SEATED FIGURE – PASTEL PAINTING

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It’s been almost two months since I did any life drawing – that is if you discount drawing animals on the Etosha Saltpan. It is also about the same time since I did any pastel work. So I went down to the Liver Sketching Club and eased myself in between the easels, without standing on too many toes, and had a go yesterday. Here is the result. I did go in with a game plan of working off a mix of background colours, but could have thought the scheme through a bit better in relation to the selection of colours. Though I do always take a couple of different coloured papers, normally a cool and warm and dark and light and select one depending on the mood and pose at the time, so there are always many options which would need to be considered beforehand.

Anyway, it’s just a piece of paper and it got me up and running again.

Other life drawings are available for sale on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com

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A FEW MORE FIGURES IN PASTEL

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A little more extensive use of charcoal with the pastel though still not getting the grittiness or directness I am after.

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In the one above I used even more charcoal, though probably too much and not to its greatest effect.

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And finally a portrait of the child of a child of the sixties, but with the lighting so poor in the studio the features are flattened by the glaring light. Another of life’s little challenges, I expect some of you have shared.

Other life drawings are available for sale on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com

JOHN, RECLINING – PASTEL PAINTING

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This is a painting of a guy I was at art college with and who occasionally models. He stepped in last week when the original model pulled out. I was pleased with the face as it captured him really well, the trouble is with the hands, which I could have tidied up later, but as I gave him the painting at the end of the session, it’s too late.

Other life painting with better hands is available for sale on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com

TWO MORE LIFE PAINTINGS – ACRYLIC PAINTINGS

 P1020562(1)a These two paintings were started on a ground of grey undercoat to which I added some blue and white. They were done on different days but the grounding seems to have driven similar styles and colour choices without me being conscious of the fact. I bought a big tin of undercoat so I must try and alter my approach on the next one.

I also must try and get both feet in -I’m always trying to maximise the form and invariably miscalculate.

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Other life painting can be found on my a website: grahammcquadefineart.com

SEATED MODEL 2 – PASTEL PAINTING

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It’s not that  I’ve been idle  of late. I actually have two paintings on the go and painted a birthday card as well, but all I  have to show is  todays painting from the life session -very similar to the last one but the sex is different  in case you hadn’t noticed..

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

LIFE DRAWINGS – CHARCOAL

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Last week I discarded the last crutch and the doctor gave me the ok to drive, so I started to return to the life sessions. I eased myself in with some charcoal drawings.

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I might even have a look at a portrait group which meets weekly, now that I can drive again.

P1020537(1)aOther life drawings and paintings are available for sale on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com