Thursday, 28 November 2013

Rainbow black

Had a bit of fun with some black paper this week.  It provided an opportunity to use all the crazy pastels I never really know what to do with.  I guess I am back to being a bit nuclear but it seems to suit the light we have in these dark winter evenings.  Still considering how to suggest a background in a simple way - maybe I will go back and play with a few of these when life gets a bit saner.  The seriously exaggerated perspective worked so much better than the 'straight' version I did beforehand.

Pastel on paper A2 - 45 mins

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Say hello, wave goodbye...

The Don - delivered to his new home and settling in nicely.  (I think it will go on an actual wall at some point)   I really like to see paintings off, it leaves space for something new.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Dont forget your easel

Yup, I was properly thrown out on Sunday by not having remembered my easel.  I created a faux drawing 'donkey' by putting two chairs together, stradling one end and propping up my drawing board on the other but it wasnt very comfortable and the board kept slipping. We had a great model, supremely professional and rock like - he's a specialist diving instructor, discretely muscular and great to draw/paint. For the last two poses I broke into a nice box of unison soft pastels in portrait colours.  Wow, what a difference having some really beautiful subtle colours to work with makes, especially in daylight.  The paper wasnt very special but I liked how the torso pose turned out.  Maybe its time to take a look at Degas again and expand my palette.

Nice pose, unfortunate choice of crayons.

Dare I say, a bit Picasso like?

Exaggerated foreshortening

practice run with the unisons - too much ochre

this reminds me of a Vanderpoel torso I did once

Thursday, 14 November 2013

A little less nuclear and a bit more thinking

I'd like to take these life studies up a notch but am not sure which way to go.  I've been concentrating on contrasts lately, warms v cools, large blended areas v high chroma drawing lines and generally trying to add variety with the mark making.  But directly opposing that is the other goal of trying to keep it simple. I've never spent too much time on backgrounds given the time limitations but I find myself wanting a clean and simple solution to try ground the figure and make it a bit more of a composed piece.  So much about art is the thinking...

Thursday, 7 November 2013

The Don

The Don is his nickname.  Chris is an old friend who inspired me one night as a group of us sat outside his Spanish villa drinking wine and talking nonsense - as you do.   It was one of those rare moments where I could clearly see the finished painting, and when I came to do it, it just flowed out of the brushes.  He is not at all Don-like really, a kind, caring and generous man but he holds court amongst his friends, has a big personality and this painting is the man as far as I am concerned. Its not dry yet and tricky to photo but I am pleased with myself for not over noodling.

 Oil on canvas 24" x 30"

Monday, 4 November 2013

Alabel 3

Three moments.  Children faces are so animated, their expressions come quick and fast as their brains process and absorb.  Alabel (not her real name but a self appointed alternative persona) is as creative and and lively as they come so I didnt think one portrait was enough.  She also has a 'magic' eye so its not mispainted.  The background is Mussini metallic oil in renaissance gold for a timeless look and these are painted on wood panels. I had it in mind that they would be hung vertically and here they are on the drying wall.
 8" x 8" oil on wood

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Pretty in pink

Our regular model cancelled at the last minute but our stand-in was a complete joy.  Its funny how challenging clothes, shoes and accessories are when you dont expect them, another hour or two would have been good.
 Pastels on paper A2 approx 1 hour