Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Pastel girls

These are all from the Tuesday night sessions

Pan Pastels
1 hour-ish

A wonderful young model with extremely long legs which I is what I wanted to accentuate. 

Pan Pastel
A hour-ish

The ever lovely Claire who we have known for a while and is growing, although not literally, as a model. I wish I did more justice to her 5 minute warm up poses.

I was pleased with the long pose though, not sure if I had gone a bit overboard withthe red feet, but you gotta push it sometimes.
1 hour
Pan pastel

The fabulous Shareen, very inspirational.

Five minute warm ups and an hour
Pan Pastels

Monday, 26 May 2014

Pan on Black

These are all from the monthly Sunday workshop.  I missed last month so was looking forward to getting back.  Andrew is a great model, very professional and rock steady.

Five minute warm ups
I couldnt believe the model chose to stand for the long pose, what a trouper.  I was working speedily so opted to do two paintings (I always think painting with pastels, its never drawing).  I brought  more colours into my palette, the original drawing set being earths, because it doesnt take me long to be craving some harding hitting pigments.

These were about 45minutes and 30 minutes respectively.
Pan Pastel

I am trying out different black papers, its provided on the  Tuesday night sessions and I think is just a pretty basic sugar paper.  I've also tried Canson Ingres Vidalon Paper which is nice but with laid paper you do have have to pick the smooth side - I dont like lines down my work. I've also used Fabriano Tiziano which I like too, it grips the pastel well.  Its a balance buying paper cheap enough so its not too precious to burn through but decent if something comes out really well.

The pose above was about 45 mins and the one to the right aobut 30 mins.  I rarely touch them without the model in front of me but I can see some fixes on these.

 Tried to get that belly coming forward.

The corpse pose - our model finally got a rest.

1 hour

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Repair and maintenance

The first painting I have done since the portrait workshop was to rework some older pieces that have been bugging me. I suddenly knew what to do - how strange it is when that happens.  So here are the before and afters.

I chopped the bottom off to square it then repainted the foliage, lightening the yellow and re-emphasising the darker twisty branches.  Much better I think.
Oil on Aluminium
8 x 8"

I've been wrestling with this one for a long while, its a painting from a life sketch and it still may not be finished but its getting closer.  I knocked back the contrast on the elbow, added more flesh to the leg and re-aligned the spine as well as adding some more graphic elements to the contours around the shoulders.  I may not have finished with the background and I am a bit sick of it but it wont defeat me.

Oil on linen
20 x 28"

This one has been treated to a good sanding then a thin white layer scumbled over the foreground to knock back some of the orange and make it more snowy and atmospheric. Then I popped it into a black frame and I do believe its done.  Not bad from a phone snap I took whilst walking through the local nature reserve a couple of winters ago. 

Oil on Aluminium 
8 x 12"

I had to have another try with Davids face this 20 minute sketch  revealed to me that the eyes were too small in the painting.

Pan Pastels on paper