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Flower paintings and drawings.

Flowers, lemon and grapes. Acrylic and pencils on watercolour paper. A very busy composition with a nice mesh of textures and colours. It is supposed to look serious and not frivolous. Flower painting is not something that interests many modern … Continue reading

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Holiday Sketch Series 5: Naples.

Sea Bathers, Naples. An amalgam of the previous sketches, this could well be worked up into a painting. It made all those life drawing classes make sense in the real world. All body shapes out for sunbathing and swimming fun … Continue reading

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Holiday Sketches Series 4: Pompeii & Hadrian’s Villa.

The main theatre at Pompeii. You can see how hot it was. My wife (the lady in blue) momentarily sat in front of me before retreating to the shade, so she was quickly captured on the page. The sun bleached … Continue reading

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Holiday Sketches Series 3: Rome

THE PANTHEON. Has to be in Caps really. Probably my favourite building. Some details of all the people and that mesmerising hole at the top of the dome. An earlier version of THE PANTHEON. An impossible building to draw. Too … Continue reading

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Holiday Sketches Series 2a: Tivoli in pencil

The view from our accommodation in Tivoli was sublime. Hills, waterfalls, rocks with caves, a zig zag path into a gorge, a city on a precipice, a misty view out onto the plain and a terraced hillside full of different … Continue reading

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Holiday Sketches Series: 1 Travel & Pisa.

I love drawing on planes. A captive audience.

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Charmouth sketches.

These are all in a beautiful and practical new landscape sketchbook, made by our good friend, Sarah A. Beside the seaside. Graphite stick and pencil.The sound of hammers on rocks as fossil hunters seek a coelacanth. The idea was to … Continue reading

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Gallery studies. Epstein, Van Gogh and Bacon.

Study of The Visitation, a sculpture by Jacob Epstein. Pencil on sketchbook. Made by standing infront of the work in the Tate Britain (while overhearing Simon Schama enthuse on David Bomberg, which made me very happy). I really like the … Continue reading

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Life Drawing: Black & White into Colour. Plus Umbrellas indoors.

The Quick & the Quicker. Acrylic and pencil on paper. 1 hour infant of the model, 30 minutes in the studio. I’ve been looking at underpainting, thinking to get the important part down from life and add things like colour … Continue reading

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A birthday card.

Some details and the idea behind the choice of paper and techniques. I do love the early colour process, Autochrome. These photographs on glass have a really interesting patina.

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I’m in an Exhibition, plus many sketches.

Sorry, it’s been a while. I’ve been working hard on a graphics project, so time has passed since the last post. I’m in a lovely exhibition at the NudeTinCan gallery in St. Albans. It’s called ‘Nude or fully Clothed’ which suits the wide range of good works on show.I have two pieces in the exhibition: Repeat Performance … Continue reading

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Sketchweek 7: Highgate wood.

To end the week here’s the tranquil landscape of Highgate Wood. The dog I’m looking after wanted to rest, so out came the book and this is what was recorded. The path. 040818. Graphite stick and HB pencil. A detail … Continue reading

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Sketchweek 6: Barry Humphries’ Weimar Cabaret + my son on the tube.

This was a fantastic show. Meow Meow is incredible. Musically pretty perfect too. I pray for a recorded version to torture / play to the kids in the car. Setting the scene: The Barbican hall before the performance. Pencil. 40 … Continue reading

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Sketchweek 5: Drawing in the dark.

‘Draw without looking at the paper’. The sort of thing an art teacher will say to a student. As it was nightime around a camp fire when this was made there was no choice. When I looked at the paper … Continue reading

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Sketchweek 3: Anthony Hopkins as King Lear.

Again, watching Shakespeare on the TV. Again, the TV sketching rules are: No freeze framing, No revising afterwards. So it’s like a moving life drawing class. King Lear is great to draw as he goes through such a transformation. Anthony … Continue reading

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Sketchweek 1: Family

The amount of times you’ve looked at your family. As you know them so well, there is only so much you can fit into a drawing of them. My Father. 130718. Pencil in sketchbook. A sense of calm. A detail … Continue reading

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London Zoo + Patti Smith!?

While chaperoning school children to London Zoo; of course there were a few moments in which to make a sketch or two. Here they are. Gorillas just cannot smile, they haven’t got the muscles. And there was me thinking they … Continue reading

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27.10.17. Jay, tall and poetic.

I’ve used Jay’s real name as he’ not shy. See Instagram #jay_life_model He’s tall and poetic in demeanor. Again just a pencil (a HB this time) and some choice on what to draw. I’ve taken out the easel he’s leaning … Continue reading

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Life Drawing 20.27.17. Pencil only.

The angular lady G with fluid blue ribbon. A 4B pencil. As a child I didn’t use colour, just this smudgy pencil. Strange to go back. The graphic designer in me had to make the ribbon blue. The angular lady … Continue reading

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Holiday Art 1. Still life in the sun.

Painting objects on their own doesn’t usually fill me with joy. I would rather have a breathing subject. The light being so strong in Italy, it gave the still life an interest to me. The subject is the light on … Continue reading

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