Thursday, November 24, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Our portrait session started at 1pm and ended with a Show 'n Tell at 4pm. I'm glad for the chance to have done three sketches in this time.
Saturday, November 19, 2011
First a small thumbnail sketch done in pencil on scrap paper (why waste) to work out the composition.
Something bothered me though. After breaking it down to the essential shapes I realised that I had to lose the boathouse because the composition was getting too busy and I was in danger of getting two subjects in one, if you know what I mean.
So I left out the rowing club and painted Elk Lake with the reed shapes alone.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
I painted this on re-claimed wooden plywood.The cracks and fissures show, adding credibility to the rendering.
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Saturday, November 12, 2011
I feel that the occasional doodle on paper is priceless - it not only sharpens your skills but your pencil aswell! Sketches bordering on caricature that I made at a weekly gathering of portrait painters at Goward House.
Tuesday, November 08, 2011
If it's Tuesday it must be Goward House. Our sitter today is Jim, ex-army, jovial, and at ease. You know the rule, if you sit for the dozen or so portrait artists for three hours at Goward House you get to take home the portrait of your choice free of charge. I was pleased when he chose mine, I lost a canvas but I gained much experience from the session. I was the winner here.
My thanks to Captain Bill McKechnie for the photograph.