•December 8, 2013 • 12 Comments
This is John Lawson. A portrait donated to Enable Scotland, a wonderful mental health charity. Bid for by John at the Annual charity ball, where a few drinks loosens the pocket a bit and enables you to pay for something you might not ordinarily buy!
The interior is Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery. I have just remembered, the study drawing was posted earlier in the year.
I loved painting the darker corridor on his left, the checkerboard tiles and a peek into the Dali room where the “Christ of Saint John of the Cross” hangs.
John, like most sitters, didn’t make it easy by wearing a checked shirt and intricate tie covered in little blue squirrels.
•November 27, 2013 • 3 Comments
I know, pushing my luck with this pose. I had a date with Fairlie Art Club and what to paint? Why, the waitress of course!
One of the members is also a member of New Cunninghame Club and saw a version of this there. Fortunately a three quarter view and not the same one. I was able to chat more this time since I am so familiar with the face now I could relax into the painting. I need a new image for the next one.
•November 16, 2013 • 4 Comments
Another, and final, version of The Waitress (all going well, of course). This was a demonstration this morning for the new Saturday group. So far, they have practiced drawing freehand, from a grid and traced images. The painting here demonstrates two of these techniques for transferring the image onto canvas. I printed a photograph of the model’s head to the exact size I needed and traced the image for transfer. The torso was drawn from a photograph prepared with a grid and scaled to fit the head.
Painted alla prima, but will go back into the face again tomorrow. It should still be wet for retouching.
I am painting the whole figure this time as this was the intention from the beginning. I want to represent the figure at work, slightly daydreaming but still paying attention and ready for duty. Strong shadows cast on the left side of the face which I am not used to, so trying to fight dirty colours. I am happy with how it’s looking at the moment but keen to get more work done on it tomorrow.
•October 28, 2013 • 4 Comments
I was thinking about Fiona yesterday when I heard the sad news of Lou Reed’s death.
Fiona painted this portrait of him in the wednesday evening group only two weeks ago. We had a laugh at how gnarled his face was and how tricky getting the strong and particular mouth and jaw shape was . We weren’t to know he would pass away within days of painting it.
He was a musical hero of mine. The most honest rock guy I have ever heard. I saw the Velvet Underground play in Edinburgh for the reunion tour way back in the early 90′s. I think it will remain the best concert I ever saw.
•October 27, 2013 • 6 Comments
Eleven days since my last post counts as neglect.
I have been working slowly on a portrait that is about two thirds there, maybe more. So nothing new to put up.
I came across this picture of my first painting of Archie, a friend and fellow painter, when cleaning up my desktop. Moving files into folders, all that business. It takes up enormous amounts of time, but you can uncover lost treasure. I had thought I had lost any record of this one but so glad to have found it again. I work from a desktop pc but also use a laptop in the studio and things do get confusing. Add in back up cd’s and flash memory sticks and , well, chaos.
Archie is standing in front of one of his own paintings. Something about this painting and others in the series cheer me up every time I see them.
•October 16, 2013 • 5 Comments
Played around with the Sketchbook app on the tablet. Colour will take a bit of getting used to. Going from tool to tool is a clumsy stumble too, initially.
This is my Jam Speaker. A great wee bluetooth gadget which keeps me company in the kitchen.
•October 10, 2013 • 11 Comments
A new painting by Margaret. One of my students who has been with me from the beginning when I nervously started tutoring and workshopping.
This latest painting is of her granddaughter. A beautiful painting of red hair and freckles. One that I thought might be too difficult to pull off but has turned out to have been more straightforward than I imagined. Also, it is probably my favourite of all her paintings!
The photo is slightly under contrast compared to the actual painting.