The girls didn't like this 'miserable' one
Thursday, 16 October 2014
Tuesday, 14 October 2014
Last Wed at the WA we were treated to a demo of pastel painting by Mo Drake. She has inspired me to get out my pastels again and practice in ready-ness for the WA meeting tomorrow when the brief is to make use of tips and techniques shown to us by Mo.
One thing she showed was to paint white pastel first on passages of sky or water, to help get a look of transparency and for ease of blending. I wondered if this would work for skin, so I tried today, with my best white CHALK! Have to go buy some white soft pastel....pronto!
Monday, 13 October 2014
Tuesday, 7 October 2014
Had the BEST day!
With Lucien Freud, David Hockney, Giacometti, Alison Watt, Stanley Spencer, Francis Bacon, Matisse, Modigliano............to name but a few..............how could I not?
There was also an Art Nouveau exhibition which I have to save for another day because I was pooped!
Thursday, 2 October 2014
Tuesday, 23 September 2014
Thursday, 18 September 2014
Young Jasper came to sit for us today and he was brilliant. A delightful young man, who not only did not move a muscle, but was also very impressed by our efforts.
This painting was also done by my technique of using very thin paint, different colours straight from the tube and using no medium to thin it. Much easier to control and to get 'portrait' colours. Loved it!
This is what I had hoped to demonstrate and teach yesterday!
Wednesday, 17 September 2014
The girls kindly allowed me to show them how I start off a portrait, in oils. None of them paint portraits and most of them are unfamiliar with oils, so....brave girls.
I started by going through the basic proportions, eyes halfway between top and chin, nose halfway between eyes and chin, etc. I asked them to make an underpainting in one colour, paying attention to form, light and dark, shapes. I didn't do much of a demo, preferring to talk to folks about their own work and worries. I applaud every one for having a good go, and getting very close to a likeness. You would be able to match each girl with her portrait, which is a fantastic achievement for a first attempt.
I had a good time, despite not usually liking to be in the spotlight, and finding it difficult to articulate my methods, but I am thrilled with the results. The girls enjoyed it too, and we even talked about 'next time'!
Sunday, 14 September 2014
Friday, 12 September 2014
Thursday, 11 September 2014
Enjoyed chucking some paint about today, and was not ready to stop when the dinner gong sounded! A lot of adjustment to do.
This resulted from a meet up with Martin Kinnear, a very interesting chat about all things arty and a portrait commission, more of which another time.
Thursday, 4 September 2014
Tuesday, 2 September 2014
Wednesday, 27 August 2014
I didn't get much time in the studio today, and most of that was spent getting ready for the art group tomorrow. I was thinking about winning the Syd Davison award a couple of weeks ago and it got me remembering other prizes I have won and the paintings.
That Letter! 24" x 24" Acrylic 2003
Best in show at the Art on the Waites in St Ives, Cambs for which I won a veery useful box of Faber Castell pencil assortment.
Me Three 16" x 16" Acrylic 2009
I was one of five winners of the One Show Summer Exhibition, where the prize was an appearence on television,
Receiving 10" x 12" Oil 2012
Snettisham 12" x 9" Oil 2010
Adolescent 24" x 36" Oil about 1996
A small pastel version of this won Sponsors Choice
I have, on several occasions, won 'Visitors Choice' or 'Members Choice' in local exhibitions, for which the prize is usually £50 or art material vouchers.
The accolades have been few and far between, but I am proud of them.
Tuesday, 26 August 2014
Evie 24" x 36" Oil In Progress
Two afternoons' work, first the drawing and then an underpainting. I am hoping for a realistic rendering but not OTT photorealism. This is a big one for me so it might take awhile!
Saturday, 23 August 2014
A brilliant day! Starting off with quick sketches using charcoal. I like the first one best, because I caught her stance in a few strokes. We didn't get a long two hour pose after lunch, which was disappointing, but a jolly good day was had by all I think!
This is my favourite from the day, which I shall very likely paint a larger version.