Friday, 30 March 2012

An extraordinary man

I recently read an article in The Times newspaper on one of the last interviews given by Lucian Freud and was particularly taken with the accompanying photos by his assistant David Dawson.  So as a long standing devotee of the artist, and a new fan of the photography of Mr Dawson I thought I would paint a portrait of the master. (Purely for study)  The appeal of the particular photo was the strangely awkward pose, casual but not entirely natural or comfortable looking and Lucian looking almost camouflaged within his surroundings. I started the sketch and the block in entirely upside down which I found really helpful in placing everything then turned it the right way up for the details.  This has taken quite a long time on and off and its still not finished as despite several attempts I am still not satisfied with the face. Even the photo doesnt seem to be a typical likeness so I am struggling with the painting so am stepping back for a while to do further studies and sketches and think about it a while.  Its a shame he never got around to sitting for me in person, it would have been so much easier.  

Full credit to photographer David Dawson.

Oil on board 23" x 16"

Sunday, 18 March 2012

A touch of the Simpsons

Firstly the warm ups from last week, 5 minute poses then another 5 minutes at home to tidy up some.  I liked the poses Amy did, she really pushes herself on the short ones and challenges us.  I particularly liked the last gesture and it would make a good basis for a painting perhaps.

The painting is unfinished, I didnt resolve everything I wanted but there are things that worked.

This is from the week before and is Ashley posing as a Simpson character! Seriously the one paint you cant manage without is white and I'll never take it out of my kit again, naples yellow is no substitute.  I had meant to work on it some more later and restore her to a humanoid but I think I'll leave it as a permanent reminder to always be properly organised...