Back in 2009 I started to follow Benoit Paille on flickr I was inspired by his portrait photography , although it seems miles away from his current work the pictures stuck in my head.
I have used his photograph “girl in a subway” for referance in my latest attempted at a painting, this is water based oils on canvas board and I have included some of my process pictures, to see how my process changes as I progress with my painting.
I have been working on and off my senses project painting over the summer, started with a few sketches my first attempt didn’t really work, inspired by my visit to Upfest and all the wonderful urban paintings I had another go, this seams to happen a lot with my pictures, anyways its about done now.
Spent some time working out how to paint some of the elements, its been a good learning picture.
Up to now I have never made time to sketch while on holiday , this year I set out to change that making a little time to stop and sketch.
After you get over the strangeness of getting your sketchbook out in public, making time to sketch and not to just grab photographs, makes you more aware of the place even if it’s not always captured in the sketches.
Got to get into the habit of doing this more as it’s more personal record of the places you visit, I am sure they will help me remember if I want to make paintings later.
I have been trying my hand at painting for about 3 years now, so I thought it might be interesting to go back to the beginning and attempt another version of an earlier painting.
I have always liked this portrait by photographer Ronald Vogal who kindly gave me permission to use his photograph as reference.
I have use oil paints on canvas as apposed to Acrylics on paper but still I am pleased with the marked improvement in my technique.
I am certainly looking forward to trying this benchmark again in another 3 years.
I have been working on my art class summer project Senses.
I had the idea of creating 5 tarot like cards one for each sense, trying to add a little twist to each illustration Sight being blindfolded in the dark and Smell being roses and something rotting in a bag, I guess you get the idea.
The sixth sense is just suggested by a downturned card and the tarot.
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Just finished a short term at art class, closing for the summer.
This term we looked at the senses and the parts of the body we use for them ears, noses, eyes, lips and hands looking at the anatomy and how they fit into the face really good stuff, if like me you like faces.
we made some 3D heads from dough, morphed animals into faces and faces into animals, sketched each others bits and looked at cartoons and how the artist simplify the features to capture expression.
I have planned two final pieces to complete over the summer, one painting which I have posted my sketch here and a set of 5 tarot cards covering each of the five senses and hinting at the sixth.
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At my local Art group we had a lecture and demonstration on sculpture using papiermachie by a local artist Annie Wootton , it was one of those lectures where you go away thinking, I’ll have a go at that!
Easy materials and a little mess made it very appealing, I had an idea for a super hero character using comic books, so I started out to make the figure, using aluminium foil and covering it in masking tape, there it stopped no comic books so it went in a box waiting for the day I picked some up.
Easter break from my art class and we are encouraged to try something new, out comes my super hero but with no comics, I set about making some modifications, and ended up with Birdman.
I might still find those comics and have a go at my super hero idea.
We have come to the end of our art class pathways project, its been another interesting term first looking at perspective line and colour, then looking at maps and aerial views finished up exploring something alternative.
Working with the idea that the body is full of pathways, I found some vintage anatomy illustrations and used these as the starting point for my painting,
Had a go using acrylic inks on paper in a very loose style, with big brushes and many layers, I am pleased with the results and it should create some reactions on the little gallery wall : )
As part of our artclass pathways project we have been looking a maps and as a warm up exercise we took a square of map and extended it. Hoping to improve on my first attempt I had another go. started by leaving out the map square but in the end decided to include it.
I try to think of a different approach to my paintings and this idea came when I was photographing my pictures, I noticed the great distortion you get from selecting a strange view point. The idea was to start with the distortion and perhaps return to reality when viewing the picture.
It didn’t really work, l need to think this one out again.
like all my paintings it went through a few different looks, I am pleased with the final slightly graphic feel.