Birthday card art. Daughter, Father, Son.

My Daughter. Acrylic on watercolour paper.

My Father. Blue pencil on watercolour paper.

One of my sons. Acrylic and pencil on canvas board.

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Life drawing 2: Sitting around the Stars.

Sitting around the Stars. Acrylic and glitter on paper.
Working from ideas based on music I’ve been listening to. This week it’s Metal Box by Public Image Limited.

There is something about the having a murky yet metalic backing with characters looming out with a lack of consideration for normal considerations of beauty. The finish is not sloppy, more like intuative, with unimportant parts missing. The glitter helps flatten the work, is pretty and knowinglingly cheap, but looks as good as diamond dust would.

Details of the painting.

Other paintings made that night.

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Life drawing 1: profile

Another term of Life drawing and Painting starts at the Mary Ward Centre. The amount of joy and knowledge gained on these Friday nights really helps the rest of my life. The tutor John Close and the regulars have become good friends over the years.

Look right on Blue. Acrylic and oil on cardboard. 60 x 83cm.
Trying to keep a focus on the important parts. The figure in the background was a really tough pose. The blue glaze helps give the background figure less prominance.
The palette was chosen by having forgotten to bring my white paint. The composition is my usual 3 subjects in 3 different proportions.

Some close ups of the work, which the camera seems to have problems photographing. The colour is all over the place.

Warm up work. Using different techniques, like working with two hands at the same time.

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Portrait commission 4: The final work.

Here’s the final painting. I’ll varnish it in about 6 months.

Lots of nice details.

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Portrait commission 3: the process.

These are photographs taken at the end of each painting session.
The next post will have the finished version.

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Portrait commission 2: second stages.

After making a Picasso-like painting, it was time to go to the realistic side of things.
This image is a homage to the black and white photograph, especially Irving Penn.
As usual, it was important to make the marks stand out, this is a drawing, not a photographic print.

The following studies are trying to bring the fun and hope of kids art to the work.

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Portrait commission 1: first sketches and a Picasso-like painting.

Over the next week there will be a post a day about my latest work, a painting of a girl named Rose.

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