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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Other life paintings and portraits are available for sale on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com

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