Ban The Bedroom Tax!

This is a monotype I made from an original drawing I did in my sketchbook at a demonstration against the “Bedroom Tax”, or Spare Room Subsidy, introduced by the government in 2012. It resulted in hardship for many people. It’s one of the artworks I’m exhibiting at Swansea’s Cinema & Co in a joint showContinue reading “Ban The Bedroom Tax!”

One From The Archives 23: The Mirror

Reflection, musing on masculinity.  Having a large mirror in the life drawing room can add a lot to any drawings. From a purely technical point of view it means you can draw a figure from the front and back at the same time without it looking like two separate drawings. I also like to experimentContinue reading “One From The Archives 23: The Mirror”

One From The Archives 22: The Gaze

This model gazes at the viewer, completely at ease and totally confident in her own skin. Most life models are by nature, confident about their bodies and have no problem with being looked at. It is their job after all. Usually though, they tend to look away from the artists. On a purely practical level his isContinue reading “One From The Archives 22: The Gaze”

One From The Archives 21: Nude Reflected

I love this printmaking technique. It has all the flexibility of painting with a healthy dose of unpredictability thrown in. . A full-colour monotype can be as simple or as complex as you like. This one started out as a very simple life drawing and just developed into something wild and wonderful.  This is aContinue reading “One From The Archives 21: Nude Reflected”

One From The Archives 20: Spiky Purple Hair

The first time I blogged this image was a turning point for me, as can be seen here. This painting featured in the last ever exhibition I curated at The Brunswick in Swansea. It is based on a drawing of one of our more colour coordinated life models. He had a habit of matching hisContinue reading “One From The Archives 20: Spiky Purple Hair”

One From The Archives 19: Eve Sleeps

I love the versatility of this method. It has a fantastic range of darks and lights, as well as a dazzling palette.  A full-colour monotype is also a unique artwork because of the way the ink is applied to the paper. In this print I have used the warm, vibrant reds and yellows of theContinue reading “One From The Archives 19: Eve Sleeps”

Art Of The Day

I am rather pleased to announce that one of my paintings has been chosen to feature as today’s “Art Of The Day” on the on-line gallery Artfinder. The Art Of The Day feature can be found here. Fan Girl, which I blogged about last week here, is a painting inspired by my teenage years. It isContinue reading “Art Of The Day”

One From The Archives 18: Rinascere #10

I often use the idea of an individual enveloped by darkness. I find it both isolates the model and allows me to focus on small, significant details or design elements. It concentrates attention on the central figure as well as exposing the nature of the materials used. Here, the dark washes show up the textureContinue reading “One From The Archives 18: Rinascere #10”

One From The Archives 17: Leg Up

This model is very physically active and as a result, very confident about her body and the poses she strikes. Here she is leaning back with her leg up in a devil-may-care sort of way. It always surprising just how much the physical presence of a model can reflect their underlying personality. My life drawing isContinue reading “One From The Archives 17: Leg Up”

One From The Archives 16: Dystopia

This is an etching of one of the male models I work with. It was developed from the nude study below, which I drew with Renaissance materials, inspired by artwork I did for a television series about da Vinci. Each printmaking technique has its own advantages. This one allows me to indulge myself, using allContinue reading “One From The Archives 16: Dystopia”