Friday, 26 June 2009

Standing on the shoulders of giants - studies

Having not done any original artwork recently I thought I would post my most recent master study and some more from the past year or so. These are all done purely for educational purposes although I do give the occasional one away. I am plugging away at life drawing most weeks and doing a monthly workshop but need to seriously up my output.

Pastel study after Australian Janet Agnes Cumbrae Stewart 1883-1960

Pastel after Paul Sieffert 1874-1957 French

Oil study after Norwegian artist Odd Nerdrum born in 1944 -

Another Odd Nerdrum oil study

Kinda liked how the background came out on this one.

John Singer Sargent study (American 1856-1925) although more of a palette knife experiment.

Anders Zorn Swedish 1860 - 1920 master of the limited palette

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Shoes and a study

As I mentioned the Robert Henri book I am reading I thought I would post an educational study I did in March of one of his paintings along with the original - see if you can work out which is which, ha! I wasnt familiar with his work previously and am still not sure about some of his faces but it was a nice study to do and it seems he was a hugely influential teacher and important artist of his time. My study was done in faux life painting conditions to help me find a method of painting quickly with a real model and although that didnt quite work out, it was edited and revised quite a bit, I was quite pleased with the result. I had a spare frame from a failed charcoal portrait so I thought I would use it, I quite like to glaze oils when they are on canvas board and its the nearest I will ever get to having a masterpiece on my wall!

Oil on Canvas panel 16 x 12"

I think I have had enough of shoes for a while. These quick studies served their purpose as painting from life practice but I think if I revisit the subject I would like to do so in a more meaningful way with more planning and composition. Perhaps a winter setting. It was good to use acrylics again after only using oils for a while as I plan to give them a go in my next life painting figure workshop. My thinking is that the difficultly in blending acrylics might be a good discipline and help me paint more cleanly and decisively in a live situation - also its a real nuisance transporting wet oils around.
Acrylic on Canvas 10 x 12"

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Still Life - Its a girl thing!

I have just started reading The Art Spirit by Robert Henri - he says for an artist to be interesting to others he must have been interesting to himself. Well call me shallow but my shoes are interesting to me. When I was sorting through them a while ago I was thinking how lovely (and barely worn) some of them are. Although I dont really understand why shoes cause most women to verge on kleptomania there is no denying the Adoration Of The Shoe. So for me a good still life subject, both shallow and meaningful and with a few technical challenges too. There are more to come but sadly no red soled versions exist in my wardrobe.

White Shoes - Acrylic on Canvas 10 x 12"
Bronze shoes - Acrylic on Canvas 10 x 12"