Monday, 28 December 2015

Four Seasons

More reworked life paintings.  Some of my earliest experiments with design and composition have been to try and incorporate the figure into the background and the background into the figure as I did here -its probably a really good idea to revisit old ideas and thoughts.  So these are all paintings from life sessions in 2015 and reworked in the studio and may or may not be finished yet.  I didnt touch the figure in any of them, just reworked the backround and painted over in places.  When I looked at them together decided that they represented winter, spring, summer and autumn quite well.   A bit of an idea for future reference perhaps.
All 16 x 12"
Oil on panel

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Landscape and the Figure

One of my ongoing challenges is to develop some of my life drawings into something more complete without losing the freshness and spontaneity.  There are a few artists I admire that do this successfully but finding my own path is another matter.  I had a lightbulb moment recently and with one of my sketches done on drafting film, looked at alongside a recently aquired landscape painting, and came up with this.  The landscape is by the artist Paul Hird

Oil and Ink
Drafting film
16 x 24" approx

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Last session of the year

Some very edited highlights from the last session of the year.  She was a fabulous model who I hope to attempt to do justice to again next year.

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Schizophrenic with the media

I'm still enjoying experimenting with the inks but looking at the last few weeks output its seems I've pulled everything out of my bag apart from oil paints.   So with pastels, conte's, inks, watercolours, pens, pencils and charcoal I've used water brushes, chinese brushes, bamboo pens, ink pens and fingers on large pastel paper, small sketch books, drafting film, watercolour and sugar paper.