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Pencil portraits.

Birthday card. Faber Castell Polychromos Deep Cobalt Green 158. On A4 cartridge paper 400gsm.So, I had a nice photo of my son, a quick search for an image of the young Napoleon and Viola! Goodbye Ben. Faber Castell Polychromos pencils. … Continue reading

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Sketchbooks: Travel.

Gails in South Kensington. Having a coffee. This reminds me of a bus stop picture I made in powder paint circa 1985… Sketching my son sketching x3. On the Northern line. Showing him differing approaches to starting a drawing. My … 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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Cricket art?

So, I now have a son who plays cricket. This involves a fair bit of looking at people playing in cricket matches. Luckily I have a sketch book and some pencils to hand. Cricket has rhythms, perspectives, big skies, trees … Continue reading

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A tree as metaphor

Growth. Japanese ink and pencil on old watercolour paper. 22 x 22cm.This was given to an old friend who has been having a time of it lately. I was thinking of how this tree has had branches snap, has been … Continue reading

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Beautiful trees.

Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown’s tree with sheep, summer 2021. Tester pot acrylic and pencil on 1960’s art paper. Around A3. Probably an old imperial size.Chatsworth is a nice place to spend a few hours, lounging in the grounds, trying not to … Continue reading

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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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