Category Archives: Art

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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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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Biro drawing again.

Heavy rain and not warm any more. I’m struggling with re-learning old tricks. A few drawings have eye-line faults and some skew. It’s coming back though.

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Fylde Sunset

12°C, light wind.

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Biro drawing

Bic yellow biros are my favourite, this one is well broken in, so is probably half used.

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The tuning-fork tree.

More storms, 60mph gusts. Dried up later. 7°C. A6 sketchbook: In work today, I had time to watch a tree beaten by storm Gareth. My mind turned to the problem of how can we animate a winter tree? The tree … Continue reading

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