Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Master Study - Cleopatra

Not excactly a household name but  a study of Cleopatra by Hungarian Gyula Benczur (1844 - 1920).  Its an interesting and unusual portayal and was fun to explore.  The first more serious study was done in the style and method of Prud'hon and the second was just a quick bit of fun with colour.

 12" x 16" black and white charcoal on Blue Murano paper
 12" x 12" conte on black paper

Sunday, 28 March 2010

A little human kindness goes a long way

This tribute drawing of Mum is by Prosenjit Roy a talented and very generous artist and super nice person. http://prosenjitroy.webs.com/
Thank you my friend.

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Friday, 5 March 2010

Anna Jane Collins

A very small selection of the paintings of Anna Jane Collins - an excellent draughtswoman who was equally comfortable with oils and watercolours. She prefered to work from life when possible and often sketched and scrutinised her subjects on site and painted back in the studio assisted by her photographs. She was interested in everything about the natural world and was extremely knowledgeable about many aspects of the planet and the cosmos. She had a fine scientific brain as well as an artistic sensibilities and loved her books - in fact she preferred them to people, apart from her loved ones of course. She said she wanted to come back as a seagull and soar above the worlds oceans (she was incredibly modest) so I hope her spirit is soaring wild and free and she is at peace now.

Thursday, 4 March 2010

Silverpoint Experiments

I finally got around to buying some silverpoint and have done a few experiments. If you want to see some fine examples of what can be done check out the British Museum website http://britishmuseum.org/ and see what the likes of Leonardo and Raphael produced. Its interesting to use although you have to be fairly patient building it up gradually to achieve the required depth of tone. Of course its non-eraseable so not for the faint hearted and some of my experiments went into the bin after rather too much time invested so the basic drawing has to be pretty good. I quickly learnt to do a faint outline and check that before committing too much time and detail. Having tried various different papers prepared with gouache my favourite so far is an acrylic canvas paper with some texture and I was least keen on watercolour paper.
The first is a study of a Paul Cadmus drawing - he really was an awesome draftsman and definately one of my absolute favourites. Its on a white surface but as is obvious I still havent cracked photographing white paper. The second is from that very famous National Geographic photograph of The Afghan Girl by Steve Curry and is done on a greeny blue tinted gouached paper and both are approximately 9" x 12". Now I just have to watch and see how the silver changes.