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.

 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.