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Category Archives: Sketchbooks
I do like drawing people. Most of these people I know very well. The nude was a model from a few years ago.
This is the first batch of images from a nice LP sized sketchbook with brown card pages from CassArt. I’ve been going back to old techniques I used at college, pasting in doodles and making the pages into an abstracted … Continue reading
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
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
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
Watching the documentary ‘Birth Of The Cool’ on the brilliant BBC Iplayer. I think I prefer biographies and autobiographies in print than in film form. The performances are still good though and the faces of the protagonists were mesmerising.The usual … Continue reading
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
A garden in the summertime. A game of chess.
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
The main theatre at Pompeii. You can see how hot it was. My wife (the lady in blue) momentarily sat in front of me before retreating to the shade, so she was quickly captured on the page. The sun bleached … Continue reading
THE PANTHEON. Has to be in Caps really. Probably my favourite building. Some details of all the people and that mesmerising hole at the top of the dome. An earlier version of THE PANTHEON. An impossible building to draw. Too … Continue reading
Tivoli in the morning. Made over successive days with acrylic and pencil in the fantastic sketchbook made by our great friend, Sarah A… she said I had to fill it with landscapes, something I haven’t really tried before. It’s been … Continue reading
The view from our accommodation in Tivoli was sublime. Hills, waterfalls, rocks with caves, a zig zag path into a gorge, a city on a precipice, a misty view out onto the plain and a terraced hillside full of different … Continue reading
I love drawing on planes. A captive audience.
These are all in a beautiful and practical new landscape sketchbook, made by our good friend, Sarah A. Beside the seaside. Graphite stick and pencil.The sound of hammers on rocks as fossil hunters seek a coelacanth. The idea was to … Continue reading
My wonderful sister. A birthday card.Thought it would be fun to mimic an early Lucian Freud trick. Waiting for a friend St.Martins Lane.So much fun being in the centre of the world (for me) and having some time to make … Continue reading
Sorry, it’s been a while. I’ve been working hard on a graphics project, so time has passed since the last post. I’m in a lovely exhibition at the NudeTinCan gallery in St. Albans. It’s called ‘Nude or fully Clothed’ which suits the wide range of good works on show.I have two pieces in the exhibition: Repeat Performance … Continue reading