Demo Wednesday 7th nov 2018

spotty cup n flowers acrylic demo

Demo today for Wednesday group.

An exercise in semi-abstraction. This is in acrylics with a few oil pastel additions at the end. This is a still life after Claire Harrigan. Significant is the use of bold blocks of bright colour; a scarcity of detail; and maintaining a sense of space and object without travelling over into pure abstraction.

There is only two real layers in this painting. It’s likely, if outside the parameters of a demonstration, I would continue the build up of opaque paint to strengthen the surface texture further.

The 49

The 49 full board

Forty nine beautiful, handsome faces all together.

These are all 7″x7″ oil on board. Around a third of them were painted within the target of 49 minutes but as things progressed I felt compelled to spend more time to take them to a satisfactory finish. On average, the time on each was more like one hour and a half.

The idea was to show something fresh for our open weekend on the 6th of October. I missed that by 5 portraits, but took my time since, to fill these last five spaces. It’s now complete and I’ll keep it together for the year in the studio until the next open weekend.