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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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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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Birthday card art. Daughter, Father, Son.

Paintings and a drawing, made for birthday cards. 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 4: The final work.

Here’s the final painting. I’ll varnish it in about 6 months. Lots of nice details.

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Portrait commission 3: the process.

These are photographs taken at the end of each painting session.The next post will have the finished version.

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Portrait commission 2: second stages.

After making a Picasso-like painting, it was time to go to the realistic side of things.This image is a homage to the black and white photograph, especially Irving Penn.As usual, it was important to make the marks stand out, this … 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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Holiday Sketches Series 4: Pompeii & Hadrian’s Villa.

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

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Holiday Sketches Series 3: Rome

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

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Holiday Sketches Series 2b: Tivoli landscape painting.

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

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Holiday Sketches Series 2a: Tivoli in pencil

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

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Holiday Sketches Series: 1 Travel & Pisa.

I love drawing on planes. A captive audience.

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Charmouth sketches.

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

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Painting in progress.

Painting in progress, untitled. Oil on canvas.Using a mixture of liquin and zest. The colour choice was ochres, cobalt turquoise light, raw sienna, lamp black and windsor blue. I’ve made the model have a bow. I’m researching archery now. Below … Continue reading

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Preparations for a painting

There’s a few paintings I’m working on at the moment. This is being made at the Mary Ward Centre. Pencil study of R with JT painting him. Pencil, acrylic and oil paint on paper. I decided to make a realistic … Continue reading

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Two chairs, one empty. Now revised.

Two chairs, one empty. Acrylic and pencils on paper.I had some thoughts about a photograph in a magazine and in almost a fit of creativity, drew it onto of the painting. The new figure is a kind of ghost interacting … Continue reading

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