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.
A watercolour demo for Wednesday evening class
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.
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″
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.
A watercolour exercise that borrows from Elizabeth Blackadder. A simple nature painting from life. A bit of dead stem from the garden; a daff, a lily and another flower(?) from the shops; and a budding stem also from the garden.
A semi-botanical job, kind of randomly arranged. I would like to put in more to fill the space but there is enough here , I suppose, to get the gist of the exercise.
This is for you, Thursday group!
An exercise for some in the Thursday gang. A twenty minute watercolour portrait.