Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Recent Life

A few select pieces from recent life sessions.  This first one was started at my regular my monthly workshop and completed at home. I struggled a bit with this model, nothing wrong with her but having been studying muscular men for a while I was somewhat thrown.  She lay down in a classic recline pose but I was a bit lacking in inspiration - then it came to me, I saw a landscape!  It must have been the Wiltshire countryside I drove through on the journey.  So a bit of an off the cuff experiment but with further work at home its got something going for it I think and I may do some more playing around and see how far I can push the idea later on.  Prosenjit (mentioned in an earlier post) named it a Figurescape which is a great word.

Acrylic on canvas 20" x 30"


Another experiment, paper prepared with green acrylic and charcoal powder then a quick pose of 20 minutes completed with compressed charcoal and white gouache.  I've already prepared a canvas in a similar vein for a full painting, just need the right reference as this doenst quite have enough information.

Acrylic on paper 20" x 16"
A couple from my regular Monday life sessions
Charcoal on paper 20" x 30"
Finally, an acrylic study from life in preparation for an oil painting to be done over the next couple of weeks.  I'm not sure if I'll stick with this position or try a different angle, got a week to think about it.
Acrylic on paper 16" x 20"

Friday, 23 April 2010

More Master Studies

I've been busy doing some more master studies, these are both satisfying and disheartening.  Satisfying because of the voyage of discovery is so illuminating and a great way to learn but  disheartening if one compares too closely.  I really fell for David's Patroclus spending so long studying it so intently and although I am pleased with my effort and what I learned, it does rather pale by comparison.  Having said that it definately spurs me on to improve my painting, really the man was an absolute genius.  The original painting is in Cherbourg and it would be good to visit it one day.  If you know your Greek mythology or the Holywood film Troy, Patroclus is the older companion of Achilles who was killed by Hector (another amazing painting by David) and Achilles went on the avenge his death by murdering Hector.  Gripping stuff.  All credit to Richard, Mr Artistry for his educating guidance and inspiration.

Study of Benczur's Narcissus - I fancied doing this one as it reminds me of some of Caravaggio's famous foreshortening and dramatic lighting, and I also like the simple but effective compostions.  It took me a few goes getting that head right though, deceptively tricky.

Charcoal on paper 12" x 16"



Study of Bouguereau's Dante and Virgile - I've done no research on the story behind this, I just really liked the complicated and exaggerated pose and didnt realise Bouguereau did male figures like this as his many, many women and children are so popular.  Another challenging study, I treated it as one figure rather than untangle them, it kind of worked but I dont have the time to do a painted study unfortunately.
Graphite on paper 12" x 16"




Study of Jacques Louis Davids Patroclus - It looks a bit lacking in the darks here but that may be the photo, its still a bit wet and its hard to get a decent shot.  My first time using linen canvas and I really liked it so will always use it for this kind of fine painting now.

Oil on Linen canvas 16 x 20"

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

The Drying Wall

So here are the lads drying on the wall

 Whats this?  Abstract?  A feeble attempt at a Turneresque atmospheric piece...
 ...summer days.  Mmmmm, what am I doing with these?  Who knows? I dont - yet.

Sunday, 11 April 2010

Hot Stuff I & II

Trying something a bit different. I'm only seeing the male figure at the moment but I hope to develop this further and see where it takes me. These are both on deep dish, or 3D canvas and are quite big which I feel pretty comfortable with. I'll take a photo of them in situ because they look good on a wall and there is a bit of an optical illusion going on as the first one is bigger than the second. Great fun to do and interesting exploring the properties of oil and acrylic on one canvas, the background is acrylic and the figure oil. Whatcha think?


Oil and acrylic on canvas 30" x 20"
Oil and acrylic on canvas 24" x 18"

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

The last of Cleo and some squiggles

Nearly done with Cleopatra now but just thought I would show some pictures of her as a child.  Ha, its me winning first prize at my school fancy dress, aged about five I think.  I'd not seen these apart from on one inch square slides till last week when I had them digitised - very strange.


Just trying out another drawing method, chalk pencil held at the very end on black paper - its a good way of stopping the tightness but I think I am making Cleo uglier every time I do her!

Tried it out on a vintage reference photo - corny or what?  I like squiggling though.