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Portrait of R looking up.

R looking up. Oil on gesso on wood. 13″ square.This is the hardest painting to photograph. It really does look different in real life. The work has more depth and presence. It will be interesting to see whether it gets … Continue reading

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Portrait of R looking up. How the painting was made.

After each session I took a picture. This takes us up to the nearly finished work. The painting is rather hard to capture in a camera, which pleases me. The light changes the work a lot. The next post will … Continue reading

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Six studies of R

The first session with the young man. A few hours of painting, drawing, chatting and listening to Leonard Cohen. The second session. Great fun. Next post is the workings of the final painting.

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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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