Category Archives: Life Drawing

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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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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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 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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At London Zoo again.

I’ve gone to the zoo, sketchbook in hand. Here’s what I saw. Continue reading

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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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