to be better, rather than just drawing on the wet paint. I’d made compositional sketches but in hindsight, chose the wrong one.

Earlier studies made on canvas with oil paint and chalks.

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A birthday card.

A12b. Here’s a birthday card. A pencil work on watercolour paper.

Some details and the idea behind the choice of paper and techniques. I do love the early colour process, Autochrome. These photographs on glass have a really interesting patina.

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Life drawing. Holding On plus an older post that got lost.

Holding On. Acrylic on prepared paper. 60 minutes.
I’ve been trying to learn, to get better, to progress. Instead of just painting, repeating the same work, I have goals; making sure the work is worth doing. Here’s what I’m working on.

  1. The colour palette, making the skin tones look like the model’s real skin. The background colours matter as well, so I’m preparing the paper or canvas with colours that will work well with the new skin colour range.
  2. The focus, making the painted image reflect how I really see. Patches of visual excitement and tranquil spaces.
  3. Mark making, letting go of the pencils, just using brushes. Fan brushes work well at the moment.
  4. Doing justice to the models, the time spent observing, the dialogue.
  5. Atmosphere. Trying to make the work have more emotional weight.

The model was holding something. I thought it might be good to have some mystery, so I left the something out. The painting was a constant control of colour and imagery. Some have said it looks a bit Francis Bacon like, which is good.

The time spent Mary Ward Centre is very important to me.

Five times Robin. A great model, full of brio. Being an actor he has many ‘looks’.
A lot of different marks.

The other image is two pieces of paper waiting for some paint. They make a nice abstract work. Yes, those are my feet for scale.


This painting was made in November but has not been posted before.

Lady on canvas. Acrylic and compressed charcoal on canvas. 60 minutes.
The canvas was primed but the paint still seemed to soak in a bit too much.
The objects were moved around the composition. This could be worth working on.

A close up of. the above and a photo of the rest of the canvas.

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Life drawing: There you are.

There you are. Acrylic on paper. 60 minutes. Three different brushes.
The different greys let the skin tones speak and give a sense of space..

There you are. Details of the head. Forsaking pencils, I let the smaller brushes take the strain.

From left:
D on ice blue. Acrylic on paper. The warm up pose. I was very happy with the skin colour, it pretty much matched what I saw in front of me.
4D / 2A. Acrylic and compressed charcoal on paper. 4 poses of 15 minutes. Good fun painting my fellow artists. On each pose a different approach was attempted. The red added a bit of drama.

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Life drawing: PB

The Queen of Sheba on her throne. Acrylic and compressed charcoal on prepared paper.
As yet unfinished. Around an hour.
The amount of brush marks and colours give this work a lot of depth. Again there is some conscious distortion to give the feeling you are near to the subject.
PB painted with a fan brush. Acrylic on sugar paper. 15 minutes.
The fan brush makes a good visual ‘noise’ and has a range of marks that can be made from it, from rough stumbles to thin straight lines.

Other 15 minute painted sketches and details.

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