Tag Archives: Painting

A portrait of my Parents.

Anniversary portrait. Acrylic on card. A4.A pleasure to paint. My parents are very cool. Here they are in Italy in the 1960’s. Gold works well for this type of works, being obviously not ‘real’ and full of positive connotations. The … Continue reading

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Florida Art.

Palm Beach house for Mo.We went on a family holiday to Florida. Palm Beach, Key Largo, Key West and Miami Beach.I packed a big sketchbook and some acrylic paints and some pencils. I found the strong sunlight and deep shadows … Continue reading

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Portrait. Daryl J Hembrough in a smaller work.

Daryl J Hembrough in a small work. Acrylic, oil and pencil on card. 18 x 26cm.I was late to the class and quickly grabbed some small pieces of cardboard. Daryl is great to work with. The background material had a … Continue reading

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Portrait. Daryl J. Hembrough as Philosopher King.

Darryl J Hembrough as Philosopher King. Oil on old canvas board. 42 x 60cm.This painting was created using four colours over two and a half hours. I thought his contemplative atmosphere made him look like a Philosopher King. The colours … Continue reading

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Life drawing. Long thin calm nude.

Long thin calm nude. Oil on primed wood. 60 x 120cm. Three hours.The background was primed with grey-green paint, then Prussian blue and Naples yellow were used in tandem. The discipline of this gave me space to focus on the … Continue reading

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The Golden Couple.

The Golden Couple. Acrylics and gold leaf on gesso board. 14″ square.This painting was a commission for a Golden wedding anniversary. I had some fantastic photos of the couple from the 1960’s. There was something dynamic about this image which … Continue reading

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Portraits on paper.

The lump on my neck. Oil paint on card. 18cm square sketchbook page.Made using oil paint I had left over from other work. The light was strong and the thought of highlighting a part of me I’m not so proud … Continue reading

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Life drawing. 5 views.

Here are 5 paintings. I think they are all equally good. All are painted on prepared paper, in acrylics with a little pencil. All were made in John Close’s art class on a Friday night.

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Life painting: Gogmagog sleeps.

Gogmagog sleeps. Acrylics, oils and pencil on prepared paper. 91 x 72cm.I’ve had some free time for 15 minutes on Saturday mornings to look out from a disused bridge in Muswell Hill onto London. It’s an amazing view with landmarks … Continue reading

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Kate sleeping.

Kate sleeping. 2002(?) – 2022. Oil on Canvas. Kate sleeping was a pretty successful painting of my wife Kate. One of a series of 3.It was painted on the then fashionable very thick framed canvas so it stood out from … Continue reading

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Life drawing. On Melancholia.

On Melancholia. Acrylic, pencil and oil paint on prepared paper. 91 x 72cm. November – January 2021. Another painting that took a long time, with a fair bit of thought involved. Again, the work was halted and not particularly ‘finished’. … Continue reading

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Life drawing. On the theme of Samuel Beckett.

On the theme of Samuel Beckett (PUSH). Acrylic, pencil, and oil paint. 70 x 92cm. 26 November – January 2021.This work had a lot of thought and time put into it. I treated it as a commission from a patron, … Continue reading

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Life drawing: I see you

I see you. Acrylic and oils on canvas. 91 x76cmAnother version on what to do after the life drawing session. This is a streamlined composition, with each element refined. There was supposed to be two life drawing sessions, due to … Continue reading

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Life drawing. Study in the study.

Study in the study. Acrylic and a little pencil on prepared paper. 3 hours. 1 brush.The idea behind this work was to spend time on the whole composition, rather than just the body. Objects were moved, some colours were changed … Continue reading

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S & L in the summer.

S & L in the summer. Painted August- October 2021. Oil on canvas. 76 x 102 cm.This painting was a joy to make. I’ve tried to keep the joy, energy and fun of being young. The colours are intense and … Continue reading

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Life drawing. The character actor at rest.

The character actor at rest. Acrylics and Chinagraph on watercolour paper. Around A3.Such a pleasure drawing Robin. This session was loosely based on some of Francis Bacon’s set ups; I couldn’t seem to come up with anything quite as dark. … Continue reading

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Life Drawing. Man with red, man with blue.

Man on blue. Acrylic and pencil on prepared paper. This week I wanted to focus on skin colours. We were in a big room and the model was fairly far away, so no distortions. There were a lot of blue … Continue reading

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Life Drawing. Lady in grey, red and green

Friday life drawing has started again, this time in a small group of talented artists at St.Lukes, South Islington. http://www.slpt.org.uk I miss friendly The Mary Ward Centre with it’s purpose built life room. The tutor is the same, the great … Continue reading

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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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