Tag Archives: portrait

Complementary

29 Apr

Pat Orange 2

I carried on painting today. I’m just doing a bit at a time because I tend to get very stressed over painting, which doesn’t happen when I draw or make original prints. So I’m just dashing over to it, slapping some acrylic paint on it, then dashing away to do something else. Today I put a wash of orange over the yellow towards the bottom of the canvas roll. It’s a complementary colour to the blue and I like using complementary colours – they create such intensity. I also started to block in some darker areas on the overalls, overlaying the cerulean with a red-biased pthalo blue. I’m using Liquitex Heavy Body acrylics, mostly transparent or translucent as I like layering glazes over each other. This is a portrait of the artist Patti McJones that I started 5 years ago, it’s a big piece, almost life size.

A Bit Less Slack

26 Apr

Pat 2

That’s two days running now that I’ve picked up paintbrushes and got to work on some canvas. I did some more work on the head of my subject and the flowers in the background. I am using Liquitex Heavy Body translucent / transparent acrylics, thinned with water to build up overlaid glazes. It’s been a bit more interesting today, I let myself go a bit and enjoyed making patterns in the paint and I feel a bit less slack. Not a patch on woodcutting though ;D

Very Slack

25 Apr

 

Pat 1

I generally don’t paint because it takes for ever. When is a painting ever finished? Printmaking is very much a process, it tends to be time limited so you complete an edition of prints and that’s it. That’s what I like about it. But whenever I start a painting, it just goes on and on. I started this one, a portrait of fellow artist Patti McJones about 5 years ago and finally got it out of the cupboard today to continue working on it. Maybe I’ll finish it over the next few days. I’m using Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paint onto an unstretched canvas roll. I started by drawing in compressed charcoal and then blocked in the main areas of colour. Then I left it. For half a decade. I guess I’ve been very slack!

Just Back

16 Nov

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Just back from life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop where I drew onto my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet with a free Markers app. I did a head study to start with, filling in the background with black and working on top of it with lighter colours.

And now to bed ……

A Different Way

8 Jul

I’ve started to use my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Tablet again for drawing,  with a free Markers app, and I’m approaching it in a different way,  being much more experimental than before. I haven’t drawn with it for a couple of years and I am being freer with it. I built up this portrait head in many layers, using mostly my fingers with some fine stylus work around the facial features. I think I am taking more risks with it because there’s no expense involved,  if it doesn’t work out I can delete it and start again. 

Face And Foxgloves

19 Jun

Social training 1

I went on a training day in recording social history and of course, I found a few minutes for scribbling. Things like courses and lectures are great because people are so absorbed that they tend to keep fairly still, which is a boon when you’re having a scribble.

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I also went for a walk to the beautiful Penllegare Woods and took this photo of foxgloves under the trees. Lovely.

Slow Selfie

3 Mar

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Here I am looming in the background of the life drawing I did last night at Swansea Print Workshop. It’s a slow selfie. I always look so cross when I’m drawing. Ho hum.

 

I am putting my series of drawings of ancient Welsh monuments on Artfinder.  If you want to see more, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

St Elvis

A Grand Night Out

2 Mar

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So there we were, Husb and I splashing through the torrential rain on the dark, sodden streets of Pontypridd, early evening, searching for somewhere to get some hot food fairly quickly because we were on our way to somewhere else. The only half decent place we could find was a chippy, so we sat in the warm, dry, plastic interior under fluorescent lights and scoffed our way through freshly made chips – mine with steak and kidney pie and chipshop gravy; Husb with chipshop chicken curry. Lush! Proper comfort food.

Then onto Pontypridd Heritage and Cultural Centre, which was down a lot of dark steps right by the swollen river in the dark, for a talk by prehistorian Dewi Bowen to the Pontypridd Historical Society on the Bronze Age Archaeology of the Glamorgan Uplands. Fascinating stuff. There’s Dewi above, in the dark with his illustrations on the projector. I had to have a scribble of course. All in all a grand night out……

 

I’ve been travelling across South Wales with Dewi and filmmaker Melvyn Williams regularly for the past year. Dewi is researching his new book, ‘Hunting The Wild Megalith’, based on the premise that the ancient Welsh legend, The Boar Hunt / Y Twrch Trwyth, from The Mabinogion, can be tracked across the sites of Neolithic monuments throughout the South Wales landscape and Melvyn is making a film of our journey. Here’s a short one he did late last year…..

 

I am putting my series of drawings of ancient Welsh monuments on Artfinder.  If you want to see more, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

St Elvis

The Cockle Picker’s Warning

22 Feb

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I was supposed to be going off traipsing across South Wales today, drawing ancient standing stones with Dewi the prehistorian and Melvyn the filmmaker. I woke up to rain, not unusual in these parts and then Dewi rang to say he’d been talking to a cockle picker in Loughor who said the cockle pickers weren’t going out today because the weather was going to be too bad. If anyone should know, it’ll be a cockle picker. So we heeded the warning and I didn’t get to do any drawings for my blog today.

I’ve been blogging for about 6 years now and generally blog a new piece of art each day, even if it’s just a quick scribble in my sketchbook. But I have a huge amount of artwork that I did before my life of blogging so I’ll post one of these, a very quick nude drawn speedily with a block of chalky pastel into an A3 sketchbook.

 

I’m travelling across South Wales with prehistorian Dewi Bowen and filmmaker Melvyn Williams. Dewi is researching his new book, ‘Hunting The Wild Megalith’, based on the premise that the ancient Welsh legend, The Boar Hunt / Y Twrch Trwyth, from The Mabinogion, can be tracked across the sites of Neolithic monuments throughout the South Wales landscape and Melvyn is making a film of our journey. Here’s a short one he did late last year…..

I am putting my series of drawings of ancient Welsh monuments on Artfinder.  If you want to see more, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

St Elvis

Hands 1

20 Feb

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I focused on the model’s hands at the life drawing session at Swansea Print Workshop a few evenings ago. I blocked in the white first, then sanguine and finally black with conté crayons. It didn’t go too well so I tried again…….. but that’s for tomorrow …….

 

 

 

 

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