A CLUTCH OF PASTEL AND CHARCOAL LIFE DRAWINGS

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I  have been doing work in dry media recently after  a notice appeared, from the landlord of one of the groups I attend,  decreeing that paint should not go down the drain in the building. Despite my protestations that this was a ridiculous constraint for an art group nothing has changed. I even asked the secretary of the group to find out from the landlord what their concerns were and told the secretary how we might reduce blockage risks, but he seemed more concerned with defending the landlord than serving the club and its members – and he still hasn’t got back to me .

Now, after seeing members of the committee disposing of paint down the drain, I might restart my acrylic work. Anyway, before my blood pressure rises any more,  here are the rest of my paintings:

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THREE FIGURATIVE LIFE STUDIES – PASTEL, ACRYLIC AND CHARCOAL

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I managed to get the full figure on the sheet for once with this conte pastel study, but it does reduce the ability to develop detail.

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I used the background as a middle tone and so had the figure coming in and out of focus or looking like a piece of  Emmental cheese, depending on your viewpoint.

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A charcoal study with strong toplight completes the set of recently completed work  all done in  various life groups around Liverpool.

Other life paintings and drawings can be found on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com

 

DOREEN AND JULIE – ACRYLIC SKETCHES

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When I turned up for a life session yesterday I was told the model had cried off. Instead, one of the painters, Doreen, had volunteered to sit in their place. I must admit to being disappointed as I had brought paints and was going to play around incorporating some collage. However with the lighting and the way Doreen posed made it a very good study – it turned out ok in the end.

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I decided to move over to doing some life studies in acrylics. The pose was quite stiff, but by getting a low viewpoint something a little more interesting was achieved.

Life painting for sale can be found on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com

REMAINING DRAWINGS – PASTEL PAINTINGS

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At one life group I attend they seem to make things as difficult as they can to work. Here they insist on two models who then turn up late and before the main pose the group decide to do some ‘warm-up’ sketches, as if there is some chance of pulling a muscle when lifting your charcoal. Then as soon as you get started it’s time for a tea break. This is what I managed. I did like the way the female sat languidly in the light, though I think that right knee of the male could do with a touch of remodelling.

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This one, at a more organised session,  was as much about taking out as putting down. I wanted a rougher feel to the work and think I got it.

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Finally a more staid pose, but the turned up foot posed some difficulty.

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

A CLUTCH OF FIGURES AND PORTRAITS – PASTEL PAINTINGS

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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

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some of the life and portrait sessions so here are the latest, Some I am pleased with and others, well …

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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.

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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

A CLUTCH OF SEATED FIGURES – PASTEL AND CHARCOAL DRAWINGS

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I  was trying for a more emphatic style with these pastels, but the second one slipped a bit in this endeavour. Certainly the light in this venue leaves a lot to be desired.

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In fact this girl above announced that she was pregnant so I wonder if she will continue modelling. Here she is in a different session, but still sitting rather stiffly.

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

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