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Poppies

Poppies in a Derbyshire garden. A bit more thought and time than a sketch, less trouble and strife than a finished work. The teeming life – see the snail in one flower, the spider in the other flower and the … Continue reading

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Regent’s Park. Woods, the canal, walkers and giraffes (again).

These are all made on Saturday mornings when one of my sons is playing football. I have around 90 minutes to myself, which is nice. Regent’s Park woods (Changeable weather). Acrylics and pencil. A3.Regent’s Park canal (Sweeping view). Pencil. Two … 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. 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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5 Portraits.

Here are 5 portraits made over the last few months. 1. Green Eye 2. Uncomfortable 3. Leaning 4. Laptop 5. Haircut Three self portraits (I’m now wearing vari-focal glasses, which makes for some fun distortions), my daughter and my sister. … 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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Neil and two dogs in the sunshine. 1. Beginnings.

This is a book that has been made into sections for this blog. More tomorrow…

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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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Life Drawing. Man in pencil.

Look left 2. Pencil on paper. 100 x 70cm.This was an enjoyable hour and a half. After some initial sketching, the work was made from right to left as I am very left handed and a terrible smudger. Putting in … Continue reading

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Life drawing. On black.

Lady Macbeth. Acrylics, oil paint and pencil on prepared paper. 100 x 70cm.The background was already dramatic before the figure emerged upon it.We were talking about great roles in the theatre in the life drawing session and Lady Macbeth seems … Continue reading

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Life drawing. On Gold.

On gold. Acrylics, gesso, pencil and oil paint on prepared paper. 70 x 100cm.A frame on the floor really helped with the dynamism and proportion of the figure in the space. You can see how near I was in the … Continue reading

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Six studies of R

The first session with the young man. A few hours of painting, drawing, chatting and listening to Leonard Cohen. The second session. Great fun. Next post is the workings of the final painting.

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Life Drawing. C a l m . .

Calm. Acrylics, pencil and oil paint on paper. 70 x 100cm.There was some interesting times in the making of this work, fun with oil paint and keeping the atmosphere of the original time in the life studio. Some details showing … Continue reading

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Life drawing. The night of the 4B Pencil.

Thinking in Mono. Pencil on paper. 100 x 70cm.It was enjoyable not to have to worry about colour, brushes and cleaning up. A wash of Paynes Grey and liquin was put on the material at home. As usual, if only … Continue reading

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Life drawing. Presence.

Past & Present (SLG x2). Acrylic, pencil and oil on prepared paper. 100 x 70cm.The initial painting was in acrylic, then overpainted in oils thinned with liquin. Again the feeling of the models presence was important. Oil paint gives a … Continue reading

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Life Drawing. Movement | Stasis.

Movement | Stasis. Acrylics and pencil on prepared paper. 100 x 70cm.The dark blue frame and background was painted a few days before the figures. The work was made in two parts. In the first, the model (an actor) was … Continue reading

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Under the influence of Giotto.

I haven’t done many religious works in my life. After buying a beautiful book on Giotto’s work at Assisi, it seemed the right time to make some studies, to try and work out how he gets the emotional intensity of … Continue reading

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R&C

Mother & child. Acrylics on canvas. A good friend has had the most charming young man. I’ve put the work in an old museum frame, not sure what frame it needs at the moment. Here’s pretty much every stage of … Continue reading

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