Friday, 8 June 2007

Figure Composition

Beginnings of a figure composition. I'm thinking that it should be a range of blues contrasted with the strong orange and red. I will want it to be a little more abstract.

Thursday, 7 June 2007

Greeting the Morning

Created this morning as the final stage in a step-by-step progression from original Life Drawing to final completion, and posted onto a new Flickr site called: the art process,,,building a painting.
This can be found at:

Tuesday, 5 June 2007

Lisa from the North

Charcoal and pastel on paper, 43x59cm. Mostly done from memory. I had barely got started on this pose when time was called. Completed it with pastels on return to the studio.

Monday, 4 June 2007

The Bleeding Man

Pencil and acrylics wash on paper, 30x43cm. This was done last year at an experimental Life Drawing Class at Strathclyde University. I loved the course as it allowed me to follow someone elses direction for a while (four weeks) and let myself go.

Sunday, 3 June 2007

Little Boy Blue

I like the energy created by this method of working - heavy impasto applied with a palette knife over an older (failed) painting allowing prvious layers to show through. It is fragmented in places but allows me to be more expressive.

Saturday, 2 June 2007

Angry Old Man

Beginning to motor now. Theres no holding me back. Confidence high and a lot of time to make up. Getting bolder and surer that this is the direction I most want to go in. Whether other people like it or not, it makes me feel satisfied.

Friday, 1 June 2007

"No pictures, please!"

oil on board, 40x30cm.

"Please, NO PICTURES!"

oil on board, 40x30cm.

When I'm in the mood, I paint in a frenzy. These two came out of my sketchbook from drawings made at least two years ago. Today I was in the mood for painting them. Using palette knives and painted over previous 'failed' paintings, they give a great textural effect which I enjoy.