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Drawing from Rodin.

Going to Rodin at the Tate Modern, was as good as I imagined it could be. Really thought provoking and exciting, a show with ideas on scale, theme, revision, finish, intuition, lack of colour, the body and sexuality. It makes … Continue reading

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Life Drawing. Now and then.

Now and then. Acrylics and pencil on prepared paper. 90 x 70cm.The painting set up had A Rubens reproduction on the wall, a life model on a chair and a fake fur stole. The mix of textures from the shiny … Continue reading

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Life Drawing. Man with red, man with blue.

Man on blue. Acrylic and pencil on prepared paper. This week I wanted to focus on skin colours. We were in a big room and the model was fairly far away, so no distortions. There were a lot of blue … Continue reading

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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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Good Dogs.

Good Dogs. Oil on canvas board. 40cm square.I’m slowly getting the hang of oil paint. This was a secret commission, so was given a photo and a quick deadline. 1. Thumbnail sketches were made of the composition, then the photograph … 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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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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Life drawing. Lady of the orange, grey and blue.

Lady of the orange, grey and blue. Acrylic, pencil, and thinned oil paint on paper. 90 x 70 cm.The last pose of the night with a thin blue ribbon draped over the model. It was important to have the line … 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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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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IEA. Triple portrait.

IEA. Oil on canvas. A triple portrait of my children. Made over the last year. In an old frame. Some details.

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Neil and dogs in the sunshine. 5. Details.

And that’s the book. Hope you enjoyed it.

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Neil and two dogs in the sunshine. 4. The finished work.

The whole family in paint.

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Neil and two dogs in the sunshine. 3. Nine painting sessions.

More tomorrow…

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Neil and two dogs in the sunshine. 2. Palette.

A second study from life. More tomorrow.

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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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Zoom / Real Still Life With Mirror

Zoom / Real Still Life With Mirror. Oil on canvas board. 50x40cm. Sunday 31/01/2021. 2 hours. Along with some artist friends I painted still life from a screen on Zoom. Infront of this screen I placed on a book a … Continue reading

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Life drawing. On Gold.

On gold. Acrylics, gesso, pencil and oil paint on prepared paper. 70 x 100cm.A frame on the floor really helped with the dynamism and proportion of the figure in the space. You can see how near I was in the … Continue reading

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Portrait of R looking up. How the painting was made.

After each session I took a picture. This takes us up to the nearly finished work. The painting is rather hard to capture in a camera, which pleases me. The light changes the work a lot. The next post will … Continue reading

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Six studies of R

The first session with the young man. A few hours of painting, drawing, chatting and listening to Leonard Cohen. The second session. Great fun. Next post is the workings of the final painting.

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