Category Archives: Life Drawing

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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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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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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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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