Category Archives: Life Drawing

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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Art Classes are happening at my house.

So due to obvious reasons, art evening classes have been postponed. Now that I’m allowed to have some (well spaced) friends about, we’ve got together to paint and draw in my top floor studio. All very pleasant, with records played … Continue reading

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Flower paintings and drawings.

Flowers, lemon and grapes. Acrylic and pencils on watercolour paper. A very busy composition with a nice mesh of textures and colours. It is supposed to look serious and not frivolous. Flower painting is not something that interests many modern … Continue reading

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Brown Sketchbook. People and poppies.

All these sketches were made last Sunday, in a dry, bright, poppy strewn garden. Poppies are so vibrant, the simple shapes and intensity of colour please me. Perspective and flower drawings are interesting, how you can suggest depth with the … Continue reading

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Spring Revision.

Painting after the event. The lack of model. Things get more plastic, colours stronger, design more obvious. The driving ideas in this work are sunlight on form, interiors and what is real in the world of the painting. Again, Matisse … Continue reading

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Sketches of my family.

A in the sunshine. Acrylic and pencil on paper.This work was about the full on power of the sun and what it does to colour and form. E at work. Acrylic and pencil on brown paper in a sketchbook.My youngest … Continue reading

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Self Portrait April 2020

I think this is finished with. For a while. Pensive self portrait. April 2020. Oil on canvas.Painted at different times of day, in different clothes, on different chairs (all things that were slightly unfortunate). You can tell it’s painted from … Continue reading

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Self Portrait update.

How quickly things can build. Since last week I have had two sessions at different times of the day. The best light is at 5pm but I’m almost always cooking for the family then. Due to a haircut (I was … Continue reading

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Self Portraits 2020.

This canvas I paint over every few years with a self portrait. Good practice, plus, with photography being what it is, there is still a record of the last version. Self portraits usually look a bit odd, an intense stare, … Continue reading

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Ed.

My youngest son has the pleasure of my company as I take him to various lessons. He’s now at home, next to me doing his homework now… Mostly I’m designing on the laptop while he’s learning but sometimes I’ll start … Continue reading

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B thinking: the sketches.

So, what do we have here, then? Some sketches form life, some colour tests, some studies and one of the points of inspiration, a Rembrandt self-portrait.

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Portrait of B thinking.

It’s taken a while. In the next few posts I’ll show how this work came to be. Portrait of B thinking. Oil on wood. 14.02.2020. 14″ square. See details. Some real up-close details and the palette.

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Red painting 3. The Mysteries.

The Mysteries. Oil on canvas. 90cm square.I think that’s pretty much it. The ideas behind this work were:• To make something on a very red ground after doing a few paintings on very blue backgrounds• To make a work that … Continue reading

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The Red Painting 2. A work in progress.

Now, this painting is still not finished. It has no title and though it has themes, they have not completely coalesced. These images are what has happened so far, after each session. The model was painted from life. See the … Continue reading

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The Red Painting 1. Sketches, studies and notes.

These are the workings behind a major as yet unfinished painting of a seated life model. The square canvas has been worked on for a while; in spare time, on the tube or between design jobs I’ve been making notes … Continue reading

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Life drawing. ‘David & Bathsheba’

David & Bathsheba – surely Bathsheba and David! The title is a bit of joke. Acrylic and pencil on paper.The artist in the background is called David (though no lust was involved and he is not a king), plus, the … Continue reading

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Life drawing: the King.

The King. Acrylic, pencils and pastels on paper. About 4 hours, 1 and a half with the models, the rest spread over the week in 1o minute bursts.The challenge was to create a new world around the model, not just … Continue reading

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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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