Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Printmaking Workshop @ The Art Academy, London-

This weekend I attended a printmaking workshop at The Art Academy where I usually study painting.  I'd never tried printing properly before and it was a great experience learning the new techniques.

Saturday- We were taught how to lino-cut to create images with three tones.  It surprised me (although now it seems really obvious) what a destructive process it is.  I hadn't previously realised that the same piece of lino was used for each new element of the print, therefore making the final piece of lino useless for reprinting.

Anyway here are my efforts from Saturday:



Sunday - We were learning how to etch into zinc plates.  This I found really tricky as there were something like 14 different stages.  But I got there in the end and I'm pretty happy with the results.  It's a view of St George's Church in London.


Let me know which of my efforts you prefer.



Monday, 18 May 2015

Blackfriars Station - London Urban Sketch - Now Available!!!

I've just added another item to my Etsy store, come and check it out!  It's this urban sketch of Blackfriars train station in London.  Whilst you're there why not have a look at some of my other London landmark illustrations...all available at very reasonable prices!!!  :)

P.S - None of the artworks are prints...you can buy the absolute original, one of a kind piece!  Wow!


Monday, 11 May 2015

Life Drawing - Sunday 10th May

Another Sunday at Life Drawing at Centric MK.  I've realised recently that I have begun to find my palette and seem to be sticking to the same oil paints each time I work.  As a bit of an exercise, this week I decided to take some random colours with me (making sure I had a least one of each primary colour).  I figured by forcing myself to use colours which I wouldn't usually take with me I might get some interesting results.

Here is the warm-up sketch:



I managed to complete two paintings this week.  One taking 1.5hrs (top) the other about 2hrs (bottom).
I like the vibrancy of the colours that I've managed to get, reminds me of Summer.  Let me know what you think.




Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Life Drawing 26.04.15 - Automat

Last week was a busy one so I didn't get a chance to post my work from the last life drawing session I attended in Milton Keynes.  We thought it might make a change to create a piece inspired by the work of a well-known artwork.  I was quite keen for our work this time to have more of a narrative, rather than just a study of a figure I wanted to capture some of the space around.  

I've recently been looking a lot at the work of Hopper and I love the way that he uses the environment around the people in the painting to create the mood and suggest a narrative.  I took along a print of 'Automat' for us to use as inspiration.  For those of you who don't know it, here it is (this is Hopper's and not mine!)



As we only had 5 hours from setting up to packing away, so realistically a little over 3 hours painting.   We tried to keep the set up pretty simple removing some of the 'stuff' in the background.  Here are the stages in my painting.






And finally a close up of the figure. 


I'm really pleased with what I managed to achieve in the session.  Let me know what you think. 

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Tower Bridge- London Landmark Art

It's been a while since I've posted, but I thought I'd let you know that I've not stopped arting and to prove it I've added a new item to my Etsy store!  Check it out and let me know what you think.


Friday, 10 April 2015

SOLD- London Eye Urban Sketch

This item has sold from my Etsy shop...



Remember all of the artworks that I am selling are unique, one-off pieces so if you like one, don't miss out on it!  Visit my Etsy shop.


Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Southwark Street, London - Urban sketch

I've finished another urban sketch to add to my series of London landscapes and landmarks.  This is a view of Southwark Street.  Chose to keep this one in greyscale to emphasise the shadows of the narrow street.  Let me know what you think.



If you really like it, you could own the original!!!  Just visit my Etsy store and check out this painting and others in my series.