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Simple And Symmetrical

19 Nov

Here’s one of the 30 minute poses I drew at life drawing last night. I really love this one, it’s all simple shapes and very symmetrical. I drew with conte crayons in black and sanguine onto some heavy paper that I had used for a monotype, but I didn’t like the way it turned out. So waste not, want not. I really like the effect.

Tonight’s the Big Night! It’s finally Children In Need night. My lovely nephew (in the middle) along with these other wonderful young people have benefitted from the Children In Need charity and now they’re giving something back. They’re the Surprise Squad (more about them here) and maybe you’ve been following their adventures on BBC1s “The One Show“ over the past couple of weeks. I know that times are hard, but if you can spare a quid or two, please consider donating to Children In Need (here). They really do make a difference to young lives. Thank you xxx

Just Back From Life Drawing

18 Nov

Just back from life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop this evening, here are the first two quick poses, to get warmed up. Off to bed now. Goodnight. Hwyl Fawr 🙂

My lovely nephew (in the middle) along with these other wonderful young people have benefitted from the Children In Need charity and now they’re giving something back. They’re the Surprise Squad (more about them here) and you can follow their adventures on BBC1s “The One Show“, every evening until 18th November. I know that times are hard, but if you can spare a quid or two, please consider donating to Children In Need (here). They really do make a difference to young lives. Thank you xxx

Faking The Blue Robe

17 Nov

I did a session with Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club last week, the first in a while. We’re faking The Blue Robe by Henri Matisse and I’m really enjoying it. I’ve always loved his work, I love the free way he puts the paint onto the canvas. It’s good for me because I’m a pretty uptight artist, I get bogged down in process and detail and it’s good to let go. I’ve got maybe another hour to spend on it.

My lovely nephew (in the middle) along with these other wonderful young people have benefitted from the Children In Need charity and now they’re giving something back. They’re the Surprise Squad (more about them here) and you can follow their adventures on BBC1s “The One Show“, every evening until 18th November. I know that times are hard, but if you can spare a quid or two, please consider donating to Children In Need (here). They really do make a difference to young lives. Thank you xxx

Difficult Hands!

16 Nov

Here’s the last drawing from last week’s life drawing session at Swansea Print Workshop. I decided to focus in close on details and I used a ballpoint pen and work fairly small, size A3 paper. The hands were really difficult!

My lovely nephew (in the middle) along with these other wonderful young people have benefitted from the Children In Need charity and now they’re giving something back. They’re the Surprise Squad (more about them here) and you can follow their adventures on BBC1s “The One Show“, every evening until 18th November. I know that times are hard, but if you can spare a quid or two, please consider donating to Children In Need (here). They really do make a difference to young lives. Thank you xxx

Abstract Layers Of Colour

14 Nov

Here’s a short film of a Paul Cezanne painting, Mont Sainte-Victoire, that I copied back last year, when we were still in the throes of the first pandemic lockdown, with Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook. It’s shows extreme closeups of the surface of the painting, showing the many layers of Liquitex acrylic paint that I used to recreate Cezanne’s many subtle colour changes.

My lovely nephew (in the middle) along with these other wonderful young people have benefitted from the Children In Need charity and now they’re giving something back. They’re the Surprise Squad (more about them here) and you can follow their adventures on BBC1s “The One Show“, every evening until 18th November. I know that times are hard, but if you can spare a quid or two, please consider donating to Children In Need (here). They really do make a difference to young lives. Thank you xxx

Making It Fit. Or Not!

12 Nov

Here’s a longer pose from last night’s life drawing session – 30 minutes. It’s good to do the quick warm-ups first and then go into something more leisurely. Our model, an elder, is very experienced and creates interesting poses. This one was lovely to draw but there was no way I could fit him all onto the paper!

My lovely nephew (in the middle) along with these other wonderful young people have benefitted from the Children In Need charity and now they’re giving something back. They’re the Surprise Squad (more about them here) and you can follow their adventures on BBC1s “The One Show“, every evening until 18th November. I know that times are hard, but if you can spare a quid or two, please consider donating to Children In Need (here). They really do make a difference to young lives. Thank you xxx

Taking Liberties

31 Oct

Here’s the longer pose (one hour) from this week’s life drawing session at Swansea Print Workshop. The previous drawings in the session had been quite academic, in conte crayon, and I really wanted to let go a bit so I grabbed a much bigger sheet of paper and some Daler Rowney oil pastels and focused on the shapes in the composition rather than the fine details. I took a few liberties with the colours, mind. I used my finger tips a lot, to apply streaks of colour – you can see my fingerprints on some bits.

My lovely nephew (in the middle) along with these other wonderful young people have benefited from the Children In Need charity in recent years and now they’re giving something back. They’re the Surprise Squad (more about them here) and you can follow their adventures on BBC1s “The One Show“, 15th – 18th November. I know that times are hard, but if you can spare a quid or two, please consider donating to Children In Need (here). They really do make a difference to young lives. Thank you xxx

Draw What You See …..

30 Oct

Here’s a longer pose from this week’s life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop, 30 minutes, using conte crayons in sanguine and black onto cartridge paper. There’s some pretty extreme foreshortening with this and her left foot was at an odd angle so the shape of it is really weird, but I kept checking and it’s right. When you’re drawing from life to have to draw what you see not what you think you see and sometimes what you see can be very strange.

My lovely nephew (in the middle) along with these other wonderful young people have benefited from the Children In Need charity in recent years and now they’re giving something back. They’re the Surprise Squad (more about them here) and you can follow their adventures on BBC1s “The One Show“, 15th – 18th November. I know that times are hard, but if you can spare a quid or two, please consider donating to Children In Need (here). They really do make a difference to young lives. Thank you xxx

Tonight At Life Drawing

28 Oct

Just back from life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop. Here’s a 10 minute pose. I blocked in the figures with the flat side of a conte crayon before I added the linework. Tired now, off to bed. Nos Da, Good Night.

My lovely nephew (in the middle) along with these other wonderful young people have benefitted from the Children In Need charity in recent years and now they’re giving something back. They’re the Surprise Squad (more about them here) and you can follow their adventures on BBC1s “The One Show“, 15th – 18th November. I know that times are hard, but if you can spare a quid or two, please consider donating to Children In Need (here). They really do make a difference to young lives. Thank you xxx

Painting A Hockney In Under A Minute

27 Oct

Here’s a timelapse film of me painting a copy of Yorkshire Wolds by David Hockney in under a minute. It took me a lot longer in real life! It’s one of my pandemic lockdown paintings that I’ve been doing through the past 16 months or so with the Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook. I think this one definitely influenced me in the recent painting I did of a Lake District landscape from an original drawing.

 

My lovely nephew (in the middle) along with these other wonderful young people have benefitted from the Children In Need charity in recent years and now they’re giving something back. They’re the Surprise Squad (more about them here) and you can follow their adventures on BBC1s “The One Show“, 15th – 18th November. I know that times are hard, but if you can spare a quid or two, please consider donating to Children In Need (here). They really do make a difference to young lives. Thank you xxx

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