It was too cold for our life model to undress, so she just unpinned her hair and lay down on the platform fully clothed. Her unruly hair and unconventional style of dress – dungaree shorts and thick tights – at first made it seem more difficult to capture than her unclothed form might have. It seemed odd to be painting a person with their clothes on!
However, it made for a very interesting exercise. I used a palette of magenta and blue against a greeny/turquoise background and was quite pleased with my efforts.
A couple of weeks later, in my wee studio, I decided to turn the study into a finished painting. Using orange, yellow and touches of cadmium red, I added bold pattern and refined the figure here and there.
Here’s the result so far. Not sure if I should leave the yellow stripes as they are or if they should all be lined with red. What do you think?
Since October, I’ve been doing weekly life drawing and painting classes and I am learning so much from them.
Monday was the last one before Christmas and we spent the whole day on one pose. This time we had a young male model who was very slim with wide shoulders (male models are usually older with a lot of girth!)
I decided on a blood red background and used yellow, blue and magenta with a bit of greeny grey for flesh tones. As I had all day to work on it, it is pretty much finished – maybe a wee bit of tidying up of the hands and feet – we’ll see.
The shadow of his arm gave me problems, and I am not 100% happy with his shoulder. As we are not allowed to take photos of the model, I have nothing to reference in order to make changes so might just leave well alone.
My favourite bit is the head. Let me know what you think.
A few weeks back I began attending weekly life drawing and painting sessions at the Glasgow School of Art.
The emphasis has been on using colour and it has been eye opening. I find it fascinating that you can paint the human figure in, for example, greens yellow and reds and it works!
Now while I love beautifully painted figures in proper skin tones, there is something quite exciting about a figure with yellow highlights and magenta shadows with perhaps some purple or turquoise in there too.
Yesterday’s painting turned out a bit Matisse like – it’s not finished – the face, feet and hands are still very rough but overall, I was pretty pleased with it.
My favourite bit is the vibrant stripy cloth at the right hand side. Let me know what you think. 🎨🤔😊
One of my favourite ways of working is using collage to form the basis of a composition. But in these works I only use papers that I have prepared myself in advance; that is sheets of paper that have been splattered with paints and inks.
The mediums are run into one another and scored through with various utensils to create interesting marks. Often, I use a printing roller to merge colours and if the paint is thick, it makes beautiful, textured patterns. I also love to use metallic paints and inks as these create areas that catch the light.
When the papers are dry, I rip them into random sized pieces. The next step is then to choose pieces that will form a pleasing composition on a canvas. Once glued in place, more medium is added to create depth and interest.
Each work can take several days to complete. I create these collage landscapes in various sizes, from mini 7 x 5 inch to large 24 x 24 inch. One day soon I plan to attempt a really large one.
Until then, here’s a pic of two minis with golden skies framed and ready to go to a Christmas exhibition in a very nice gallery. Fingers crossed for a sale. If you like them, you can see more on my website.
If you’ve read my recent posts you will know I love to paint expressive, semi abstract flowers and hopefully you’ve had a look at my website and had look at some of them.
Well my good news for today is that I sold a framed work via a gallery in the Scottish Borders – it’s called ‘A Heady Mix’, it is on A3 paper and executed with ink, acrylic inks, watercolours and metallic ink. Nice and splashy and a bit textured too. It’s difficult to see from the photo, but there are some serious blobs of gold ink in there! If you like it check out my other flowery works on my website. 🎨😊💖
I’ve been pretty busy over the past 2 week sorting out work for Christmas shows – writing lists, filling out forms and a bit of framing. Feels like I’ve not painted for ages! But truth is this is where all the painting leads – unless you want to keep an ever growing collection of your own work.
So various bits and bobs will be on show and hopefully there will be a few sales. Fingers crossed.
However, I have a few – 7 to be exact – lovely A4 sized, splashy, semi abstract flowers that would make super Christmas presents and that can easily be ordered directly from me. Executed using watercolours and inks they are vibrant and full of movement.
I am offering these A4 sized, original works on quality paper, set in an A3 mount (mat) with backing board i.e. – they are ready to frame – and wrapped in cellophane for £125 inc p&p.
So if you are looking for something different to give as a Christmas present – perhaps an original work of art could be the answer.
The catch is that if your want one, you would need to order very soon to make sure you receive it in time for Christmas.
You can see these works on my site on the ‘Flowers- small works’ page and you can contact me from the site too.
Here’s one of them – this one is called ‘Fiery and Fabulous.