Tasteful pinkyblue sparkly woodblock printing.


Not Much to say on this one.
You either like hand printed sequined woodblocks or you don’t.
Something satisfying about the amount of texture and detail in something so readable.

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Life drawing. Nudes on blue & green.

2 nudes on blueTwo nudes on blue. Acrylic on canvas board.
The night of the alternating poses.
An exciting night where things were kept moving by a new set up.
The model alternated between two poses, changing positions every 15 minutes. 
This made for a refreshed viewing of the model, with new insights each time.
The idea was the have the two poses on the same page. Due to my positioning I decided to move the far pose in the composition from far left to near right. The acrylic paint was laid on thickly with only some (un-needed) charcoal pencil added.
Here’s some details / crops:

15 minute nude on green. Acrylic on card. A tester for the main picture.

15 minute nude on green card

15 minute back. Acrylic on paper.

1st nude back

Now that is dry paint.

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Life drawing. SL.

SL with green

SL with green and artist. Acrylic and charcoal on canvas. 6o minutes.
After going to the Anni Albers show at the Tate Modern, I wanted to up my game on the colour and texture front. The painting gets thinner the further back the object is in the image. The rubber plant is impasto, the artist (David; you can tell by his trademark cross legged stance) is scumbled. The model has grace; placed against the dark grey, her skin has a luminosity.


Details of SL with green and artist. Again inspired by Anni Albers, I’ve tried to make sure the canvas works well from a distance and up close.


SL on blue twice

SL on blue x2. Acrylic and charcoal on canvas board. 30 minutes.
I like the mixture of colours, textures and mediums.

Details of the SL on blue x2.

SL with tripod and in pinks

SL with tripod and in pink. Acrylic and pencil on the back of a canvas board. 30 minutes.
According to a good photographer it looks a bit like a Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, which I’m happy with.

Details of SL with tripod and in pink.
The smaller pink lady was the warm up pose. You can tell by the tentative marks.

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Life drawing. Head over Heels

Friday night 6-9pm 28.09.18. The Mary Ward Centre. John Close was the tutor.

Skull and feet

Head over Heels. Acrylic and wax pencil on canvas board. Around 50 minutes.
Thanks for the title Andy. The final pose of the night. The full figure would have been good but there’s been a many over the years and the feet and skull make an intriguing mix of life and death. With the composition focused on just three objects, the colour, brush-marks and texture could be thought out a little more than unusual. The background base colour can still be seen. The skin colour wasn’t blended; your eye has to do that work. Mr Skellington’s skull has dry impasto loaded on it; the colours on the skull are mixed between the skin and material. The material the objects rest on is made with thinner paint and scumbled with dry-brush marks; it is lighter the further the material is from the audience’s eye.

Below are the  the other work made and some close-ups of the skull.
1. The canvas later painted with skull and feet. The drawing was made without looking at the canvas.
2. A painting made on crumpled paper.
3 & 4. A detail and full picture of 3 poses. It was fun to paint something so small for 15 minutes. This seated figure is only 5cm high. The larger paintings of the model were made with both hands working at the same time or painting upwards only.



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Life drawing.Canvas boards & black paper.

Back to the Mary Ward Centre on a Friday night with the great tutor John Close.
The model was the fantastic Dominic, a very enthusiastic young man with some very good poses.

All work was made with one large brush, some pencils and chalk.

Tension. Black paper. Made in 10 minutes. Nice and free.

Daniel with hands on head

Two poses, two artists. On canvas board.
I wanted the artists to be vaguer, the model to be the focus. Interesting colour palette. Two poses of 30 minutes.

Daniel x2 plus 2 artists

Four poses. On canvas board.
Letting the canvas fill up with marks.
Four poses of 15 minutes.

Daniel x4

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I love woodblock type. Bought a new typeface, a news gothic, from Ireland apparently. They didn’t have a ‘W’ so I got a free ‘!’.
The Japanese ink has been mixed with cheap blue poster paint.

Anyway, just look at the loveliness.


You will see more of this in the coming months…

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