Wednesday, 29 October 2014

28th October

My portrait of Julie, a woman in her 60' with a wonderful mane of grey/blond hair. She had a face full of expression...a life lived to the full. The painting was done from life, on a portrait course with Andrew James.

 We had started with a tonal sketch in charcoal and then in oils. Julie was more alert and cheerful at this early stage!

Sunday, 19 October 2014

19th October 2014

Three paintings that I've been working on for the last few weeks. Two are from photos and one is from life.
This is actually quite a small painting...I was going for atmosphere by using glazes.

Looking at this again, I think I need to knock back the shadow areas of her never get to finish in this lark...there's always something else to do.

Done at life class last Tuesday. I loved the pose...and I've started to use the background to introduce liveliness and space.

Friday, 3 October 2014

October 3rd 2014 , Back to painting after a long hot summer. I've done a few paintings of my grandchildren, from photos, taken while on holiday in France.
I used some oil medium while painting this smelt awful, and got stuck to my fingers and brushes...but it made the colours glow beautifully.

Princesses climb trees too!

Cousins...just chillin'

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

July 2014

July 2014
 Rana. I struggled in this painting to create a composition out of such a long slender woman. In the end it became a matter of balancing colours.

 Penny. I tried for the painterly approach in which every brush stroke shows.

 Abbey. I liked the russets and blue/greens.

 John, he has such a strong yet sensitive face. He looks a bit wistful here...he's probably yearning for the teabreak.

Saturday, 24 May 2014

May 2014

 Jonathan, painted in two sessions. A delightfully interesting man.

 Amy on the beach. Had fun with a bit of paint flicking in this picture.

  Rana. A Syrian woman with a wonderfully strong and expressive face. 

 One of my favourite paintings...I'm finally getting the hang of painting 'light'.

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

30th April

 This portrait of Tony was painted in two sessions at my Thursday portrait group. The extra work gone into it has, I think, made it more complex and richer.

 This painting's still being worked on.

 Now that this pics on the computer, I can see all sorts of adjustments that need to be made.

 Abbey, painted at the life class yesterday. Paint's still wet and shiny!

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.