Author Archives: essiep

Painting: acrylic in A4 sketchbook.

Looking back at old sketchbooks, they were terrible. They were rushed and flat. No more than underpainting really. So now I’m trying to find how far I can go. In previous years, I’d work out an idea then swap to … Continue reading

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Acrylic D3: boy

Another couple of hours while listening to Tom Yourke’s Sispiria. To think I nearly scrapped this two days ago. I went to bed frustrated and disheartened ready to cut the page out of the book in the morning. The next … Continue reading

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Acrylic D2: boy

I should have taken a photo after the 1st session yesterday. Problem was it was so fragmented that I was all set on scrapping the picture by bedtime. In the morning, various solutions were floating in my mind. Maybe layer … Continue reading

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Linseed Door

7°C, rain. Got a cold so stayed in and worked on the house. This is the door to a cupboard which was panelled over, probably in the late 1970s. The panel cake off easily but the paint flaked and revealed … Continue reading

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Two hours.

I used to keep a measure of my accumulated bike rides by adding up the weekly then annual milage. In a good year, I could total 6,000 miles. As the years go by, this figure has steadily declined to around … Continue reading

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That’s why I bought the Jake.

7°C, quiet and cool. A fine November day, surface water everywhere after recent downpours. I felt the magic on this ride – so that’s why I bought this bike. The poor machine got caked in mud especially after plunging into … Continue reading

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A few days off…

Rain No cycling because of low energy caused by a quiet cold.

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A6 pen (biro IV)

At least there is some intensity in this one. The glancing sunlight and secondary lighting make for a sculptural form. I will be ready to return to painting soon.

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School demos

Teaching how to use graphite powder in drawing. This is more a painterly approach. Lay out blocks of tone softly with a cloth. Work in highlights with a putty-rubber. Only then dive is with ever softer pencils. This is a … Continue reading

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Biro III.

It’s not quite finished, there is something wrong and I’m not sure what. This letterbox view on this landscape book doesn’t help but the solution may lie in careful hair measurements. The original photo has a twist – the model … Continue reading

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