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Alice Grisaille


Oil paints are a daunting medium, no doubt about it! I’ve attempted a small grisaille painting of our eldest here. Unfortunately she wouldn’t sit still for too long so I’ve had to do it from a photo. I’m still working on getting colour mixes right so this monochrome technique suits me down to the ground

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A Christmas present

mediterranean church painting

This year is the first time I have been confident enough to paint a picture and give it to someone as a Christmas present. It took a couple of weeks using Acrylics and I’m ‘happy’ with the result – Merry Christmas Aunty Gill & Uncle Trevor!

mediterranean church painting
Mediterranean church painting
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Palm Bay School Art Auction

A call went out for donations of artwork for our daughter’s school in order that they could organise a public auction to raise funds for an arts project – please come along if you are able. I didn’t have anything I felt was suitable for the event so I decided to create something new. Due to the limited time, an oil painting was out of the question so I opted for acrylics. I took some photos along the way…

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Quick draw!

So after a couple weeks of no life-drawing, we were challenged this class to speed draw multiple positions. For example, the model would hold a pose for 45 seconds and then switch to another pose for 45 seconds (or there abouts!). She would repeat this 4 times which means that we were switching between 2 drawings for the duration.

We did this for 45 seconds then 30 seconds and then would you believe 15 seconds?!

Here’s the results, and a few other longer drawings..

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This is going to be messy!

arms length charcoal life drawing

This weeks exercise was to make a drawing of the model by using charcoal as usual but this time it was taped to the end of a foot-long stick and we were to draw at arms length. So I was drawing from at least a metre away from the easel.

This is going to be messy! Or so I thought..

Yes, it is harder to make the detail but from where I was standing, I found it was  easier to compare the model to what I was putting down on the paper. My eye was able to flick between the two rather than having to move my entire head. The charcoal was making great noises on the paper and you get some uncontrollable marks on the paper depending on if you were drawing up or taking it down. You have to try it!

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Progress in life drawing

weight on the back foot

So the life drawing classes I’m taking with Roy Eastland are going really well, I am learning so much! I thought I could draw well but Roy has shown me at least a few new ways to approach a drawing. I won’t give away too much – you’ll need to take a class yourself 😉

Here’s some of the latest efforts..

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Practice makes perfect

photo of drawing of my hand

I’m practicing some of the life drawing techniques Roy Eastland is teaching us in his life drawing classes. Without the use of a model (Ann refuses to stand in a state of undress in the middle of the room as it’s turning colder) I am forced to find other subjects on which to refine my skills. Here is a ten minute charcoal on paper drawing of my hand.

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Margate Caves Postcard Auction – after the event

anns collage

So the Harbour Arm Auction in aid of the Margate Caves has been and gone. All of the lots were sold, making it a white glove sale, wahoo! They raised around £7000, a fantastic amount to help with the reopening of the Caves. Now it might be ok to reveal which postcards Ann and I created…

You can see the entirety of the catalog in an online version.

And you can find out more about the caves on their website.

So… what’s next? Ideas on a postcard please…

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So excited that Tracey Emin will be at Turner Contemporary

Unmade bed photo

I know her art work, especially ‘My Bed’ remains controversial, and will still cause a lot of rolling eyes, tutting and shaking heads when it comes to the Turner Contemporary next month, but I can’t wait. I can see me having a lot of conversations with friends and family about is this art? Well, whatever it is, I like it. I think I understand Emin. Welcome home to Margate Tracey…. #musttidymyroom.