Thursday, 26 May 2016

Fire monkeys

I've joined a fledgling artists cooperative - Fire Monkey Arts - who are going to take one of the new studio spaces at the hotwalls in Old Portsmouth. It's an exciting venture and everyone is very keen to make it work,
Yesterday was a site visit and it all looks very promising.

The site should open at the end of June.

Charcoal nude study

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Drawing to music

After a few drawings to a wide range of music, I put on The Hissing of Summer Lawns and this is the result - which I think shows that you get the best results to the best music! 

pastels on paper

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Back in life class

Test print

I've been looking at it for a few days but today I finally bit the bullet and set up to print.
Not the ideal circumstances but I needed to know how everything could function in the temporary space I've got to work in.
The piece of lino I'm working on, an Amsterdam canal scene, is too big really but it's just about do-able at home. I've learnt that the press needs to be more securely held in place and that the image itself needs a bit more work but overall I'm fairly pleased with how it's gone.

Friday, 8 April 2016

Constable detail

This little fellow is peacefully harvesting hay - you can see his scythe and his rustic clothing very clearly. Which is all the more remarkable when you realise that he is a tiny background figure, less than 1cm high, in Constable's Hay Wain.

You don't even notice him, or his three companions, when looking at the whole work unless you're looking very closely. They're just below the tree-line in the field on the right.


This was one of many joys of my visit to the National Gallery yesterday, which I left wondering why I haven't been for so many years. 

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Linocut and a roller press

I've had a linocut of Amsterdam on the go for a while but it's finished now.

Just need to print it and see what it looks like, to which end I've just bought a new roller press:

So, all being well, I'll have some prints to show in a few days!

But first this week, a quick gallery tour in London including Botticelli at the Courtauld which I'm particularly looking forward to.

Friday, 25 March 2016

Friday, 18 March 2016

Man in a hat

The second is the better likeness.
I'm wasting a lot of paint mixing up flesh tones that dry before I've finished with them. I'm going to try an extender medium before possibly starting an adventure in oils.

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Pen and wash night

I ordered some new drawing pens and they dropped through my door moments before I was due to leave for Chris's Groundcourse session.

Just in time, for the session was all about pen and wash and here are the results.

It's something that does not lend itself to rapidity so these are a little rougher than I'd like but I quite like them anyway.

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Pastel portrait

Sketching with sanguine and sepia conté pencils, colouring with soft pastels and a carbon pencil for some of the fine detail. 

I'm think I'm getting better at achieving a likeness, the structure of the head, more accurately, more quickly. It's now getting frustrating that time is limited so perhaps I need to get someone to sit for a full session, make a few drawings and work up a final portrait.

Friday, 22 January 2016

Drawing highlights

It was an interesting night, I was the only student for the first half, trying to produce something more restrained on mid-tone paper shading by hatching and with white highlights. I was very wary of the white, it seemed to stand out too much, possibly because the paper was a bit darker than ideal, but this is the result.

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Portrait season

Determined to get more proficient at portraiture this year so I've signed up for Chris Wood's classes again. Taking a class like this a great way to get regular practice along with a few pointers from an experienced artist and teacher. 
This is the night's final piece.