Thursday, 3 December 2015

WAG - Demo - Acrylics with Jill Ilett

Jill Ilett
Started with a few marks  in charcoal, for guidance.

 And progressed 

 Layering the colours, and blending. 

Made me reach for the acrylics! Thanks, Jill, very interesting.


You folks know that I never sketch, so this was the beginning of a new painting. It developed into a sketch because I worked out that I would have to -a) make a bigger painting, or b) lose a couple of people. 
I learned earlier this year that I don't do small heads, not easily anyway. Start again then! My grateful thanks to the ever patient members of the West Winch Art Group.
I had this idea for a painting to submit to the BP Portrait competition this year and got all excited, but then realised it has all been done before. .............
Syndics of the Drapers Guild   REMBRANDT 

The Last Supper  DA VINCI

I initially got the idea from a pic in a magazine. ..

We shall see how this develops!

Friday, 27 November 2015

More Drawing From Life at Castle Acre


Wonderful day at Castle Acre again, wonderful model, George, with purple  streaked hair down her back,  colourful tatoo, and lively personality, she kept some lovely poses, having done ballet til dskhe was nineteen, the burlesque. Wonderful!

WA - Drawing from life


LINDA again

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Demo at Heacham

Julie  16" × 20"   Oil
Today I did my first ever proper demontration of how I paint a portrait in oils. I had such butterflies this morning, but I need not  have worried at all. They were the friendliest group,  happy and enthusiastic, and made the morning fly by. I had the BEST time.
I had to stop at this point because the light had changed too much, but all seemed delighted with my effort, especially the sitter, Julie, (and very good she was too!) who got to keep the portrait. David Oakland, who formed and tutors the group, had the brilliant idea to draw a name out of a hat of all willing sitters. 

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Warwick 10" × 12" Oil

What is it? 20" × 16" Oil In Progress

I can't believe I actually got to the studio and painted something! It needs a little adjustment, but I am happy so far. All palette knife work, no initial drawing and mixing on the board.............that's the way I like to do it! 

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Tiddling Again

Just Face  20" × 16"   oil
Busker  12" × 16"  oil
Kimono  12" × 16"  oil

I have been sorting through old, unfinished paintings looking for work to exhibit in local shows. These three were nearly there, but with a tiddle up, I'm still not happy.  More tomorrow then.

Thursday, 10 September 2015

WA - Just Drawing

                                   Just doodling - no painting today.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

H M Queen Elizabeth 2

Congratulations on achachievement  longest reign of any monarch in the past 1000 years.
Awesome lady, awesome achievment!

Thursday, 3 September 2015


Christine    10" × 12"  Oil

Continuing my series of portraits of the members of the Wash Art Group. Thank you all, it is excellent practice. 

WA - Summer Holiday Memory

First meeting after the summer break , with chatting and catching up to do! I found this photo on FB (I  think, apologies to photographer) and just had to paint it. Not time to finish it, but will have to get back to it to do those gorgeous colours justice!

Monday, 31 August 2015

Hide 20" × 30" Charcoal

Found this old one in the corner of the studio! No idea why it doesn't have pride of place in my house! My boy Andrew , hiding from his brother no doubt, desperately missed.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Portrait Practice

Jan  10" × 12"  Oil

Christine  10" × 12"  Oil  a start

Thanks to all fellow members of the Wash Art Club who are obligingly happy to have me paint them.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Doodling with I

I shall very likely go back in here. It needs more dark in the foreground and texture,  maybe even colour!