Thursday, 19 September 2013

AAT Exhibition at the Tin Church

The Art Around Town Group are holding their annual exhibition at St Peter's Church, High Salvington.

Work from eight different artists is on display, featuring a sculptor, a textile artist and my own Barn Owl will be making an apearance. Do pop in and have a look - the church is fascinating.

Friday, 13 September 2013

Pastel portraits on blue

It was good to relax on Thursday morning and just do some painting. The first image is the finished version of a portrait painted with Conte pastels on Blue Winsor pastel paper. Interestingly, the second image is the same painting, half-finished. Taken by a better photographer than me, and the colours have been boosted a little, it was at this stage that I thought about stopping. To me the unfinished painting has much more energy.

The final image is a clip of a painting done during the life-drawing session on Monday. It just serves to illustrate how effective the blue background is when painting portraits.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Life Drawing 09 September 2013

Another useful 2 hour session last evening. Suzanne was the model, and this is about the only sketch suitable to upload to a public blog.

Completed in around 15 minutes, it was painted with Conte pastel pencils on Sennelier Pastel Card. While it is a small sketch, measuring around 6" by 9", completed very quickly, I am quite pleased with the outcome.

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Australian Landscape

This was fun. The idea is that certain colours can evoke the "feeling" of a location. The warm earth colours are used as representative of Oz. Having never been there, others will have to judge if it worked.

The piece measures approx 10" by 8" and was painted with St Petersburg White Nights watercolour paints on Daler Rowney 300g/m2 paper.

Yesterday also marked my return to Seaside Primary School in Lancing. Ten of my animal paintings are now hanging in the corridor opposite the library until the end of November. It was good to return there as part of the Art Around Town project - you receive such honest feedback from the children!