The Waitress

•October 3, 2015 • 4 Comments


“The Waitress”. I have been meaning to paint this study for some time. My hand was forced as we have an open weekend at the Courtyard Studios and not having much in the way of new work, I executed it quite quickly to fill a gap. Apart from the face, most of this is painted in one layer on white. The paint is quite opaque, therefore, to show solidity. The grouting has just been left as breaks in the olive colour, showing the bare canvas. Not what I would usually choose to do as it could be looked at as unfinished, but I am satisfied it does the job. I may paint it again, in the way I would have with more time, but then again I probably wont! :)

Demo VI

•September 11, 2015 • 6 Comments

Margaret smiling demo sep2015

Final demo of the week. Another side to Margaret who is usually smiley and humble, like this portrait. Interesting to compare with serious, world leader Margaret seen previously. Is it possible to tell the story of a person in one image. Maybe, depending on what you want to see, but virtually impossible. Mostly, a client only gets one portrait and therefore only one chance for the artist to tell the story that fits the person.

It usually works out given the limitations, thankfully.

Demo V

•September 10, 2015 • 4 Comments

Effie demo2015

I ran out of prep time for my fifth demo so turned to Effie and painted her on white ground for a bit of fun.

Final demo tomorrow.

Demo IV

•September 10, 2015 • 1 Comment

red hair green under

Lime green undrpainting on this one. I chose this to oppose the red hair. I like how it turns out. Brings an freshness to the flesh tones too.

Demo III

•September 9, 2015 • 1 Comment


Another one. This time painting on a white ground with no mid tone safety net! It takes longer to see how the tones work next to one another due to the blinding white. But eventually as you apply the paint, you get there.

I won’t take this further as it says all I want to say about this face. I like the contrast of the silhouetted head against the stark background.

Mary Demo

•September 8, 2015 • 2 Comments


This time I tried to make the background an important part of the finish, rather than just an aid to tonal decisions.

The head grows from the umber surface and the underpainting is much more visible than before.

Red hair Demo

•September 7, 2015 • 7 Comments


The week ahead is going to be demo time for all the classes. This first one is a return to Kate’s Red Hair.

The hair is pure cadmium at some places, turning to a mix of cad red, ultra blue and umber for the darker parts.

My usual palette, here, of titanium white, ultramarine blue. alizarin crimson, yellow ochre, burnt umber, cad red and cad yellow. There is an addition of pthalo blue for the t-shirt.


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