MAN OF THE BROTH – PASTEL PAINTING

I initially had a notion of this painting from a side view incorporating the steam from the soup against a dark background. Looking for suitable images to use I came across one of my dad, but a frontal view. Unfortunately he was wearing a hat and had no shirt which was a step too far for me, so I changed that, and added a book.

The real problem came in filling the 50x65cm sheet. I rescoped the head a couple of times, to try to ensure that sheet was filled, but despite all this I only managed 2/3 of the paper and with all the chopping and changing I lost the likeness – well, it’s a bit like him, but I’ve done better – perhaps a candidate for another attempt.

Compared to that the reworking of the Cambodian woman (an image I posted a couple of weeks ago as a smaller sketch) came out so much easier on this larger format – perhaps there was more to squeeze in so I was struggling to include rather than fill it out.

I might do a bit of tweaking to this yet, but in the main I am happy with it. Perhaps this larger format allows more detail and nuance giving it, for me, more authority.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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LIFE AND PORTRAITS – ACRYLIC PAINTINGS

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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.

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I managed to get  the feet in on this one, which for a standing pose, for me is a minor miracle.

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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.

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Last night’s session was a bit better, less ambitious in  size

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LADY IN GREY – PASTEL PAINTING

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I did a tonal pastel painting on a warm grey support paper of a model at the life painting group. I was pleased with how the simple approach came out. I think the warm colour of the paper added an additional hue and gave the painting a lift.

Other life studies are on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com