Category Archives: Life Drawing

Mackerel!

Mackerel and lemons for S. Acrylic on MDF. A3.This was painted live. There was a great moment when a spot of blood came of of the upper fish. Still need to eat the fish from the freezer. A very pleasant … Continue reading

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Imagined Portrait on Red

Imagined Portrait on Red. Acrylic and pencil on MDF board. 50 x 40cm.Originally made at a life class tutored by the fantastic John Close. This painting was constantly tinkered with. as you can see below. Eventually I used a John … Continue reading

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Dreaming of Silver

Dreaming of Silver. Acrylic and pastels over prepared board with glitter. 40 x 50cm.There’s something fun about fighting with a painting surface; glitter does not like to be worked on! Another portrait with a hot red background, another painting with … Continue reading

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Red thoughts.

Red thoughts. Acrylic and pencil over prepared board. 40 x 50cm.As I now have short salt and pepper beard and hair, people automatically think it is a self portrait. Which is interesting. The painting was created in a hour at … Continue reading

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Red Portrait

Red portrait. Acrylic, glazing medium and pencil on board. 40 x 50cm.1 hour in front of the model, 20 minutes at home. The model had a small but powerful pink light on his face. This was fascinating to paint. I … Continue reading

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Why I spend my Friday nights life drawing

Thought I’d spread the word.

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Sitting in the Light.

Sitting in the Light. Acrylic on board. 30 x 40cm.A two session painting, so, around 6 hours. I was not happy at all after the first session. The sketch was trying to work out what was wrong with the work. … Continue reading

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Study / Reality / Reproduction /

Study / Reality / Reproduction. Acrylics on prepared wood. 13″ square.Last Friday night at John Close’s fantastic art class I had the pleasure of painting this scene,In the top left there is a wonderful Grisaille study (with addition of the … Continue reading

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Slapdash

Like everyone else in the world, I have much on my mind at the moment. The work in the last few weeks has got fairly loose and is painted on photographers backdrop paper – a sort of thick non grainy … Continue reading

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Man & legbones.

Man & legbones. Acrylic on paper. 70 x 80.This model has been painted and drawn many times. Always a pleasure. the pose was strong and the diagonals made the composition interesting. The background wall was bright red in real life, … Continue reading

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Portrait. Daryl J Hembrough in a smaller work.

Daryl J Hembrough in a small work. Acrylic, oil and pencil on card. 18 x 26cm.I was late to the class and quickly grabbed some small pieces of cardboard. Daryl is great to work with. The background material had a … Continue reading

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Portrait. Daryl J. Hembrough in Highgate Cemetery.

Daryl J Hembrough in Highgate Cemetery. Acrylic on board. A3.The second of two weeks work (I have yet to finish the small painting from the first week). The background was sketched in before the session started. It came from asking … Continue reading

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Portrait. Daryl J. Hembrough as Philosopher King.

Darryl J Hembrough as Philosopher King. Oil on old canvas board. 42 x 60cm.This painting was created using four colours over two and a half hours. I thought his contemplative atmosphere made him look like a Philosopher King. The colours … Continue reading

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Life drawing. Long thin calm nude.

Long thin calm nude. Oil on primed wood. 60 x 120cm. Three hours.The background was primed with grey-green paint, then Prussian blue and Naples yellow were used in tandem. The discipline of this gave me space to focus on the … Continue reading

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Portraits on paper.

The lump on my neck. Oil paint on card. 18cm square sketchbook page.Made using oil paint I had left over from other work. The light was strong and the thought of highlighting a part of me I’m not so proud … Continue reading

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Life drawing. 5 views.

Here are 5 paintings. I think they are all equally good. All are painted on prepared paper, in acrylics with a little pencil. All were made in John Close’s art class on a Friday night.

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Life painting: Gogmagog sleeps.

Gogmagog sleeps. Acrylics, oils and pencil on prepared paper. 91 x 72cm.I’ve had some free time for 15 minutes on Saturday mornings to look out from a disused bridge in Muswell Hill onto London. It’s an amazing view with landmarks … Continue reading

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Life drawing. On Melancholia.

On Melancholia. Acrylic, pencil and oil paint on prepared paper. 91 x 72cm. November – January 2021. Another painting that took a long time, with a fair bit of thought involved. Again, the work was halted and not particularly ‘finished’. … Continue reading

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Life drawing: I see you

I see you. Acrylic and oils on canvas. 91 x76cmAnother version on what to do after the life drawing session. This is a streamlined composition, with each element refined. There was supposed to be two life drawing sessions, due to … Continue reading

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Life drawing. Study in the study.

Study in the study. Acrylic and a little pencil on prepared paper. 3 hours. 1 brush.The idea behind this work was to spend time on the whole composition, rather than just the body. Objects were moved, some colours were changed … Continue reading

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