Exercise in oils

•August 20, 2017 • 3 Comments

Here is an oil painting using the same image of Tom Hardy as before. This time with a little more consideration than the quick free watercolour exercises.

Painted in around three hours. oil on canvas.

tom hardy demo

Watercolour demo – Tom Hardy

•May 4, 2017 • 6 Comments

tom hardy watercolour

Last week I tried to show how exacting measurement in prep drawing for a watercolour portrait can work in your favour by giving reassurance of the drawing and confidence before applying paint.

I knew this painstaking method would be challenging and rather laborious for the group so this week I offered a shortcut alternative and took a tracing and transferred the drawing that way.

I was asked if I could paint someone everyone knew, to give added interest. I chose Tom Hardy and no-one knew him!

It’s not great to paint from someone else’s photograph for portraits but hey, it’s only an exercise.

I tried the one on the right at home to rehearse the points and to make sure I kinda knew what I was talking about when I came to do it in class.

The photo is a good example of high tonal contrast and three quarter pose.

The one on the left was the demo. These are half hour paintings, with a one inch flat brush.

Watercolour girl (more)

•April 27, 2017 • 2 Comments

girl watercolour apr 2017

More paint on; tonal additions and adjustments, eyes, some hair, eyebrows, lips, nostrils.

Everywhere got a little paint to finish.

Watercolour on paper 28″x15″

Watercolour girl

•April 27, 2017 • Leave a Comment

watercolour girl

A demo for Thursday group highlighting precision measurements when transferring drawing to paper.

I am not averse to a bit of tracing when drawing on to canvas or paper but this time I got the ruler out and showed the scaling up from measurements taken from the photograph.

The composition is cinematic widescreen. I like the way the girl is peering out through the letterbox like window. This was two hours painting and I will give it some more time in the studio to finish some raw areas. Eyes, some hair bits, tonal adjustments here and there.


Camellia – final version

•April 16, 2017 • 4 Comments


I wasn’t that enamoured with the painting this afternoon. There was a lack of life in the thing. I took a palette knife to it and destroyed the bottom section and repainted the background. I took it as close as I dared to total destruction and then I started to like it. So the message seems to be to throw caution oot the windae!

Evening Light April 2017

•April 14, 2017 • 6 Comments

evening light april 2017

Jumping to and fro between things can be fun but you lose focus if you are trying to develop an idea. I have been getting progressively bolder, I think, with these estuary paintings. Sticking to the one subject throughout gives a solid foundation to explore paint marks and texture. This is verging on “empty” but I have tried to dramatise what was quite a calm evening.

Yellow Chair

•March 25, 2017 • 1 Comment

yellow chair

Back to basics.  Drawn on Samsung Galaxy note 8

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