Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Need new subjects

Getting bored with drawing myself so need new subjects. The Aged P's turn next.

Sunday, 11 August 2019

Drawing solves everything


This was going to be a painting but I just couldn't get the angle and proportions right so I did what I should have done at the start and made a drawing.

I'd forgotten how satisfying it is to draw with charcoal on large pieces of paper (A1)... you can get your whole body moving with the mark-making. And of course, you can work out those knotty angles and proportions much more easily. Drawing solves everything. It's my new mantra.

Saturday, 3 August 2019

More Stuart Pearson Wright

This is a TEDx Talk that SPW gave in 2014 about the nature of portraiture and painting in general. It tails off a bit at the end but he says some really interesting and down-to-earth things about paintings being theatre and merely a 2D object masquerading as a 3D object. He doesn't have any truck with the notion that 'a good portrait should reveal the soul of a sitter', but that at best, a portrait can only reflect the mood or character of the sitter. I'm paraphrasing here as there doesn't seem to be a transcript of the talk. I like his pragmatism as well as his work. Worth 16 minutes of your time.

Thursday, 1 August 2019

Jock McFadyen and Stuart Pearson Wright in conversation

Fascinating discussion about painting between two painters I admire. Set aside an hour and have a listen.

23 June 2019 at the Howard Theatre, Downing College, Cambridge.

Published by the Heong Gallery.