Marilyn is a remarkable model who can hold the most outrageous poses with precision and quiet. She has long toned legs the body of a former ballet dancer. Today we began with a 15 minute pose followed by a series of 3 or so minute poses. I worked in colour to begin with and have not included those here. The four below are a sample of what Marilyn got up to and the one above was a twenty minute pose.
Monday, April 30, 2018
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
|oil on panel, 15 x 20cm|
|oil on panel, 15 x 20cm|
|oil on canvas, 22 x 30cm|
|pastel on paper, 10 x 6 cm|
Monday, April 16, 2018
Yesterday afternoon and today was about a second, third, forth … pass of colour. It was about deleting confusing detail and deciding where to paint thinly, where to glaze and where to show strokes. It was about choosing a way to bring things forward and send things back.
If you know me you'll know I say that I hate making decisions. Huh! Many more decisions necessary.
Thursday, April 12, 2018
I painted for a few hours on these four canvases that in total make a 60 x 60 cm painting. It took me about an hour to arrange the set up, with four canvases in mind, and yet it is a very similar arrangement to the series of pieces across media that I began at the start of the week. Mostly I have shifted the colour. Last night was the opening of the SOS show at the Apex. It was a fine event and I was impressed with the scope of the work. Seeing the variety along with the recent rejection seems to have freed me - long may it continue as I march towards resolution.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
|Flowers on a Grey Day, pastel on paper, 28 x 28 cm|
Once I'd heard I hadn't had either of the pieces I'd carried down to London on Saturday accepted, instead of allowing myself to wallow, I grew determined. I knew that I would feel awful for a little while but that that would ebb and the best way around it was to draw through.
And here is that other painting, finished.
Sunday, April 8, 2018
I continue to read the book I mentioned in the previous post, learning some things I guess I really ought to know… I have been looking at art in galleries, books and museums checking to see if those RULES are hard and fast and the answer is a resounding 'NO'. I went to the Monet at the National on Friday and lo and behold Monet places his subject slap bang in the middle sometimes. His skies might be darker than the ground in some paintings too. Thinking about those things is never a bad thing, though.
Today I wanted to test out one of my nine new canvas covered rabbit skin glue/gesso panels and decided to try to see if I could use the colour yellow in my composition (lots of daffodils at the moment). In general I find yellow and red difficult colours to use together so not quite sure why I did that except the things were nearby and once I'd arranged them they seemed to work. I used the basic palette I was taught to use at Stanford and did not use any black. I loved working on the panel and Louise Balaam's advice to put a final coat of rabbit skin glue over the gesso was brilliant! I will come back to this tomorrow and consider that blue glass vase on the right.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
|Spring Weather NF, pastel on paper, 10 x 16 cm|
It was windy today and the weather was threatening rain but I lugged my easel out in the field and began by making a few thumbnail sketches. I had the sun to my left and the wind was blowing the clouds northwest. I thought about four values: the sky, the ground, the slopes and the verticals (from my reading) and that made sense! In terms of composition, it isn't the most enlightened subject matter but because it's close by I can visit the spot regularly, something John suggests I will need to do.
What John thinks I should do next and forever more is to use my sketches/drawings to paint from. He tells me that as I paint I will discover what information I haven't collected and then will need to go back and get it in order to paint something meaningful. When I painted the Thames that's what I did and I discovered I do remember things and I suspect that muscle just needs conditioning in order to use it properly. We'll see.