Tag Archives: pencils

Hands

I’ve been on public transport and find that instead of glaring at people without masks on, I’d rather look at my hands and draw what I see.

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Drawing, drawing and more drawing.

My wonderful sister. A birthday card.Thought it would be fun to mimic an early Lucian Freud trick. Waiting for a friend St.Martins Lane.So much fun being in the centre of the world (for me) and having some time to make … Continue reading

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Life drawing. Just pencils

Ms Mono. Pencils on paper. One hour pose. This model always has a regal air about her.There was an idea to keep it simpler on this Friday night. Just pencils. Not to worry about skin colour, so the figure is … Continue reading

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Life drawing. The look.

The Look. Charcoal, pastel and pencils on paper 100 x 72.So, there was fabric hanging from my easel to the model. I had decided to travel light and just take a range of pencils and a rubber by my side. … Continue reading

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Sketchbook: Wales

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Copley copy.

A tricky composition. At the Tate Britain, having a wander, thinking about political art and depictions of war, having just seen the Aftermath exhibition of post WWI art. I’ve always liked this painting as the artist, John Singleton Copley is … Continue reading

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A bus journey.

The number 263 to Highbury Corner around 11am on the 26th February 2018.

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Party sketches

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Summer sketches. Surrey Flowers & Lewes Lido

These sketchbook pages are concerned with sunlight, interesting mark making and colour. The first three are images were made in gardens that are growing like there is no tomorrow. How to capture all this? These images were made at Lewes … Continue reading

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Sketches made when waiting…

A self portrait in a little mirror. I like being a bit unflattering with myself. No hairbrush, early night or shave for me. The eye is closed as the mirror was so near the two eyes were giving differnet views. … Continue reading

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Xmas holiday sketches & paintings

These works are mounted in black square frames that are quite recessed. A series of paintings treating the same source images in a range of different ways. Pencil and acrylics. These paintings were made side by side and at the same … Continue reading

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Life Drawing 4. Against Stasis & Procrastination

The lurking enemies of art are stasis and procrastination – the nearest I get to a cat poster. Continue reading

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Des as Grimaldi.

So, I’m having a small exhibition at the local café. All the paintings I put up are apparently too big for the space – health & safety with a little bit of politics thrown in, you get the picture? Anyway this means I have to come up with some smaller works. So I paint this local character, Des. He likes a joke, does Des, but he’s more than that. With this in mind I thrash at an old, knackered canvas board between 9 and 1, finding this in the morning, looking all colourful and that. Continue reading

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Airplanes: inflight entertainment. Summer holiday sketchbooks 5.

There’s a fair few of these drawings. A great way to while away the time in the air in between water and crackers. Don’t watch the Revenant on a plane next to a kid btw.   The size difference was … Continue reading

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The airport waiting game. Holiday Sketchbooks 4.

La Guardia. Ipads on the tables. Sharing a chair. A google based game. Indulgent Canadians helping my sons out.   Heads down. No boogie. We were talking about The Shining, hence the 70’s colouring of the airport. It was all … Continue reading

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A black cat on Shelter Island. Summer holiday sketchbooks 2.

This lovely black cat wasn’t allowed outside the house. For the reason that the wildlife is a bit more aggressive than in blighty. With animal works I can’t help thinking of Albrecht Dürer and his hare, the highpoint for of observational … Continue reading

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Life drawing 06.07.16. G next to the starless flag. Plus Skull.

This painting reflected the mood of the class on the outcome of the European vote. Hence the title. The simple stance and the wealth of surrounding detail added to the strong colours made for a decorative painting. This week’s theme was the relationship between … Continue reading

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Life Drawing 03.06.16. Robin the actor in pencils

Robin was as usual a joy to behold. As an actor he brings presence. The last work of the night. An hour. My own hand. 15 mins. Robin’s torso and very expressive hands. There was a lot of perspective going … Continue reading

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Sketching in the sun.

At a family BBQ with pencils and a sketchpad.

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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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