Hi folks, long time no post....
Just thought I would show you a bit of what I have been up to lately. I am seriously trying to improve my painting so since the begining of the year I have been speed painting at life classes wherever possible. I am doing a top notch tutored painting workshop in Italy next month, the figure and landscape and am trying to prepare myself to get as much out of it as possible.
I have a little box that takes 10" x 12"'s and I am working on standardising all the equipment including the palette because there just isnt time to decide about anything you dont have to in these circumstances. I also noticed I have to premix a few colours and use and change brushes much more often. These are probably good disciplines to develop of which I seem to have very few I have discovered.
The first few are from an untutored workshop I did yesterday. The WIP is one I did a day earlier trying to warm up, and the rest are from earlier this year, improvement may not be that apparent but of course life work is a bit hit and miss and it will take some time.
There are issues with all of them of course, some I can see and no doubt plenty I cant but I think overall this has been a positive thing to do. Oh, and I cant do faces (eggs), hands (mittens) or feet (bricks) in the time and am struggling to find a consistant way to suggest them. There is still so much I need to learn...sigh....
Oil on canvas board (I hate it) 10 X 12" about 1 hour 20 mins. Pretty much had to make up the skin tones, she was pale, with a blue background under fluorescent lights so there was no real warmth in her skin.
Still had paint on the pallete so thought I would attempt another one - Oil on shellac'd matboard (lovely painting surface) 12 x 5" ish 30 mins (am I mad?) and I know its rubbish but I gave it my best shot.
Still had paint to use up so went for it again. Oil on drafting film (I love it) 10 x 12" over a dark blue board - 45 mins. She drifted a lot, by the end the was no gap between her arm and body so I thought I did ok considering. I have found the best way with these is to start off 'drawing' in thin burnt umber, taking my time over that and then just colouring in like a lunatic.
With a white undersurface just for comparison
WIP My hero, do you recognise him yet? 16 x 20" on board with 'proper' oils which I am just starting to use and a limited palette of black, lead white (love it over titanium), venitian red and ochre. BTW my 'speed' oils are water miscibles.
These are from the last few months oldest first - all 10 x 12" and all roughly an hour give or take a bit at my weekly untutored life sessions
drafting film - I use this a lot partly because I love painting on it and also it takes up less room for storage, although mostly they will end up in the bin.
drafting film - playing with backgrounds
drafting film - really inspired by this model and quite pleased with the hair
shellac'd matboard (a framer friend gave me some offcuts and its fab to paint on but I only really like cool colours for figure work) - a bit goth, dont know how that happened.
shellac'd or PVA'd matboard - one of my better attempts
drafting film - I forgot my white paint. Marge Simpsons cousin eh!
PVA'd matboard Hmmmm, nearly.
PVA'd matboard - The model moved quite a bit in the break and I lost her upper body
Shellac'd matboard - was quite pleased to finish the term with this one, shame she never got a face.
If anyone can see anything I am doing consistantly right or wrong please pipe up. I know I will always need to work on my drawing skills but whatever other thoughts you might want to share would be appreciated - I need all the help I can get.
Thanks for looking.