Sunday, 26 July 2015

Life Drawing 12.07.15

A couple of weeks ago I went to the regular life drawing class in Milton Keynes that I attend and I was pretty productive.  It ran from 10am-4pm and in that time I completed 3 paintings and numerous warm-up sketches.

Here are the warm-ups...

The final paintings, each took less than 45mins.  I'm quite pleased with them, some interesting angles and I'm happy with the flesh tones.  I wanted to get a few complete so that I was able to use them as examples in my Art in Action workshop the following Friday.

Let me know what you think :)

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Art In Action - 17/07/15

It's been the Art in Action weekend and artists of all media have been exhibiting and demonstrating their craft in marquees on a beautiful estate in Oxfordshire.   I was fortunate enough this year to be asked to teach a workshop on behalf of The Art Academy.  The session was to teach the basics of figure painting and I think it went rather well (even if I do say so myself).  The work produced by the class was great and considering many had little experience of painting they tackled portrait painting with confidence and enthusiasm.  I hope to be able to attend again next year and lead some more classes or workshops, it was so much fun!

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

More Plein Air

This is another painting that I did whilst studying this term at The Art Academy.  We went to Hyde Park for a couple of weeks to paint a more rural scene.  This is mine from the second week in Hyde Park.  I was probably painting for around 3 hours on this one. 

I've been priming my boards using a dark red recently, I think it looks particularly good against the greens.  I'm enjoying experimenting with different colours for priming my boards.  What do you use?

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

A Different Way of Working

The term has finished at the Art Academy and I've been flicking through some of the studies that I have been doing there over the past 10 weeks.  The module I have been taking this term has specifically been looking at landscape painting.  The greatest experience I have gained has been that of painting plein air, something I hadn't done until now and I've discovered I really enjoy.

This is the first painting that I did outside.  I think you can tell that I wasn't in my comfort zone at all and consequently the marks aren't what I wanted them to be.  It was a great learning curve, having the confidence to just get on with it, chat to passers by and to work quickly in changeable conditions.

At the end of the unit, we had the opportunity to rework one of the pieces in the studio.  Again not a way of working that I'm at all used to.  I usually just shelve something or paint over it if I'm not happy with results.  So I took the painting from week 1 and based another painting on it.  It's the same street, buildings etc I decided to go landscape instead of portrait, had a red primer and tried to get a bit more crispness of line.  It still isn't complete, just the main shapes and colours blocked out, but it's a marked improvement!  What do you think?

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Another new listing - Manchester Factory

I'm on a bit of a roll at the moment with my Etsy store.  I've recently finished a lot of art work so I'm gradually putting them on there.

The latest to be added is this painting of a factory in Manchester.  I visited the city in June for a friend's stag do and this old building is now used for paintball.  I do have a bit of a soft spot for these old buildings and I like the angle I chose to paint it from.  Let me know what you think!

Monday, 29 June 2015

New item added to Etsy Store!!!

I've just added a new item to my Etsy store - Fieldhead campsite watercolour in Edale, The Peak District.

Come and visit and take a look at all my works currently for sale.   :)

Monday, 22 June 2015

Study of Euan Uglow Painting- 'Model Climbing Stairs Rear End'

I've been looking at a lot of work by Euan Uglow, I really admire his brushwork and how he manages to get quite flat plains of colour without losing his expressiveness.

I find that by copying artwork I can learn more about their technique and appreciate their style in greater depth.  I chose 'Model Climbing Stairs Rear End'.  This is my version:

This is the original...I like to think that my version isn't far off!  What do you think?