Beckspool

Beckspool

Beckspool

A fairly rapid watercolour sketch, about 1 hr. Tried to keep it relatively simple with colours pure. Trying to abbreviate…

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Bubbles…

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Bubbles…

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Alexanders

Alexanders

Alexanders

Another Norfolk landscape watercolour. Luminous alexanders brighten against a threatening April storm.

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Pheasant At Ridlington

Pheasant at Ridlington, Norfolk

Pheasant at Ridlington, Norfolk

Spent a few days before Easter with my sister near the Norfolk Coast. Managed this small watercolour.

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Anna

Nov 2016 oil on canvas

Nov 2016 oil on canvas

My daughter Anna. Again, I used a traditional palette for flesh tones and tried to keep the planes clean and free. Sargent says study Frans Hals if you want to learn everything about portrait painting. Top advice from a master. How to achieve credible flesh-tones from a few basic colours, and how to just ‘find’ the picture pushing the brush around in the paint, without the constraint of under drawing. The background – random point – happens to be a quote from Hals’ gipsy girl.

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The Rock

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My son Will posed for this on a baking day in Algonquin Canada earlier this year. I tried to capture something of the contrasting warmth and coolness as the sunlight saturates everything but parts of the boats and Will. I used cool violets in the shadows to suggest the warmth reflecting all around.

I like playing with the composition so, e.g. there is a triangle of primaries to anchor the picture (grass, cap, shoes), and the shape of the canoes are reversed in the distant tree line. As ever, it is deliberately loose and impressionist.

Will ‘collects’ rocks. Is he going to keep it or throw it?

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Blue Beret

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Rhyannan

This is a composite portrait, derived from drawings and photos, of one of our regular models. It started with an initial 15 min sketch of the pose with beret. The scarf idea came later. It allowed me to use the full tonal range with its black lace, and Autumn colours and made me think of the black veil in Goya’s Dona Isabel.

I also tried to start introducing more daring colour to this traditional palette and there is an experimental play with violets and yellows throughout.

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Clifton Arts Club Open Exhibition 2015

I’ve got a couple of paintings currently on display at the Clifton Arts Club Open Exhibition at Colston Hall

Kara

Boats at Derwent Water

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Kara

I recently visited the Sargent exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery and was inspired to get back into portrait painting. I was braver with this portrait of one of our regular models. I tried to keep the planes and values clear and free and not blend everything into oblivion.

Kara

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Madrazo

I have just completed this copy of a painting by Madrazo y Garreta of his model and muse Aline. I suspect from the shadow contrasts that he worked occasionally from photographs.

Copy of Aline with White Mantilla

I came across this painter through Sorolla, his contemporary, who painted his portrait. Madrazo is a much tighter painter than Sorolla, whose portrait of Madrazo (below) is freer by contrast.

Portrait of Madrazo by Sorolla

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