Started my painting of John Lydon never really thought it wouldn’t end up being a painting. taking a couple of new approaches to this, first I am going to spoil the canvas before I start, the idea behind this is it takes the pressure of starting with a pristine canvas and allows you to relax before you start.
Second I am going to do the underpainting in acrylics and then move to oils, this has speeded up my process and is keeping things very fresh. Not sure how long to wait before starting with the oils have to look that one up.
Watched Lynn Barber interview John Lyden on Artsnight the other night, fascinating to see at 60, how motivated to make music and have his say about the world he still is.
I liked the idea that he now wears glasses and how this has changed his public image
Sketching some ideas and trying to understand his face this might lead to a painting.
I went to a lecture by a local artist this week, Sue Graham and she was talking about how we all progress and about how our styles develop and change. I am not sure I have a style yet but I feel more confident about my painting, I was inspired to pick up an old unfinished picture and rework it, making for another pleasing day pushing the paint around.
New year and I am juggling stuff not in a hurried or panic way , just what do I do next. My maharaja that got the big paint over is now a portrait that seams to have stalled, I have started a sort of Mona Lisa picture and started a new life drawing class, all a bit scary but enjoyable.
Dropped into a preview exhibition of portraits by Eleanor Johnson at a local gallery, some wonderful paintings made with such a carefree approach big wide brushes and running paint scratches and squeegee type strokes, I was well impressed and inspired.
not really having room for a 6 foot square canvas and a place to throw paint around I put my brushes down and pushed the paint around with my credit card.
definitely need to think about how to work with more freedom and mess.
Continuing to paint on canvas and on the suggestion of our tutor I looked up Caravaggio who she felt must have been a influence to Peter Howson, looking at his work I had to agree, so good old Google lead me to this striking self-portrait titled the “Desperate man”. a self portrait and some incredible lighting it seamed a good continuation of my theme.
so now its finished I find out its not a self portrait of Caravaggio but a self portrait of another artist Gustave Coubet who produced some equally remarkable paintings. still an enjoyable picture to paint.
I am still using acrylics but this time building up thin layers
Back at art-class for the second half of the term and we are painting on canvas, I have tried acrylic paper and canvas boards but actual canvas is yet another level. I am learning the surface you paint on is as important as the paint and the brushes you choose to use.
Open subject, so I selected a self-portrait and the style of Peter Howson one of my favourite artists.
You know how some times things don’t feel right, well that’s what happened with my painting Rose, out came the big brush and she was gone, to be replaced by a another portrait.
A few in progress pictures I am sure this will not be getting the big brush treatment.
Been pushing the paint around on this today.
I’ve been getting it in the neck for not painting anything nice , so I am starting something new, started with the face and working out a composition so like most of what I am doing its likely to change.