A FEW DAYS OF LIFE PAINTING – PASTEL AND GRAPHITE

Over the past three days I have been on a life drawing course with Crawfurd Adamson, a painter I have admired for a while. He employed good lighting and uses colour in an exciting and almost abstract style.

There were two models he used in a dynamic and interesting way and we started off with quick sketches trying to find a pose we could use for the next three days.

 

I then started painting with pastels, working around the models for the next few days. I was about the only one who moved, so I found myself having to squeeze in the few places left.

This was the first painting I did (above) and employs some of the scratchy application I have used in the past. Crawfurd showed me how he works with pastel and the way he applies it and in the next painting I used some of his techniques.

It was also good to see how I could further develop this as Crawfurd does work in many similar ways to me. He also has a similar approach to lighting and colour, which, though people on the course thought were theatric, suits me down to the ground.

A great way to spend a few days.

Other figurative works are available for sale on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com 

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5 thoughts on “A FEW DAYS OF LIFE PAINTING – PASTEL AND GRAPHITE

  1. Thanks Kim. For those doing line drawings flat lighting is fine, but when you’re looking for form and colour good, strong lighting is essential. It also throws up unexpected and interesting shadows and highlights.

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