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Life Drawing. Here’s Looking At You. Here’s looking at you. Oil on canvas. 90x90cm.This probably the last painting I’ll make in the wonderful life room of the Mary Ward Centre, Queens Square, London. Friday nights will never be the same. … Continue reading

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Life drawing. In the tree plus other works.

Paintings that aren’t bad but weren’t finished, got lost or were overlooked. In the tree. oil on canvas.After the session in the life room, what to make with the image you’ve created? On this painting, I made sketches – at … Continue reading

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Balance A.

Balance A. Oil on canvas. 40 x 35cm.At the Mary Ward Centre the theme was Red. I had an old canvas stumbled in blue oil paint.This shows through on some of the figure, giving the shadows depth. originally there was … Continue reading

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Balance

Balance. Oil and pencils on canvas board. 42 x 32 cm.A balance of hot and cold colours, detail and blank space. The board was primed with thick acrylic which soaked the oil paint up, making the paint look like dry … Continue reading

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Green, blue, white.

Green, Blue, White. Acrylic of grey-green then Prussian blue and Zinc white oil paint sometimes thinned with Walnut oil or Liquin on canvas. 76 x 90cm.An exercise in painting two colours onto a third. If I was to start again, … Continue reading

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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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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 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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Life drawing. Looking left x2.

Looking left No.1. Acrylic, chalk and pencil on paper. I think it was 25 minutes, plus some more on the skull of the now famous Mr. Skellington.Sitting poses need some dynamism. The chalk was added on the background to make … 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: Dominic on blue.

Dominic in Blue. Acrylic, pencil and pastel on paper.Another fantastic night of painting with Domininc. A very dynamic set up of easels surrounding the model.

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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 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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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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Painting in progress.

Painting in progress, untitled. Oil on canvas.Using a mixture of liquin and zest. The colour choice was ochres, cobalt turquoise light, raw sienna, lamp black and windsor blue. I’ve made the model have a bow. I’m researching archery now. Below … Continue reading

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Preparations for a painting

There’s a few paintings I’m working on at the moment. This is being made at the Mary Ward Centre. Pencil study of R with JT painting him. Pencil, acrylic and oil paint on paper. I decided to make a realistic … 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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Life Drawing. Faceless.

Dominic wearing Barrie’s mask. Pencil and acrylic on paper.Dominic has a bright, positive personality, which shows through even in this muted painting.. His face was covered by a mask, hence the blurry feel. The mask was worn by another model, … 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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