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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 … Continue reading

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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. I came across this painter through Sorolla, his contemporary, … Continue reading

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“Come on, Will”

If I had painted this a few years ago it would have contained much more colour. This painting though is done with the same restricted palette used for classical portraits: black, white and three primaries (see the Elizabeth Farren post … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Farren

Sir Thomas Lawrence’s portrait of the actress Elizabeth Farren is a fabulous painting from the Regency period. It is unashamed in its dash and flair; in its excess. I took a break from rendering life drawings to do an oil … Continue reading

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R E Bucheli Christmas Exhibition 2013

I have two recent paintings on display at R E Bucheli’s Christmas Exhibition 2013 in Bristol. It runs from 16th November 2013 – 11th January 2014. The paintings are “Joanna” and “Boats at Derwent Water”. The website is www.rebucheli.co.uk

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Apryl

Even if I make things difficult for myself, I persevere with the principle of working from life and from sketches; especially with a portrait. Above is an oil painting of a model, Apryl… It is a hybrid derived from the … Continue reading

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Sight-size Method

I have sung the praises of people like Sargent on this site, as alla prima painters. I was unaware though, until recently coming across an excellent article on the history of its use, that he was one of many great … Continue reading

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Boats at Derwent Water

Just finished quite a large canvas following my trip to the Lake District… … Boats at Derwent Water.

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Lake District, Keswick and the History of Pencils

Just returned from a week in the Lake District, where I had the chance to do a few sketches. Excuse my ignorance, but I had not appreciated that the first pencils were made in Keswick following the discovery of Cumberland … Continue reading

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Naomi

I have just finished this oil portrait of one of our models, Naomi. As with the others, derived from this 15 minute pencil sketch.

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