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Red painting 3. The Mysteries.

The Mysteries. Oil on canvas. 90cm square.I think that’s pretty much it. The ideas behind this work were:• To make something on a very red ground after doing a few paintings on very blue backgrounds• To make a work that … Continue reading

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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

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Reflection & study.

Reflection. Acrylics, charcoal and pencil on canvas. 30.11.18 & 07.12.18This painting is of a well known model. The composition is unusual.The last of the term at the brilliant Mary Ward Centre. Study for Reflection. Charcoal, acrylic, pencil and chalk on … Continue reading

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Life drawing: Francis Bacon.

Saturday 8th September. In a crypt in a church opposite Euston station. A great set up of scenes based around Francis Bacon. Around 4 hours of intense drawing. http://londondrawing.com/ Three Studies of ‘George Dyer’. Chalk and graphite sticks. The model … Continue reading

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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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Life drawing 09.02.2018. The Look | The shadow.

So, you have a scene. What do you paint? What do you leave in or take out? What colours to use? All in an hour. The mixture of decisions and the muscle memory is thrilling to me. So, here are … Continue reading

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Life Drawing 02.02.2018. Reclining vertically.

 

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Life drawing 2. St. Jerome

This very empathic model once posed as St. Jerome in a crypt near Euston. For me he will always be the saint. This is painted over an old work, which meant that it pushed me to great heights. If I’m … Continue reading

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Life Drawing 1: The blue & red rooms

  A detail of the above. This figure was painted first, with a large expanse waiting for the next pose. Both took 30 minutes each. Poses in the red room. The horizontal line connects the two poses. Three figures on … Continue reading

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Mr. Skellington Sings.

The first life drawing session of the year. I happened to get to the Mary Ward Centre early. Turned a few lights on. Set up. Painted for 30 minutes. Tested out some oil sticks. Title: Sing Yor Life Detail. A … Continue reading

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Life drawing 08.12.17. Model & artist.

  A collection of the work in progress.

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Life Drawing 24.11.17. Preparations for a long pose.

The next two weeks will be on one pose. Composition-wise I like the silence on the left, the artist and their reflection and the model in a dynamic seated pose. The side-on artist contrasts nicely with the model. I think … Continue reading

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27.10.17. Jay, tall and poetic.

I’ve used Jay’s real name as he’ not shy. See Instagram #jay_life_model He’s tall and poetic in demeanor. Again just a pencil (a HB this time) and some choice on what to draw. I’ve taken out the easel he’s leaning … 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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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 2. Work in progress.

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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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Life Drawing 6: The Australian.

This session was about the horizontal contours around shapes. This was the last session for the life model before returning to Oz. Again the paper was prepared before using toxic spraypaint. This was created in an hour of fun. Good … Continue reading

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