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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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Portrait of B thinking.

It’s taken a while. In the next few posts I’ll show how this work came to be. Portrait of B thinking. Oil on wood. 14.02.2020. 14″ square. See details. Some real up-close details and the palette.

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Life drawing. ‘David & Bathsheba’

David & Bathsheba – surely Bathsheba and David! The title is a bit of joke. Acrylic and pencil on paper.The artist in the background is called David (though no lust was involved and he is not a king), plus, the … 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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Portrait commission 4: The final work.

Here’s the final painting. I’ll varnish it in about 6 months. Lots of nice details.

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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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Life Drawing. Canvas & blue tape.

The Blue Look. Acrylic and pencil on canvas.This was an old canvas painted a light turquoise-blue. The composition has a lot of movement for a seated pose with strong light.I now have my easel near my work desk so I … Continue reading

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Life drawing. Robin, tie, skull.

Robin, tie, skull. Acrylics and pencil on board. 1 hour. This was a fight from the off. The crop meant that the face did not coalesce easily. Texture and composition were fun. Here’s a close up of the texture on … Continue reading

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Life drawing. Nudes on blue & green.

Two nudes on blue. Acrylic on canvas board. The night of the alternating poses. An exciting night where things were kept moving by a new set up. The model alternated between two poses, changing positions every 15 minutes. 
This made … Continue reading

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Life drawing. SL.

SL with green and artist. Acrylic and charcoal on canvas. 6o minutes. After going to the Anni Albers show at the Tate Modern, I wanted to up my game on the colour and texture front. The painting gets thinner the … Continue reading

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Life Drawing 25.05.18. Nearly fainting…

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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 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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Life Drawing 13.10.17. On dark ground.

Getting to the Mary Ward Centre early, I picked my place, set my easel up and painted both sheets of paper a very dark grey (a Valspar tester pot named ‘La Plancha’). The living, the dead and the plastic, reflected. … Continue reading

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Life drawing 29.09.17. The positive man.

It’s good to meet someone who loves their job. This model was really happy with the whole process and the end result that he had help create. This was a quick pose painted on prepared paper. The quick excercises and … Continue reading

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Life drawing 22.09.17. The actress.

The first of the new sessions. This was made by using a large angled flat-head brush loaded with tester pot grey. In two minutes I had the size and composition. Then with different sized pastels the details were worked out. … 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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Life Drawing 2. Wrong hand? Wrong media?

A found pot of ink and a pipette. Lessons on drawing with your ‘wrong’ hand, drawing without looking at the paper, drawing on crumpled paper, drawing with both hands. The last hour was spent doing this composition, with my fellow … Continue reading

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Saints in the café.

These are two local gentlemen. One wears Rasta clothes and nail varnish, the other a nice fedora. Both have walking sticks, which gave me a link to bring them into the same image. Media used: Wood base, acrylic, pencils, metallic … Continue reading

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Adverts for local press.

Made for the Tufnell Park Parents magazine. Kept as simple as possible. Lots of faces and an email. A full page version. A half page version.

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