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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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The view from the exterior / interior.

A good night’s life painting. With some work on Sunday afternoon, two paintings are finished. They would look better in oils on canvas but that would be quite a more time consuming , messy and impractical process. We do what … Continue reading

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Life Drawing sessions. 4. Talk / Listen.

Talk to me. Acrylic, black oil paint, pencils on paper. 70x100cmThe model didn’t have red hair. Or such dirty feet. The paper was prepared with dark grey, the light cement colour was quickly and thickly applied, somehow influenced by the … Continue reading

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4 Life Drawing sessions. 3. Relax / Tense.

Relax. Acrylics and pencil on paper. 70x100cm.The paper was prepared with the messy grey-green. The light blue was quickly put on, then the drawing. in the last five minutes of the pose, the pinks and whites were applied. The background … Continue reading

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Goats in Clissold Park, Stoke Newington. Plus Ottesa Moshfegh.

Two Goats, Clissold Park, Stoke Newington. Pencils in the grey sketchbook.Clissold park is great for people (and goat) watching. I had 40 minutes in between picking up the children from climbing. The deer and birds were too far away to … Continue reading

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Derbyshire views.

While staying a week in Derbyshire I had enough time to make a few works. In landscape painting I’m trying to make my viewpoint wide the bridge to get the sense of the way the human eye takes in the … Continue reading

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4 Life Drawing sessions. 1 Prussian blue and ochre.

Due to various reasons I haven’t been painting life models since 2019.There is a small exclusive set of life drawing sessions over the summer holidays and I was lucky enough to be invited. The weather may be hot and the … Continue reading

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Grey Sketchbook: The Fabrick, or Ashover Rock.

I went up North for a holiday and made this landscape in the Grey A3 Sketchbook.This majestic rock is pronounced ‘The Feybrick’ btw. The rocks around the hill were used as the fabric of the local church, hence the name.The … Continue reading

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Brown sketchbook. The last few pages…

Now, what new sketchbook do I get? Top row: By the Thames making art with Sarah Middle row: Faces and flowersBottom row: Edward and me working through books and legends, Karaoke night More abstract works. The white is heavily textured … Continue reading

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The book of the exhibition

The first look through a book you’ve designed is a special time. A mixture of trepidation ‘is there any mistakes in the printing, design or copy?’ and the joy of having a physical example of your work. Here’s a film … Continue reading

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Flower drawings in ink markers.

Peonies v2I’m using markers for the first time in my life. At one point I had to do some marker visualising (drawing scenes or images before the photoshoot), something that was fun but a bit hit and miss as after … Continue reading

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Flower paintings and drawings.

Flowers, lemon and grapes. Acrylic and pencils on watercolour paper. A very busy composition with a nice mesh of textures and colours. It is supposed to look serious and not frivolous. Flower painting is not something that interests many modern … Continue reading

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Brown Sketchbook. People and poppies.

All these sketches were made last Sunday, in a dry, bright, poppy strewn garden. Poppies are so vibrant, the simple shapes and intensity of colour please me. Perspective and flower drawings are interesting, how you can suggest depth with the … Continue reading

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Brown Sketchbook: Summertime view and collage.

A summer view. Trying to get the strength of sunlight. Two pages of collages. Juxtaposition. Connection. Like a lot of life at the moment; a sense of randomness, snatches of ideas. Theses things have been inspirational. Strength of colour, taste … Continue reading

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