Tag Archives: Oil painting

Life drawing. Presence.

Past & Present (SLG x2). Acrylic, pencil and oil on prepared paper. 100 x 70cm.The initial painting was in acrylic, then overpainted in oils thinned with liquin. Again the feeling of the models presence was important. Oil paint gives a … 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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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 Succession.

The Succession. Oil on Canvas. 1x1m. 08.05.19. The work is about representing living people on canvas. The real model, the reflection of the model and the Artist reflected in a mirror, the skull (a remnant from an earlier painting on … Continue reading

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Life painting. One Sunday afternoon.

Sunday afternoon. 3 hours of oil painting on canvas. The skull wasn’t that near the model in the studio. The colours seemed to work well, though I found oil painting problematic, with it’s longer drying time and buttery texture. The … Continue reading

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Claire in the afternoon.

This a portrait of a friend that I’ve been creating on and off for around a year. Everybody (including myself) seems very happy with it. There’s a earlier practice painting as well, shown below. If you’d like to know more … Continue reading

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Hemingway 5. Different views.

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Hemingway 2. Work in progress.

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Life drawing: Oil & canvas

The last of this year’s Friday night classes at the wonderful Mary Ward Centre. Using oils with a time limit can be tricky. The results can be a muddy mess. A solution was to lay on the paint and then … Continue reading

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Blue PandA portrait in oils.

A double portrait in oils. For a friend’s anniversary. The source material was a dark photograph taken from a concert. Made to go with a similar painting I’d created 10 years before as a wedding present. It was handed over to … Continue reading

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Life drawing 1. Exercises.

Back into another session of life drawing at the wonderful Mary Ward Centre. Nice to see some familiar faces. Drawn with both hands at once on an  A3 cardboard envelope. 10 minutes. The other side of the envelope. A drawing … Continue reading

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Works worked on.

Aerial Remembers Acrylic, conté pastel, pencils, Japanese ink and lots of varnish. May 2016. 70x100cm. What happens after the action of the Tempest? Now free from obligation, what would Aerial do? A Reflection Oils, acrylics, conté pastel, pencils and varnish. May 2016. … Continue reading

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Life drawing 13.05.16. ‘D’ in oils.

I’m trying to make sure you have the feel of a real person in a real room. The stylisation happens in accidentally. With the range of hues, positioning of the figure and range of brushstrokes, this has normal, academic feel. There … Continue reading

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Life drawing 06.05.16. ‘A’ The lady dancer in oils.

This week oil paint and paper met with a lot of non toxic turps substitute. The interaction was sometimes frustrating but gives these works a different feel than the usual acrylic marks. The model, ‘A’  is fantastic and has been … Continue reading

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Self Portrait 40, 42, & 45.

The end product. Oil paint on canvas, painted wooden frame. This has been sent in to the Ruth Borchard self-portrait prize. The work 40, 42, & 45 was painted over the last 5 years, with a nod to Dorian Gray. … 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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DC

This is a portrait of a friend, sitting at my kitchen table with a glass of white wine lit by candlelight. What I’m trying to do with this painting is: 1. Make you feel like you are really there. The … Continue reading

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Revising old artworks.

All these works are in a state of flux. Will they ever be truely finished? Not sure. A self portrait from real life. I like the idea of a constantly aging self portrait. Sort of not Dorian Grey / self … Continue reading

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A new practice painting.

Taken from a very large life drawing. This was the first session. Let’s see where it goes. It’s quite spooky at the moment.

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Painting progress

Here’s a perspective shot of a painting that’s around half way through at the moment. It’s of a mother, child and their dog in a wood, on a metre square canvas. It should be ready to present by Christmas. Now … Continue reading

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