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Portrait of R looking up.

R looking up. Oil on gesso on wood. 13″ square.This is the hardest painting to photograph. It really does look different in real life. The work has more depth and presence. It will be interesting to see whether it gets … 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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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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Life Drawing. Repeat Performance.

The last two sessions of the term at The Mary Ward Centre, Queen Square, London. The figures on the left could be in a painting within a painting. The pictoral space is slightly out. A painting is like a song … Continue reading

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Claire portrait art book.

Here are some spreads of the book showing how the painting came into being.

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Life Drawing. Man.

We were asked what we wanted the work to be about before we started drawing. Answers ranged from ‘volume’, ‘real’; I said ‘grace’. This is delicate. Each surface has it’s own marks and colour scheme. This was made with acrylics … Continue reading

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Hemingway 5. Different views.

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Hemingway 4. The book of the painting.

Being a designer as well as a painter I make books on my major paintings. This collates all the different strands that go into the work. I do like a show & tell. Here’s some of the spreads.   Buy … Continue reading

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Hemingway 3. The finished work.

Ernest Hemingway, Pilar The Gulf Stream Sun over the yard arm 1947So here it is. A long time. A lot of thought. A fair few marks. Some notes on the work. The work is made from oil paint with a … Continue reading

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Hemingway painting 1. Studies.

This is the story of an oil painting. A painting of Ernest Hemingway, commissioned by a major patron of mine. There will be 5 posts, this one is about the research, sketches and studies. An oil study with pencil, around … 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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AB Smiles Sunny Sunday Magnolia.

The final work. A commission. The work at angles. The work seems to handle being played with. Here’s a harder version, more like an old master palette and blue period Picasso version. I still like this large sketch from life. … Continue reading

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