Monday, October 17, 2016

Painting and Technology

Here are two paintings influenced by technology, but instead of using it as a medium, I've reversed the norm and used technology as subject matter.

 Website, 2010, oil on MDF, 23 x 28 x 32.5 cm (hxwxd)

Ipad, 2016, oil on MDF, 4.5 x 24.75 x 37.25 cm (hxwxd)

Sunday, October 16, 2016

From the Life Class

I've been to many life classes over the years and it's a good way to practice drawing the figure. Here are two more selections in different mediums. The top drawing was done in four twenty minute poses, and from memory, the other one was done in two twenty minute poses. One of the problems with many life classes is that a twenty minute pose is considered enough, but much longer poses are essential to construct a figure with more structure. One often hears it said that a quick pose captures the essence of the model, but essence is really the life force, and drawings that are done from long or short poses have the same amount of essence within, if they're alive.

White conte and pastel on black paper, 75 x 54.75 cm

Oil wash on oil sketch paper, 53 x 42 cm

Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize

I've just received confirmation that my self portrait has been selected as a finalist for the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize. The final selection was narrowed down to 30 portraits, chosen from over 700 entries. It's the third time I've been a finalist in the DMNPP, and a list of all the finalists can be seen on the Moran website -  

Selected works will feature on the Moran Prizes Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages - 

Self Portrait in a Blue Sweater, 2015, oil on linen, 46 x 36 cm

Monday, October 3, 2016

Life Drawing

Over the years I've attended many life drawing classes. Here are a few of these drawings. The oil wash medium was inspired by Degas and his use of oil paint as a wash in the many studies he did of dancers. 

These poses were generally 4 sessions of 20 minutes each, which are relatively short poses. 

 Oil wash on oil sketch paper

Dry pastel on paper