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Self Portrait update.

How quickly things can build. Since last week I have had two sessions at different times of the day. The best light is at 5pm but I’m almost always cooking for the family then. Due to a haircut (I was … 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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Birthday card art. Daughter, Father, Son.

Paintings and a drawing, made for birthday cards. Continue reading

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Life drawing 2: Sitting around the Stars.

Painting influenced by Pil’s ‘Metal Box’. Life drawing with some edge. 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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Portrait commission 3: the process.

These are photographs taken at the end of each painting session.The next post will have the finished version.

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Portrait commission 1: first sketches and a Picasso-like painting.

Over the next week there will be a post a day about my latest work, a painting of a girl named Rose.

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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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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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A portrait of a friend.

SC in Sicily. Jan 2019. Acrylic and Oil Pastel. This commission was an interesting exercise in trying to capture the personality of someone I know well. The image was one taken in intense sunlight with most of the face in … Continue reading

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Viv around eleven in the morning, 2018.

Here’s my latest commission. Viv around eleven in the morning, 2018. Oil on canvas. Summer – Autumn 2018. Viv has a vibrant and intelligent presence. Capturing her look and the brilliant summer sunlight of those morning portrait sessions became the … 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.Canvas boards & black paper.

Back to the Mary Ward Centre on a Friday night with the great tutor John Close. The model was the fantastic Dominic, a very enthusiastic young man with some very good poses. All work was made with one large brush, … Continue reading

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Claire portrait art book.

Here are some spreads of the book showing how the painting came into being.

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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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Life Drawing 02.02.2018. Reclining vertically.

 

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Holiday Art 3. People.

My eldest son. A study in blues. Acrylic & pencils. The dry look of the texture and colour scheme was influenced by frescos. The pose and look are all his own. Started form life, then finished of from quick images … Continue reading

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Hemingway 5. Different views.

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Hemingway 4. The book of the painting.

Being a designer as well as a painter I make books on my major paintings. This collates all the different strands that go into the work. I do like a show & tell. Here’s some of the spreads.   Buy … Continue reading

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Hemingway 3. The finished work.

Ernest Hemingway, Pilar The Gulf Stream Sun over the yard arm 1947So here it is. A long time. A lot of thought. A fair few marks. Some notes on the work. The work is made from oil paint with a … Continue reading

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