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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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Birthday card art. Daughter, Father, Son.

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

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A connection is made.

A connection is made. Acrylic on treated plywood.Two of the top models in London, ‘A’ and Mr. Skellington. Lots of decisions made before putting paint on the brush. Colour, crop, brush sizes all were worked out beforehand. I was trying … Continue reading

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Life drawing: Look left.

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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, … Continue reading

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Life drawing 22.09.17. The actress.

The first of the new sessions. This was made by using a large angled flat-head brush loaded with tester pot grey. In two minutes I had the size and composition. Then with different sized pastels the details were worked out. … Continue reading

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Holiday Art 1. Still life in the sun.

Painting objects on their own doesn’t usually fill me with joy. I would rather have a breathing subject. The light being so strong in Italy, it gave the still life an interest to me. The subject is the light on … Continue reading

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Life painting 8. Lady on cardboard.

In a rush the paper was left behind. On the way some cardboard was spied, sniffed, found to be clean and carried to The Mary Ward Centre. As hoped the texture was interesting for a bit and the buff colour … Continue reading

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Mr Moustache. A portrait commission.

Mr Moustache went through a large amount of changes. All are fun. I was asked for an impressionistic view of the model, then a more realistic version, then a more photographic version, then a change of background. Some changes are … Continue reading

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Life drawing 8. Robin part 1.

Robin is a great actor and model. He is dramatic even when reclining. Now that is a loud background. An hour. This is the first part. There is room on the left for another pose, to be painted next Friday. … Continue reading

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Life drawing 4 technique & colour

A night of life drawing, in which the model smiles, paint gets smeared with a sponge and Mr Skellington strikes a pose. Continue reading

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Des as Grimaldi.

So, I’m having a small exhibition at the local café. All the paintings I put up are apparently too big for the space – health & safety with a little bit of politics thrown in, you get the picture? Anyway this means I have to come up with some smaller works. So I paint this local character, Des. He likes a joke, does Des, but he’s more than that. With this in mind I thrash at an old, knackered canvas board between 9 and 1, finding this in the morning, looking all colourful and that. Continue reading

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Life drawing 06.07.16. G next to the starless flag. Plus Skull.

This painting reflected the mood of the class on the outcome of the European vote. Hence the title. The simple stance and the wealth of surrounding detail added to the strong colours made for a decorative painting. This week’s theme was the relationship between … Continue reading

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Works worked on.

Aerial Remembers Acrylic, conté pastel, pencils, Japanese ink and lots of varnish. May 2016. 70x100cm. What happens after the action of the Tempest? Now free from obligation, what would Aerial do? A Reflection Oils, acrylics, conté pastel, pencils and varnish. May 2016. … Continue reading

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Life drawing 1 22/04/16. Ms T in many media

Ms T is a model with a dramatic presence; an arch of the eyebrow showing an inner strength? This work was planned in three distinct phases. The first marks were with a large brush heavily loaded with Wedgewood blue coloured acrylic … Continue reading

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Life Drawing 7: Barry as King Lear

There is something very good to draw about this much in demand model. People project and you react to this when putting the marks down on the page. For some reason the narrative of King Lear’s first scene came to … Continue reading

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Life Painting 6 & 7: 31.10.14. & 07.11.14 The dynamic & strong lady. Plus a sharpie sketch.

Last Friday was rather busy for me. There was only one hour left of the session. So sleeves were rolled up and this appeared. The smear on the top is the palette being scraped across the top. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. The friday … Continue reading

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Life Class 4: 07/02/14. The Professional. Plus 3 works in progress.

This model really cares about his work. It seems that the model really effects the end work, the marks made, the colours. This week the images were created by having oil pastels taped to long sticks. Drawing 3ft away from … Continue reading

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Life drawing 8: 15.11.13 The dancer.

This week saw the return of the same model that helped me produce my best life drawing ever (see a past post with that title). She’s a modern dancer, hence the presence, poise and strength. Even her hair is perfectly … Continue reading

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Life drawing: 4: 18.10.13. The dark haired lady.

Life drawing. Of a dark haired lady. Using acrylic, oil pastel, charcoal and chalk. Continue reading

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