BP Portrait Awards 2019

A bit of a regular thing for me,  taking a day out to go to London and see the BP portrait Awards and the Summer Exhibition at the RA. I will post some  stuff from that a bit later.

Lots of super hyper realistic paintings in this years Exhibition, you have to admire the technical ability of the artists, but for me you can’t beat a few obvious  brush strokes in a portrait.

You cant go agreeing with the judges and this years winner did not get my vote. But what do I know.

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my vote went to…

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and my other likes

 

Great exhibition I always come away with great admiration for the artist and some inspiration to keep having a go at this art stuff.

 

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Teacups

 

 

My artclass had a rained off urban sketching lesson,  so we ended up back in the classroom with afternoon tea as a subject.

Not sue if this was going to be my thing but ended up enjoying making a painting even created a darker brio and ink wash drawing.

Rainy days not so bad.

 

Exhibition

 

The art group in my local village is having it’s summer exhibition, I am showing my Greenman tile and the drawing that was inspired by it, had some cards made to.

Not sure how I feel about selling my work, I seam to create a bit of a bond with it.

I guess someone has got to want to buy it first.

Faces

Still practicing my faces , trying different media and approaches in my sketchbook.

A daily face is a good project even if you don’t get to it everyday  you soon build a sketchbook of ideas.

Satisfying to leaf through it, and see your progress.

 

Colour pencils

Got some new colour pencils faber castell polycromos these are oil based and are wonderful for blending,  using two or three colours together gives some wonderful results.

Spent six two hour sessions  adding colour to my green man drawing very relaxing I can see why folks like these colouring books.

 

 

Clay and beyond

Had a go with clay at my art class, the idea was to make a tile to hang in the garden, we made the tiles and then glazed them.

I was not happy with the glazing so I ended up painting it with acrylics.

Thought I would create a design based on my tile, not coloured it yet but I have made copies to share round the class, looking forward to see what others make of it.

 

Soap

My art class tutor is always giving us different challenges. this one was to  carve a bar of soap, When you start you soon realise just how much goes into carving, what to  take away  where to start it not as easy as you might think.

Hope you  like my soapy green man.

Up the smoke

Had a day away from work and went up the smoke to Tate Briton and the Edward Burne-Jones  exhibition.

It is a very big exhibition set in 6 galleries covering his early art, drawings and his popular Pre-Raphaelite pictures, plus stain glass windows, tapestries and other decorated items, so lots to see.

 

 

 

Life

Had a nice life drawing session today. It was great to get messy with charcoal and chalk again.

Thanks to  Alice Ellis-Hayle for putting on the class.

 

 

Siamese

I like to try new things, here I am using a canvas sheet, it comes in a pad, there are plenty of different makers and sizes, the one I have used is from Loxley and is 18″ x 14 ” in size.

The surface is a little smoother than regular canvas but still nice to paint on., with drying time much the same.

Well worth a go if you fancy trying a new surface.

The picture is titled Siamese it s part of my circus project and a nod to a circus act known as the Siamese twins.