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Blue Beret

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 … Continue reading

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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

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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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