Finished faffing and faking Franz Marc’s “The Yellow Cow”. It’s very richly coloured with lots of layers of glazes built up on top of each other, lots of blending too. Took a while but I really enjoyed it. I started it with Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook last week. Here areContinue reading “FINISHED!!!!!!”

Carrying On With The Yellow Cow

I’ve been carrying on faking the Franz Marc painting of a yellow cow I started last week. The composition is fairly simple and although the colours look simple as well, they’re actually quite complex with lots of overlays and blending. That’s what’s taking the time. I’m hoping to finish it tomorrow. I started this withContinue reading “Carrying On With The Yellow Cow”

Kandinsky On Speed

Here’s a high speed film of me painting one of Wassily Kandinsky’s views of Murnau (detail above). I wish I could work that fast! He did quite a few paintings of this town when he lived there with the (often overlooked) Expressionist painter Gabriele Munter. I painted this a few weeks ago with Ed Sumner’sContinue reading “Kandinsky On Speed”

Faking A Yellow Cow

Friday’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook was postponed until today, so lunchtime I started faking a painting by the 20th Century German Expressionist Franz Marc, The Yellow Cow. I still have a couple of hours work to do to finish it, I reckon. This is from my all-time favourite period of art history,Continue reading “Faking A Yellow Cow”

Resisting …..

      I’ve been carrying on with my attempt to get more randomness in my work, to be more expressionistic and less controlling. I spent a bit of time over the weekend priming (gesso) and undercoating (white acrylic) some pieces of MDF. Today I brushed one of the pieces with a loose mixture ofContinue reading “Resisting …..”

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”