Sunday, 19 December 2010

Back to the Boys

 Despite thinking it was finished I did a bit more with the background on this one - is it done now? Maybe. 

This one was done from life a while ago and then finished off  more recently. I try not to play around with the figure too much without the model but I do need more thinking time for the background and the general feel of a piece than you get in a live session.  I photograph it before I start to fiddle though so I can see if I have improved it or not and in this case I am satisfied that I did.   With  monochrome work sometimes its useful to print out a photo on A4 and  try out a few edits that way, I am talking about big tonal experiments rather than fine tuning.  The texture of the background was as a direct response to the paper though, and maybe some Prud'honesque influence. He is still one of my favourite draftsman ever, and then there's Paul Cadmus..... so much influence, so little time..... I need to get my own drawing miles back up again thats for sure.

65cm x 50cm charcoal on watercolour paper

Friday, 3 December 2010

Den the Great

This model was quite an inspiration, somehow I think most artists like to paint the fuller figure, the roly poly flesh really gives us something to work with and Denise was a great model. Unfortunately the weather, most particularly the lighting was not so well behaved - this was done over three weeks but with shortened sessions due to fading light and quite honestly could have been a complete repaint each week with spells of sunshine, black skies and oncoming snow affecting the setting.  Anyway, despite that I really enjoyed this one, slapped the paint on with gusto and had some fun - sometimes things can get just a bit too intense and we have to remember to enjoy ourselves whilst wielding the brush.  I also had a squeeze of every paint I own on the pallette which was liberating.  No thinking, no analysing, no science, just responding and getting on with it for a change.  I think it still hangs together OK although maybe I was a bit heavy with the ochre and purple in some of the skin shadows, I found myself painting rather bruised looking flesh.  Still, tis not my job to flatter!  

Thats the end of the life sessions till next year but I have some charcoals  and a Parisien cafe scene painting to finish off and some acrylic inks waiting to be played with.  Just need to find some time, probably need to do a spot of christmas shopping too - gulp! 

18 "x 24" oil on canvas