Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Let's see where this goes.....

This is a 'sketch' done in oil thoroughly diluted with Zest-it Clear Painting Medium [only harmful if you try to drink it!]. I had applied dilute red and orange to the ground many weeks ago but didn't have any ideas for it at the time so put it to one side.

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Is Anyone Out There?

A rather cold version of one of the views at Marston done in oils, using a small painting knife plus a secondary and tertiary palate of colours.
4"x4" on Pebeo canvas panel.

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Gifts and Fruit

I mentioned that we'd been asked to illustrate 'gifts of the Spirit' to go with the 'fruits of the Spirit'. These are my contributions: the left is a 7"x5" acrylic painting before I cut it away, framed and wrapped it (I like the paint splodges!). The tidied up image was given as a 'gift' to an unsuspecting couple in the congregation (five other similar-sized paintings were given to other audience members to illustrate the fact that a true gift is not earned but given out of love, friendship, goodwill, etc., just because...
The gold box is a much larger painting after I cut it out; I propped it up against a meeting room window in order to photograph it before it was put on the backdrop with the other large ones. The 'gifts of the Spirit' are wisdom, mercy, leadership, serving, healing, hospitality, faith, prophecy and miracles (1 Cor. 12).
A heartwarmer: Only the six artists and the speaker knew the artists would be giving gifts during the service and we agreed to choose someone we either hadn't seen before or didn't know much about. Later, one of the recipients came and told us it was his birthday that day and he hadn't received any other gifts!
Back to the current challenge now...

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

June week 4: The monthly exercise

This week there is no weekly challenge - instead it is time to work on the monthly exercise: "Illustrate a scene from a favourite book".

Friday, 17 June 2011

Rest Time

This is from 'briankosena's photostream' on flickr. He explains that although the children had been brought in for a rest, this little girl didn't seem to need one.

She is resting her head against her arm and the grid pattern is her uniform, which isn't quite accurate.

Her ears aren't quite right and her nose and mouth are slightly too far to the left but I'd already spent 40 minutes on it. (Great exercise, Gry: thanks.)

Derwent 'Onyx Medium' and 'Onyx Dark' on Goldline cartridge paper; 4x4".

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

June week 3: Aging

Find a picture of a young(ish) person and make a quick portrait sketch. Try to use to add age to the drawing, using what you have learnt from the last two exercises.

Friday, 10 June 2011

Maccydees Lady

Not wanting to waste any more time, I also went to Flickr and found this lady. (There was an interesting story attached.) Her face was actually wider, her head at more of an angle and her expression more 'knowing' but I've run out of time.

This lady does not have that many lines so doing the drawing made me focus on the identifiers that make a person look 'old': grey hair, lines, loose skin, large ears, liver spots, a bent frame and, oftentimes, a wise expression. (Gry mentioned some others in her post.)

(Medium Derwent Onyx on A6 copy paper.)