Saturday, 5 July 2014

No drawing to accompany...

...but overheard yesterday...

Three blokes comparing their tattoos.

"It's too dark. It's supposed to say 'LIFE IS A GAMBLE', but you can"t read GAMBLE.

Splash it abaht

Want to be more, I think the word is 'painterly', in my work.

Was in the National Portrait Gallery introducing a friend to the delights of John Singer Sargent, and how his work is as much about the paint as the person. And in the BP Portrait competition exhibition there is a piece by Simon Wright I liked which was as much paint as portrait. ( And somehow not as good online as it is in front of you )

Was pleased with this piece from the week before last.


Still way off what I want to be able to do, but in the right direction. 

I get too enslaved to wanting to do "a good drawing". I need to loosen up more. not in my paint or my hand, but in my ego. 

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

A happy accident

At Life drawing...

Was playing around a bit, and did a thick dark wash and then started scrubbing the colour back to lighten the wash in preparation for drawing the model, and the holder area just seemed to magically appear on the paper. So I let it develop more and ended up with a drawing ( painting really ) I am very pleased with.


Scanner has picked up paper shadow, so enlarge it too see it better.

But then spent the rest of the session trying to recreate this and ended up with over worked stuff I do not like.

Is this an example of the 1 % that the rest of the drawings were leading to ?

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

A little back view

A two minute pose done in the sketch book.


Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Are you following me ?

Or am I following you ?

Drew the same model at two completely unrelated life drawing sessions ! Guess I am reaching the optimum level at which the finite amount of models within the M25 meets the number of hours modelled in a week.

Is there a mathematical equation for that ?

Anyway here she is on the tuesday in Holborn...


And here she is on the friday in Watford*...


I mentioned this coincidence ( is it technically a coincidence ? ) and she laughed and said she was amazed how people got around. 



* not that anyone should really admit to being seen in Watford on a friday.


Monday, 23 June 2014

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Reader, I married him

Well, no, I don't think she did. But she was so intent on her copy of Mansfield Park, and I know it is a misquote and all, but it seemed to fit.