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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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In Living Colour: Grant Bradley Gallery

Attended the private view of the “In Living Colour” exhibition at the Grant Bradley Gallery in Bristol tonight. I exhibit two known paintings from this site “Golden Gown” and “The Prestige”. It was also the occasion to exhibit some short … Continue reading

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Bristol Art Prize 2013

The Bristol Art Prize is an art competition currently running in the city. Artist entrants are being allocated parts of the city to paint and present for selection in an exhibition to be held in the old court buildings; the … Continue reading

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