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.
This one had a warmer background of my left over emulsion, again, mainly square brushes.
This was done mainly with a palette knife, accentuating the warm background with a cool palette
Meditating man, here I coated some of the surface in masking fluid to see what effect I got. I probably didn’t use enough.
Again more masking fluid used and again, not enough and again the use of square brushes.
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.
Three figures from recent life sessions, two in acrylic and one in pastel. The top one was playing around in blocks of colour and I decided to reintroduce the background into the figure. I then added more blocks outside and a feeling of disintegration developed.
Painting’s taken a backseat to opening parcels, eating and drinking but here’s some of my latest life paintings done during the run-up to Christmas. The first one is an acrylic, the second a pastel and finally another acrylic, each done in around 90 minutes during some of the life sessions I attend.
I was going to present a café scene today, but I got bogged down with all the tables and chairs so instead here are a couple of life studies. The top one was done today. I wanted to play with liquid acrylics but struggled on my easel and with one eye on the pristine floor of the hall we meet in, I decided to abandon the approach. Despite reverting back to brushes, I do like the effect that the liquid acrylics gave and need to work out a way of application.
The painting below was done with a palette knives and some brushes. It turned out a bit stolid, but you cant win them all.