Category Archives: Art

Life drawing. Riffing on Patricia Highsmith.

Riffing on Patricia Highsmith (Ph.3). Acrylic, pencil and oil paint on prepared paper. 68 X 97cm.So, the writer’s books, personality and look are challenging and a great springboard for art. Even her drawings are pretty strong. You can like the … Continue reading

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Life drawing. Kit the actor.

Kit as French flag. Acrylic and Chinagraph on prepared paper. 72 x 102cm. 30 minutes.What a pleasure to paint this fine haired fellow. Friday night a St. Lukes. The texture of painting over old work adds to the texture. The … Continue reading

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Life drawing. The character actor at rest.

The character actor at rest. Acrylics and Chinagraph on watercolour paper. Around A3.Such a pleasure drawing Robin. This session was loosely based on some of Francis Bacon’s set ups; I couldn’t seem to come up with anything quite as dark. … Continue reading

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Drawing from Rodin.

Going to Rodin at the Tate Modern, was as good as I imagined it could be. Really thought provoking and exciting, a show with ideas on scale, theme, revision, finish, intuition, lack of colour, the body and sexuality. It makes … Continue reading

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Life Drawing. Now and then.

Now and then. Acrylics and pencil on prepared paper. 90 x 70cm.The painting set up had A Rubens reproduction on the wall, a life model on a chair and a fake fur stole. The mix of textures from the shiny … Continue reading

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Life Drawing. Man with red, man with blue.

Man on blue. Acrylic and pencil on prepared paper. This week I wanted to focus on skin colours. We were in a big room and the model was fairly far away, so no distortions. There were a lot of blue … Continue reading

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Life Drawing. Lady in grey, red and green

Friday life drawing has started again, this time in a small group of talented artists at St.Lukes, South Islington. http://www.slpt.org.uk I miss friendly The Mary Ward Centre with it’s purpose built life room. The tutor is the same, the great … Continue reading

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Life Drawing. Here’s Looking At You. Here’s looking at you. Oil on canvas. 90x90cm.This probably the last painting I’ll make in the wonderful life room of the Mary Ward Centre, Queens Square, London. Friday nights will never be the same. … Continue reading

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Pencil portraits.

Birthday card. Faber Castell Polychromos Deep Cobalt Green 158. On A4 cartridge paper 400gsm.So, I had a nice photo of my son, a quick search for an image of the young Napoleon and Viola! Goodbye Ben. Faber Castell Polychromos pencils. … Continue reading

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Square Sketchbook. Derbyshire landscapes.

The Nine Ladies Stone Circle. Two sketches of a beautiful spot, the end of a fantastic walk. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nine_Ladies Bolsover Castle, a saucy fun castle and the rather more haughty and expansive Chatsworth.

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Square sketchbook. London Town.

Here’s the view from: Prom number 20, Monmouth coffee, Chilango’s Brewer Street, A bar in Coal Drop Yard Kings Cross and Buck House lawn!

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Life drawing. In the tree plus other works.

Paintings that aren’t bad but weren’t finished, got lost or were overlooked. In the tree. oil on canvas.After the session in the life room, what to make with the image you’ve created? On this painting, I made sketches – at … Continue reading

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Balance A.

Balance A. Oil on canvas. 40 x 35cm.At the Mary Ward Centre the theme was Red. I had an old canvas stumbled in blue oil paint.This shows through on some of the figure, giving the shadows depth. originally there was … Continue reading

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Balance

Balance. Oil and pencils on canvas board. 42 x 32 cm.A balance of hot and cold colours, detail and blank space. The board was primed with thick acrylic which soaked the oil paint up, making the paint look like dry … Continue reading

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Green, blue, white.

Green, Blue, White. Acrylic of grey-green then Prussian blue and Zinc white oil paint sometimes thinned with Walnut oil or Liquin on canvas. 76 x 90cm.An exercise in painting two colours onto a third. If I was to start again, … Continue reading

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Good Dogs.

Good Dogs. Oil on canvas board. 40cm square.I’m slowly getting the hang of oil paint. This was a secret commission, so was given a photo and a quick deadline. 1. Thumbnail sketches were made of the composition, then the photograph … Continue reading

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Cricket art?

So, I now have a son who plays cricket. This involves a fair bit of looking at people playing in cricket matches. Luckily I have a sketch book and some pencils to hand. Cricket has rhythms, perspectives, big skies, trees … Continue reading

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A tree as metaphor

Growth. Japanese ink and pencil on old watercolour paper. 22 x 22cm.This was given to an old friend who has been having a time of it lately. I was thinking of how this tree has had branches snap, has been … Continue reading

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Beautiful trees.

Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown’s tree with sheep, summer 2021. Tester pot acrylic and pencil on 1960’s art paper. Around A3. Probably an old imperial size.Chatsworth is a nice place to spend a few hours, lounging in the grounds, trying not to … Continue reading

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Poppies

Poppies in a Derbyshire garden. A bit more thought and time than a sketch, less trouble and strife than a finished work. The teeming life – see the snail in one flower, the spider in the other flower and the … Continue reading

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