Ryan

•October 15, 2017 • 1 Comment

Another portrait painted on same day as portrait below. The girl was one hour and a half. I spent one hour on this one.

Ryan

Portrait of Angel

•October 12, 2017 • Leave a Comment

A portrait exercise painted on Saturday.

kelly sister

Speight Family

•September 30, 2017 • 4 Comments

Here is a portrait painted over the summer.

This is Franco, Midge and Roddy. Franco taking top tier in the triangular composition, Midge looking calm and Roddy playing for laughs.

I wanted the painting to be polished and flat and towards photorealist. It is a relief sometimes to forego stylistic brushiness and concentrate on likeness and form alone. It is time consuming but satisfying to see a clean end result.

speight family medium jpeg

Big Heid II(again)

•September 16, 2017 • 7 Comments

I wasn’t satisfied with my second big head self portrait, mainly because of the stupid under the brow stare. So¬† I tried a second layer to see if I could tone it down or even get rid. I couldn’t.

Also, it was worthwhile giving a second layer to what was a two hour painting initially, to find out if I could preserve the spontaneity and freshness. Anyway, a painting to hang on to until I find something else to go on a 60″x42″ stretcher.

bigheid II second layer

Courtyard Studios Annual Exhibition

•September 5, 2017 • 2 Comments

Open Studios 2015 Poster

Painting from a sketch II

•August 29, 2017 • 2 Comments

Another acrylic painting from a sketch of a photograph.

This is a view in Irvine of Duntonknoll, a row of white houses with the Dalry hills in the distance. A simple composition of low horizon and sky filled with summery clouds.

Being a demonstration, it is quickly executed with little time to think and pore over details. So, I wouldn’t think of these as finished paintings but as stepping stones towards that, although they are fairly close to the broad style I am aiming for.

duntonknoll

duntonknoll sketch

Painting from a sketch

•August 23, 2017 • 5 Comments

I demo’d this exercise for Wednesday class and will roll it out to the others this week and next.

The aim is to draw from a photograph, recording line, tone and colour notes to the point where you have all the info you might need to create a painting without referring to the original photo.

This frees up the image from a strict copy of the photograph which can lead to tight work. It is surprising how the exclusion  of information at the sketch stage takes the pressure off and leads to a fresher vision.

loudoun hill

loudoun hill sketch

 
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