Tag Archives: life drawing

The Grey Sketchbook.

After a cardboard square sketchbook, here’s the new grey, A3 sugar-paper one. Edward with umbrella, pencil and markers. Made when I felt absolutely terrible. It was such a nice composition that I had to scrawl it down. From top left. … Continue reading

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Art Classes are happening at my house.

So due to obvious reasons, art evening classes have been postponed. Now that I’m allowed to have some (well spaced) friends about, we’ve got together to paint and draw in my top floor studio. All very pleasant, with records played … Continue reading

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Spring Revision.

Painting after the event. The lack of model. Things get more plastic, colours stronger, design more obvious. The driving ideas in this work are sunlight on form, interiors and what is real in the world of the painting. Again, Matisse … Continue reading

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Sketches of my family.

A in the sunshine. Acrylic and pencil on paper.This work was about the full on power of the sun and what it does to colour and form. E at work. Acrylic and pencil on brown paper in a sketchbook.My youngest … Continue reading

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Self Portrait April 2020

I think this is finished with. For a while. Pensive self portrait. April 2020. Oil on canvas.Painted at different times of day, in different clothes, on different chairs (all things that were slightly unfortunate). You can tell it’s painted from … Continue reading

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Self Portrait update.

How quickly things can build. Since last week I have had two sessions at different times of the day. The best light is at 5pm but I’m almost always cooking for the family then. Due to a haircut (I was … Continue reading

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Self Portraits 2020.

This canvas I paint over every few years with a self portrait. Good practice, plus, with photography being what it is, there is still a record of the last version. Self portraits usually look a bit odd, an intense stare, … Continue reading

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B thinking: the sketches.

So, what do we have here, then? Some sketches form life, some colour tests, some studies and one of the points of inspiration, a Rembrandt self-portrait.

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The Red Painting 2. A work in progress.

Now, this painting is still not finished. It has no title and though it has themes, they have not completely coalesced. These images are what has happened so far, after each session. The model was painted from life. See the … Continue reading

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The Red Painting 1. Sketches, studies and notes.

These are the workings behind a major as yet unfinished painting of a seated life model. The square canvas has been worked on for a while; in spare time, on the tube or between design jobs I’ve been making notes … Continue reading

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Life Drawing. The Bewlay brothers. Plus Quick poses.

The Bewlay Brothers. Pencil and paint on paper.The title has been going around my head and seemed to fit. Some quick poses from the night. Some quick poses form the Friday before.

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Life Drawing: Memory

Remembering. Acrylic, oil washes, pencil and pastel on paper.Still trying to make the experience of the viewer more tangible. Some experiments in texture and mixed media. Heavily worked on at home, hence the title. Been looking at Michelangelo sculpture get … Continue reading

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Life Drawing: Time & notation.

Time & notation. Acrylics, pastels and pencils on paper. 1 hour. 30 minutes at home.The model changed the pose slightly ever 15 minutes. So it was concentrate and see what was on the paper at the end of the time. … Continue reading

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Life drawing 2: Sitting around the Stars.

Painting influenced by Pil’s ‘Metal Box’. Life drawing with some edge. 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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Portrait commission 2: second stages.

After making a Picasso-like painting, it was time to go to the realistic side of things.This image is a homage to the black and white photograph, especially Irving Penn.As usual, it was important to make the marks stand out, this … Continue reading

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Portrait commission 1: first sketches and a Picasso-like painting.

Over the next week there will be a post a day about my latest work, a painting of a girl named Rose.

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At London Zoo again.

I’ve gone to the zoo, sketchbook in hand. Here’s what I saw. Continue reading

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The Archer / ORION

The Archer / ORION. Oil on canvas. 75 x 75 cm.Painted over two life sessions with the model at the fabulous Mary Ward Centre, two sessions preparing the canvas, sketches, a session painting the fabric and four further sessions, finalising … Continue reading

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Two chairs, one empty. Now revised.

Two chairs, one empty. Acrylic and pencils on paper.I had some thoughts about a photograph in a magazine and in almost a fit of creativity, drew it onto of the painting. The new figure is a kind of ghost interacting … Continue reading

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