Friday, 21 October 2016

Saturday life drawing - October

Last Saturday was monthly life drawing day at the art gallery. I tried some tinted charcoal for the first time - very different consistency, very different drawing experience. I like some of the smudgey effects but need to work with it more to bring out contrasts better. Different materials change the way you draw which can be quite interesting. 

All in all, not a terribly good day though. Wasn't pleased with anything I did, particularly the painting which is a disappointment. Hoping for a better session in November.

Tuesday life drawing

I'm a bit behind with me blog posts. Here are drawings from the last three Tuesday evening life drawing sessions. 

Thursday, 22 September 2016

New life drawing session

Just started going to a new life drawing session on a Tuesday evening, as well as the monthly workshops at the Art Gallery. I feel lucky to have been able to join the Tuesday evening session as it's a group of experienced artists from whom I'm hoping to learn lots. It's good to be back to weekly life drawing as I realised recently that my drawing skills have gone down hill somewhat since the Hamble class folded and I've been concentrating on painting. It was my second week at the Tuesday group and a better week drawing-wise. My drawings from the first session last week were shocking. It's amazing how quickly you get out of practice

Saturday life drawing

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Two days of life drawing

This week, I had the pleasure of spending the whole of Monday and Tuesday at the art gallery life drawing and painting. Two figure studies in oils in two day - what luxury! Drawings on day two were ropey so shan't post those but the afternoon painting wasn't too bad. I'm improving I think. Just got to keep practising.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Keep them coming

Painting practice. Another quick still life in oils.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Another still life

Last week's still life, probably about three hours in the making. Don't like the cork but enjoyable to do this one.

Oil paint on gessoed Heritage White 315gsm.


As I said in a previous post, no headspace or energy for etching at the moment so I've mothballed PB temporarily. This image is probably about three quarters done but will go into suspended animation for the foreseeable. PB will be back though... he has many stories left to tell. It's a bit of a relief to have made the decision actually. I realise I put a lot of pressure on myself when it comes to etching and the images I make. Painting is a lot more relaxing.

Sunday, 21 August 2016

August life drawing

Two-hour oil sketch in oil paint

Quick and simple still life paintings

No headspace for printmaking at the moment so quick, simple still life sketches in oil are where it's at right now. I've been talking about improving my painting skills for years. So, here I go.


Thursday, 4 August 2016

Student work

Work made by students on the Beginners / Improvers course at Red Hot Press last term. Taught by myself and Linda Bennett.

Cowprint postcard exchange 2

Currently on display at Red Hot Press.