Category Archives: Uncategorized

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

Posted in Art, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Art, Life Drawing, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

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

Posted in Art, Life Drawing, Sketchbooks, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Brown Sketchbook. 2. People!

I do like drawing people. Most of these people I know very well. The nude was a model from a few years ago.

Posted in Sketchbooks, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Brown paper sketchbook. 1. Doodles!

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

Posted in Sketchbooks, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Spring Revision.

Painting after the event. The lack of model. Things get more plastic, colours stronger, design more obvious. The driving ideas in this work are sunlight on form, interiors and what is real in the world of the painting. Again, Matisse … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Life Drawing, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Art, Life Drawing, Sketchbooks, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

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

Posted in Art, Life Drawing, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Art, Life Drawing, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

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.

Posted in Art, Life Drawing, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Birthday card art. Daughter, Father, Son.

Paintings and a drawing, made for birthday cards. Continue reading

Posted in Art, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Life drawing 2: Sitting around the Stars.

Painting influenced by Pil’s ‘Metal Box’. Life drawing with some edge. Continue reading

Posted in Art, Life Drawing, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Art, Life Drawing, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Portrait commission 4: The final work.

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

Posted in Art, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Portrait commission 3: the process.

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

Posted in Art, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

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

Posted in Art, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

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.

Posted in Art, Life Drawing, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

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

Posted in Art, landscape, Sketchbooks, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Art, landscape, Sketchbooks, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments