There is definitely a visual difference between the paintings I have done from sketches, and the paintings done from photographs. Paintings from photographs I think look far more confident in brushwork, colour palette and paint application. But I think the paintings done from sketches are also a lot more mysterious somehow. They seem more ephemeral, […]Read more "Comparing photo reference paintings with sketch reference paintings"
I took what I had learnt from the test painting to complete this painting. What Works Two shades of white – blue tone and ochre tone Adds subtle dimension and light to the piece. I applied white without any Liquin so it was a much thick application than my tester or previous paintings. I did this […]Read more "Finished duvet painting"
I decided to do a small test piece before doing a larger painting of a person lying under the duvet. I wanted to see how I could translate this pattern onto the painting, and doing this test allows me to make improvements before working on a big scale. So I used very similar technique to […]Read more "Test painting for larger piece"
I am pretty happy with the outcome of this painting! I have learnt so much from the process and it shows real potential. I applied what I learnt from the shadow test paintings towards the end of the painting, which really helped complete the piece. What works The duvetI chose to add pattern to the […]Read more "Finishing another experiment"
This painting took me weeks to finish. This is due to the lack of reference images (- no photographs and quite vague sketches) so I had to make choices based on instinct and habit and intention, instead of following what was there in real life. I took lots of time between painting sessions to give […]Read more "Experiment finally finished"
For the first experiment, I used a process that I thought made sense for the scene:Underpainting with darker lines for edges of walls etc in thinned oil paint. Then apply colour to everything and shadows. Then add shadow colour (cadmium red + french ultramarine + burnt umber), thinned slightly with Liquin and buffed in with […]Read more "Painting shadows in rooms"
I want to explore the importance of the duvet in paintings. And look at how I can use paint to emphasise the importance of what the duvet hides from the viewer. When painting from sketches I sometimes struggled with capturing the fall and creases of a duvet. And that was due to a lack of […]Read more "Taking Reference Photos"
I did these two wax sculptures as part of a sculpture workshop. I worked from a sketch for each sculpture. I’m not happy with the results, I think you can hardly tell what they are, especially since the wax is so light. However it is still worth recording, and could prompt some more three dimensional […]Read more "Carving Wax Sculpture Workshop"
This project is conceptually moving at a slower pace than projects I’ve worked through in the past. It feels as if I am am finding my way in the dark more so than previous work processes.By this I mean each painting is not straight forward but a journey itself. Before this project a painting would […]Read more "Project thoughts"
Looking at books of reading and images of his work in the library. There is an attentiveness to Freud’s work that I want to read about. He seems to study his subject with such even focus that the finished paintings are gripping edge to edge. He deals with every part of the canvas with the […]Read more "Artist: Lucian Freud"