The demonstrations I have just done have disrupted my chance to paint, so I am a bit short of material for the post, but I still managed to get out and do some pastel work at
some of the life and portrait sessions so here are the latest, Some I am pleased with and others, well …
I was after a punchy image, but the lighting at these sessions is very poor so I have resorted to squinting and compacting the mid-tones to try and inject some tonal energy.
If I stick to the plan it starts to work, but then I sometimes go off piste and the effect gets lost.
Then, it’s all good practice.
Other life drawing and portraits are available for purchase on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com
As well as attending life sessions I have joined a portrait group, so here are a few of my recent paintings all done on a grey undercoat in a similar style, mainly using just three colours, alizaren red, raw sienna and ultramarine blue as well as white of course.
I managed to get the feet in on this one, which for a standing pose, for me is a minor miracle.
Below are the portraits. The first one was a bit over ambitious, trying to maximise the head on the paper and with flat lighting. I have managed to convince the guy who runs the session that he can get more sympathetic lighting on the subject. Hopefully that will show up in the ensuing weeks.
Last night’s session was a bit better, less ambitious in size
Other life paintings and portraits are available for sale on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com
This is a self portrait in oils using a technique of glazes giving deep rich transparent darks and adding the lighter, less transparent lights and highlights towards the end.
This painting has been sold, but I am available to paint portrait commissions
Other work is available for view on grahammcquadefineart.com