|Summer 2012 issue|
This is where my latest work can be seen including step-by-step progress reports, news and merchandising as well as features on artists, living and dead who I would like to draw people's attention to. Please note all my images are covered by International Copyright laws. Copyright to other artists images resides with the artist or their estate, their inclusion on this blog a result of my missionary zeal and to no profit for myself!
Saturday, 30 June 2012
Monday, 25 June 2012
Thursday, 21 June 2012
The model, Octavian, brought along his bike as a prop which in the time of 50 minutes to get a painting done proved to be a challenge as it is such a complicated shape. So complex that I did'nt have time to notice the disparity in scale between the two wheels! Having simple colour backgrounds is proving to be a good idea as it gives more time on the figure and a more interesting composition too.
Thursday, 14 June 2012
Well I'm learning. This time I am realising that I need to simplify areas and not to try and get in everything in front of me, particularly if I want to get the figure properly painted in. I also need to keep my shadow colours free of contamination by white etc, I will now keep a brush set by purely for shadows. I like areas of this painting like the mirror and wall behind but the figure is obviously rubbish - the model (Frankie) was holding sprigs of red and green flowers. I should have got the figure in first and then put in the flowers. Still at least I'm learning from every painting.
Monday, 11 June 2012
This was an event organised by a group of models who call themselves "Artists, Models, iNK". It took place at the Sussex County Arts Club in Brighton starting at 10.00pm and finishing at 1.00am and consisted of a group pose for three hours by the six models during which every half an hour one of them would do a series of short poses in case anybody wanted a quick drawing as well as for the model to have a bit of a break. There was a break for nibbles and a drink (absinthe being one on offer) kindly provided by the models at 12.00 before the final hour of painting/drawing. In addition to all this they had provided an interesting background as a setting for the pose of white and black satin - I decided to try and get all the models and the background painted in over the three hour period, somewhat ambitious as it turned out!
My underlying intention in all of these figure paintings that I am currently doing is that I want to produce a painting in as finished a state as I can manage in the time allowed of the figure and background together. In other words a painting with a figure in it as opposed to just a painting of a figure....do you see what I mean? Anyway as usual I spent a good part of the time getting in the setting of the contrasting black and white satin lit from the side by a blue light (I wish I had not painted in the lamp!) before proceeding with the figures. Needless to say I ran out of time with only the figure of Kate Shields being brought to any recognisable conclusion. I am learning from these sessions that I need to start thinking about paring down the elements that I am painting and just paint the ones that need to be there for the painting to work. Thank you Kate, Emma, Frankie, Johanna, Anna and Lucy!
|Five of the models|
Sunday, 10 June 2012
Rich Newman and I went to the private view of "People and Places" at the Medici Gallery in Cork Street, London which has nine of my landscape (and cityscape) paintings on show. A pleasant evening was had by all, I met an interesting lady from Sweden who is an art critic and collector and a lovely lady I have known for a long, long time. No sales to report yet regrettably, but the gallery tells me they make their sales over the run of the exhibition and do not rely on the private view night for sales. I hope that they are right as I really need to sell, this has been an extremely poor 12 months for sales and one cannot go on forever throwing ones' efforts into the The Black Hole of Indifference that seems to be the state of the market at the moment.
Saturday, 9 June 2012
|Coventry Cathedral Glass|
Friday, 8 June 2012
The model brought along a large floppy animal mask (not sure what of) as a prop, she is also holding lipstick to the mask's face. This was the first session, the second was'nt very good at all! I am happy with the colours and composition and bits of the figure - a step forwards I think.
Tuesday, 5 June 2012
The model, Frankie, brought her knitting along as a prop but as ever, I did'nt have time to get everything in. To be honest I am more interested in getting a painting finished that has some sort of worthwhile quality than I am in getting the figure right although I am hoping in time that the figures get better as well! To that end I am continuing going to the Tuesday evening life drawing sessions at the Sussex County Arts Club. These are not great but are being posted in the spirit of the original intention that they (hopefully!) show progress as time goes on.......
|Cuckmere Meanders to Seaford Head|
|Approaching Rain, Devil's Dyke|
|Give Me Shelter|
|The Lost Garden|
|Under The El|
|Florence From Giardino Bardini|
|Full Moon, High and Over|
|Out Of The Blue|