Category Archives: Art

Life drawing. Looking left x2.

Looking left No.1. Acrylic, chalk and pencil on paper. I think it was 25 minutes, plus some more on the skull of the now famous Mr. Skellington.Sitting poses need some dynamism. The chalk was added on the background to make … Continue reading

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Life Drawing. The Bewlay brothers. Plus Quick poses.

The Bewlay Brothers. Pencil and paint on paper.The title has been going around my head and seemed to fit. Some quick poses from the night. Some quick poses form the Friday before.

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Life Drawing: Memory

Remembering. Acrylic, oil washes, pencil and pastel on paper.Still trying to make the experience of the viewer more tangible. Some experiments in texture and mixed media. Heavily worked on at home, hence the title. Been looking at Michelangelo sculpture get … Continue reading

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Life Drawing: Dominic on blue.

Dominic in Blue. Acrylic, pencil and pastel on paper.Another fantastic night of painting with Domininc. A very dynamic set up of easels surrounding the model.

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Life Drawing: Time & notation.

Time & notation. Acrylics, pastels and pencils on paper. 1 hour. 30 minutes at home.The model changed the pose slightly ever 15 minutes. So it was concentrate and see what was on the paper at the end of the time. … Continue reading

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Birthday card art. Daughter, Father, Son.

Paintings and a drawing, made for birthday cards. Continue reading

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Life drawing 2: Sitting around the Stars.

Painting influenced by Pil’s ‘Metal Box’. Life drawing with some edge. Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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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Thoughts on art

Theses words were thrashed out after a particularly good life drawing class. They are what rings in my head as I paint or draw. Continue reading

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Visiting the relatives.

A garden in the summertime. A game of chess.

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Holiday Sketch Series 5: Naples.

Sea Bathers, Naples. An amalgam of the previous sketches, this could well be worked up into a painting. It made all those life drawing classes make sense in the real world. All body shapes out for sunbathing and swimming fun … Continue reading

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Holiday Sketches Series 4: Pompeii & Hadrian’s Villa.

The main theatre at Pompeii. You can see how hot it was. My wife (the lady in blue) momentarily sat in front of me before retreating to the shade, so she was quickly captured on the page. The sun bleached … Continue reading

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Holiday Sketches Series 3: Rome

THE PANTHEON. Has to be in Caps really. Probably my favourite building. Some details of all the people and that mesmerising hole at the top of the dome. An earlier version of THE PANTHEON. An impossible building to draw. Too … Continue reading

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Holiday Sketches Series 2b: Tivoli landscape painting.

Tivoli in the morning. Made over successive days with acrylic and pencil in the fantastic sketchbook made by our great friend, Sarah A… she said I had to fill it with landscapes, something I haven’t really tried before. It’s been … Continue reading

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Holiday Sketches Series 2a: Tivoli in pencil

The view from our accommodation in Tivoli was sublime. Hills, waterfalls, rocks with caves, a zig zag path into a gorge, a city on a precipice, a misty view out onto the plain and a terraced hillside full of different … Continue reading

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Charmouth sketches.

These are all in a beautiful and practical new landscape sketchbook, made by our good friend, Sarah A. Beside the seaside. Graphite stick and pencil.The sound of hammers on rocks as fossil hunters seek a coelacanth. The idea was to … Continue reading

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