Wednesday, 2 April 2014

2nd April 2014

 Two paintings of our gorgeous Lucy. I tried to keep the brush strokes lively and interesting.

 The colours were very rich in this one.

 I first painted this lady two weeks ago. The other portrait was more flattering, but I prefer this one as it has more humanity.

 Amy.

Saturday, 22 March 2014

22nd march...portraits

 Thursdays portrait class. We had a wonderfully colourful and lively model. I enjoyed the sketchy approach combined with blocks of colour.


 A new painting of Theo...not quite finished yet. I'm going to have to redo those dreadlocks I think.

Friday, 7 March 2014

8th March 2014

 Last Tuesday's life class. Poor abbey looks as if she's falling asleep!

 Thursday's portrait class.

 This is a painting that I did of Amy many months ago...but I decided to play around with gold paint in the background. It was effective in places, but I think I need to apply gold leaf to make it really work.

 This painting glows with the thin sienna colours that I left from the initial sketching out stage.

 I was able to go back and finish off this painting of Theo, mostly by filling in the vivid red background.

Sunday, 2 March 2014

2nd March 2014
 Rachel. I loved the yellowy greens in the jumper because they teamed up so beautifully with burnt sienna and even magenta.

In this painting of Lucy I liked the patterned dress, but it seemed rather 'fussy'....so I glazed over parts of it with magenta, and the effect was lovely.

I was struggling with all the grass and background in this picture, until I took a quick peak at Andrew James's paintings and I started to break it up into chunks.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014


12th February
 I think I've been influenced by the stormy weather in this portrait of Amy!

 Tuesday class painting of John. 

 Rather a 'cutsie' picture I'm afraid. 

 Last week's painting of John. Its still very wet and glossy, hence the left side of the photo is reflecting light rather than the colours that are there. I'll put this picture up again when it's finally dry.

Monday, 3 February 2014

3rd February
I changed the background on this one...and loosened up the dress a bit.

Portrait of Theo started this week. Hopefully I'll finish it successfully next Thursday. It's going ok so far, I like the colours ...and his pensive expression. Theo's a musician and song-writer, so he has a lot on his mind

Tuesday's life class. We painted Sue in a hat and necklace....I like her wonderfully sculptural arm.

Saturday, 25 January 2014

25th January
I liked messing with the hair.

 A long thin painting, and the photo has made the feet appear smaller than they are....excuses, excuses.

I may have put this painting of Abbie on a previous blog...but it's finally finished now...I think.

 Tuesdays art class...Sue in a fancy hat.