Friday, 21 May 2010

A pastel and a two week painting from life

The best of the bunch from my regular monthly all day workshop -  Rosemarie, a superb model although I do sometimes struggle with the slender ladies. 

 Pastel on Rives BFK - A2 approx

This is the WIP over two weeks from life - about 4.5 hours in total.  I finished off her face and tweaked the drapery a bit afterwards but its largely as it was.  This is from a new weekly group I've joined, the studio and lighting are really good, its got a great atmosphere and the models are top notch.  You come to appreciate a really good model that can keep still when some of them can be like moving targets - may as well sketch in the pub in that case! 
Oil on Linen 16" x 20"

No more naked people for a while, off to France to do flowers or vines or whatever takes my fancy.

Friday, 14 May 2010

Spring and Summer

I finally found inspiration for the canvasses I prepared a while back - whatcha think?

Oil and Acrylic on Canvas 24" x 18"

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Charcoal on Rives BFK

I've been looking for the ultimate paper for charcoal for a while, Michaelangelo was rumoured to be able to produce a masterpiece with a broom and a bucket of mud but I need a bit more help and quality materials definately make a difference.  So this is charcoal on Rives BFK, its been mentioned in the last little while in two of the blogs I follow, Michael Newberry - An Artist's Voice and Mike Manley's Draw so I took note.  They are both top notch artists and if you havent visited their blogs I recommend them, Mr Newberry is a big influence on me and his tutorials very good and Mike Manleys output and range is awesome.  Anyway, I ordered some of the paper and wasnt disappointed, it really can take quite a lot of abuse although being quite pricey I shall use it wisely.  I was introduced to the reference photo for this through Wet Canvas but it originates from  - some amazing images on his site.

Charcoal on Rives BFK a bit smaller than A3