This painting reflected the mood of the class on the outcome of the European vote.
Hence the title.
The simple stance and the wealth of surrounding detail added to the strong colours made for a decorative painting. This week’s theme was the relationship between yellows and purples. I’m scared of using yellow, so this was a roll up your sleeves and dive in session.
It was agreed that the model G has the presence and hair of a Botticelli.
The light suddenly changed with about ten minutes to go, modelling the forms in a dramatic fashion, bringing the pose to life, Pygmalion style.
Acrylics on prepared paper (gesso mixed with light blue). Size 100 x 70cm.
2 hours in the studio, plus an hour at home with some pencils.
A detail of the above, showing the texture of the gesso.
I’ve been looking at vintage art books recently, thinking what is lost and gained by taking the colour out of a reproduction. It can make an image more cohesive but takes some joy and balance out.
Mr Skellington from below. This has been worked on since this photograph with white gesso, making it more ghostly.
The sideways look was momentary. I think it makes the image, balancing the composition and reminding the viewer there is someone else in the room…
This session was about how blue works with orange and skin tones.
Made while sitting on the floor, which produced some interesting distortions. At one point he head was half the size. People liked the electrical plugs and switches, these details bring us into the real world. Acrylic on paper. Size 100x70cm. Time taken 2 hours.
The face in detail.
The painting was made in these stages:
1. Choosing the viewpoint
2. Sponge filled with watery paint to work out the main composition
3. Drawing with 3 coloured pencils
4. Painting with acrylics, using large brushes
5. Drawing with 2 coloured pencils
6. Painting with smaller brushes
7. Final touches in pencil
Alice wanted a site that reflected her style, writing and beauty range.
The amount of good quality content both textural and visual made the process a simple case of letting the work speak for itself.
See the real site at alicehartdavis.com
To work out the main branding elements I find it useful to design a business card.
The business card, showing the startling main image, colour palette and typography.
Yes, you can connect the business cards together to complete the face.
The favicon (very small element that goes next to the web address).
The homepage. The word fresh was in my mind while designing this.
There are a lot of links, to urge you to see more.
The product page.
The book page.
A arrived late and found a spare space. D’s hand , the summer light, my fellow arty types, the pot plant and the red rug came together to make the painting. See the differing personalities reflected in their stances.
A long pose of 2 and half hours. Made in acrylics, as I haven’t found a great way to paint in oils on paper. I’ve tried gesso. Any advice? No rabbit glue please.
A close up of the above. A great hand to draw.
Made for the Tufnell Park Parents magazine. Kept as simple as possible.
Lots of faces and an email.
A full page version.
A half page version.
Year 4 got an art lesson on Tuesday. It covered:
Equipment, looking while drawing, scale and perspective, shading, colour temperatures, imagination and why bicycles are hard to draw.
This consisted of the kids telling me what to draw, making the drawings into a story and changing the style of work to illustrate different points.
Later I made a quick sketch to show how to draw a face (which was given away to the sitter). Afterwards the children drew each other with a really pleasant level of success.
They listened! It worked! Fascinating to see the different styles and attitudes.
Trevor the ‘art teacher’. Teehee. Now to do the same class with the schools 5 year olds…