Category Archives: Life Drawing

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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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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Zoom life drawing. Den Haag.

Den Haag 1. Oil and pencil on gesso / wood. 200 x 450mm. I’m not sure if this will ever be finished. Three poses by the great actor Robin. The light streaming through his door really interested me. How to make … Continue reading

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Life drawing. Lady of the orange, grey and blue.

Lady of the orange, grey and blue. Acrylic, pencil, and thinned oil paint on paper. 90 x 70 cm.The last pose of the night with a thin blue ribbon draped over the model. It was important to have the line … Continue reading

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Life Drawing. Storms

Stormy Weather. Ink, acrylic, pencil, oil pastel, compressed charcoal and thinned oil paint on paper. 90 x 70 cm.This started off at home with some ink I had out and didn’t want to waste. This ink was splatted over the … Continue reading

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Life drawing. Actor in mono.

Recently I’ve been taking my time on finishing paintings started in the life room (two weeks worth are still needing more work). I decided to make something quickly that would be fine without any adjustment. Out came a bottle of … Continue reading

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Zoom lifedrawing. Dryads in Berlin (at the edge of the Grunewald forest)

Dryads in Berlin (at the edge of the Grunewald forest). Acrylics and pencil on prepared paper. 90 x 70cm. The same model (‘Y’ from Berlin) posed twice, each pose was for 20 minutes. The figure on the left was originally … Continue reading

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Zoom Life Drawing. Y in Berlin.

Y in Berlin. Acrylic, oils and pencils on paper. 90 x 70cm.This started out just as a pencil drawing in the zoom life class. The model (Y) is in Berlin, hence the title. It does seem to have something of … Continue reading

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Zoom life drawing and after.

A and Michelangelo. Acrylic and pencil on paper.This developed over the week. Taking different Michelangelo sculptures and inserting them into the composition. I didn’t know where it was going but it arrived at this state. The model ‘A’ is still … Continue reading

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Zoom life drawing class 1. The Goddess Tara (on green).

The Goddess Tara (on green). Acrylics on paper. 100 x 70cm.I heard some of the great radio talks ‘The History of the World in 100 Objects’ again this week. One episode was about a bronze statue of the Buddhist goddess … Continue reading

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Life Drawing. How do I get to Carnegie Hall?

Practice man, practice. How do I get to Carnegie Hall? Acrylics, pencil, oils and oil pastels on prepared paper. 100 x 70cm.Sometimes a piece of work just takes time and effort to finish. This started off as a 30 minute … Continue reading

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