STANDING MODEL – PASTEL PAINTING

P1020512(1)My mobility is rather restricted at the moment so I haven’t been to any life sessions – its bad enough lugging an easel to them so the added restriction of crutches just makes me stay at home. What I thought I’d do is have a look at some of the quick 2 minute sketches and see if I could make anything of them. This is the first one I tried. It is rather plain, but I did intend a stark image – perhaps even starker – but I did like the calmness of the pose. In this one I included a hint of the face.

The original sketch is below, done without measurement, so I think the top of the arm is a little short. I might have a go at another and try a different style.

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MIXING IT UP – ACRYLIC PAINTING

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I saw some work on a blog by an Israeli artist painting faces in blocks of colour which was very striking and this got me thinking. I didn’t want to paint a portrait and  I wanted some sense to the background so I came up with this. There is a bit more I might do to improve it,  this but essentially it’s done . The work I saw used bigger blocks of colour – something I wished I had done as I got into this, although I did want to have the patches smaller and more diverse towards the bottom. Mixing diverse colours from just six base colours and white you begin to get a little stir crazy after a while.

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MORE LIFE DRAWINGS – PASTEL PAINTINGS

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I am in hospital at the moment getting a new hip joint as the old one gave up after years of sport.

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So here are a few  of my recent life paintings,

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I have been taking my pastels down to the sessions of late.

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These will be the last life paintings I will do for a while until I get fully mobile again.

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But what I might do in the interim is work up some of the quick sketches I’ve done as they can be more dynamic and interesting than these more static longer poses.

Other life paintings can be found on my website, grahammcquadefineart.com

 

A FLURRY OF LIFE WORK – ACRYLIC PAINTINGS

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I had a cull of some paintings recently and got out the grey undercoat and some left over emulsion and covered them over and took the toned sheets to a few life sessions. Here are the results. Each one took about an hour and a half, allowing for the tea breaks and socialising that goes on. The one above was mainly done with square brushes.

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This one had a warmer background of my left over emulsion, again, mainly square brushes.

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This was done mainly with a palette knife, accentuating the warm background with a cool palette

P1020466(1)aMeditating man, here I coated some of the surface in masking fluid to see what effect I got. I probably didn’t use enough.

P1020467(1)aAgain more masking fluid used and again, not enough  and again the use of square brushes.

Other figurative work is available for sale on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com

 

TWO LIFE STUDIES – ACRYLIC PAINTING

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Two recent life paintings, one done yesterday. As you can see I have just purchased another can of water miscible grey undercoat. It does give a good medium/light tone to paint on and also means I can overpaint old paintings. It has a blue tinge which I must admit I am not fully exploiting on these sketches but in these sessions of just over an hour there isn’t too much thinking time, let alone anytime – but it’s always a challenge.

I like the water-miscible  undercoat as you can take some along with you and use it to correct if need be or work into the painting, as in the second one, without causing solvent smells and being able to clean your brush easily.

Other life paintings are available on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com