Author Archives: Trevor Mill

About Trevor Mill

This is my work. Art & Design. The fruits of my labour. Commissions / projects welcome.

Portrait of R looking up.

R looking up. Oil on gesso on wood. 13″ square.This is the hardest painting to photograph. It really does look different in real life. The work has more depth and presence. It will be interesting to see whether it gets … Continue reading

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Portrait of R looking up. How the painting was made.

After each session I took a picture. This takes us up to the nearly finished work. The painting is rather hard to capture in a camera, which pleases me. The light changes the work a lot. The next post will … Continue reading

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Six studies of R

The first session with the young man. A few hours of painting, drawing, chatting and listening to Leonard Cohen. The second session. Great fun. Next post is the workings of the final painting.

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Life Drawing. C a l m . .

Calm. Acrylics, pencil and oil paint on paper. 70 x 100cm.There was some interesting times in the making of this work, fun with oil paint and keeping the atmosphere of the original time in the life studio. Some details showing … Continue reading

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Life drawing. No faces.

1,2 and 3 removes. Acrylic and oil on prepared paper. 100x70cm.The angel is a painting of a painting of a painting, which is quite fun. The title is called 1,2 and 3 removes as the model in the studio is … Continue reading

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Abstractions

A set of 3, a set of 4. Coloured pencils and pen on recycled paper. A5.Taking an old family photo as a start, these set of 4 sketches got simpler, calmer and more curvy.

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Life drawing. The night of the 4B Pencil.

Thinking in Mono. Pencil on paper. 100 x 70cm.It was enjoyable not to have to worry about colour, brushes and cleaning up. A wash of Paynes Grey and liquin was put on the material at home. As usual, if only … Continue reading

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Life drawing. Presence.

Past & Present (SLG x2). Acrylic, pencil and oil on prepared paper. 100 x 70cm.The initial painting was in acrylic, then overpainted in oils thinned with liquin. Again the feeling of the models presence was important. Oil paint gives a … Continue reading

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Life Drawing. Movement | Stasis.

Movement | Stasis. Acrylics and pencil on prepared paper. 100 x 70cm.The dark blue frame and background was painted a few days before the figures. The work was made in two parts. In the first, the model (an actor) was … Continue reading

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Under the influence of Giotto.

I haven’t done many religious works in my life. After buying a beautiful book on Giotto’s work at Assisi, it seemed the right time to make some studies, to try and work out how he gets the emotional intensity of … Continue reading

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R&C

Mother & child. Acrylics on canvas. A good friend has had the most charming young man. I’ve put the work in an old museum frame, not sure what frame it needs at the moment. Here’s pretty much every stage of … Continue reading

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The view from the exterior / interior.

A good night’s life painting. With some work on Sunday afternoon, two paintings are finished. They would look better in oils on canvas but that would be quite a more time consuming , messy and impractical process. We do what … Continue reading

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Life Drawing sessions. 4. Talk / Listen.

Talk to me. Acrylic, black oil paint, pencils on paper. 70x100cmThe model didn’t have red hair. Or such dirty feet. The paper was prepared with dark grey, the light cement colour was quickly and thickly applied, somehow influenced by the … Continue reading

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4 Life Drawing sessions. 3. Relax / Tense.

Relax. Acrylics and pencil on paper. 70x100cm.The paper was prepared with the messy grey-green. The light blue was quickly put on, then the drawing. in the last five minutes of the pose, the pinks and whites were applied. The background … Continue reading

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Hands

I’ve been on public transport and find that instead of glaring at people without masks on, I’d rather look at my hands and draw what I see.

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Goats in Clissold Park, Stoke Newington. Plus Ottesa Moshfegh.

Two Goats, Clissold Park, Stoke Newington. Pencils in the grey sketchbook.Clissold park is great for people (and goat) watching. I had 40 minutes in between picking up the children from climbing. The deer and birds were too far away to … Continue reading

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Derbyshire views.

While staying a week in Derbyshire I had enough time to make a few works. In landscape painting I’m trying to make my viewpoint wide the bridge to get the sense of the way the human eye takes in the … Continue reading

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4 Life Drawing sessions. 2 Grey/green man.

A new model to draw on another hot summer night. Diagonal Seated man. Acrylics and pencils on large paper.The sludge green/grey colour was made up on the spot and used as the base for the rest of the image. The … Continue reading

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4 Life Drawing sessions. 1 Prussian blue and ochre.

Due to various reasons I haven’t been painting life models since 2019.There is a small exclusive set of life drawing sessions over the summer holidays and I was lucky enough to be invited. The weather may be hot and the … Continue reading

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The Grey Sketchbook.

After a cardboard square sketchbook, here’s the new grey, A3 sugar-paper one. Edward with umbrella, pencil and markers. Made when I felt absolutely terrible. It was such a nice composition that I had to scrawl it down. From top left. … Continue reading

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