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Family portrait


We had our portrait taken at the Garden Gate Music Day by Brendan using his caravan camera. The result speaks for itself, at a whopping 40cm x 50cm (approx.) we love it and all they asked for was a donation to the Garden Gate Project.

For those of you who haven’t heard of this wonderful community garden project, please find out more about the Garden Gate Project on their website & Facebook.

I picked up the frame for £2 at the Palm Bay Bootfair this morning, cleaned it up and we think it works.

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Griffin Alkyd Fast Drying Oils

I went to an oil painting demo a couple of weeks back at Lovely’s gallery in Margate. The demo was Anthony Giles who paints wonderful seascapes and sunsets of a Turneresque type. He was using these fast drying oils which I’ve never tried before. I bought some, determined to try to speed up the drying time of painting in oils. They really work!

For certain types of painting, they are ideal but I wouldn’t be able to use them all the time, occasionally I like to continue mixing colours on the canvas for a very long time but these are dry by the next day almost.

Heres a rough copy of the painting Anthony did in the demo, it’s obviously not up to the same standard but it opens the door for me to explore this type of subject, for that I am thankful.

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Oil paint drying rack

We are running out of drying space for the oil paintings so there was a need to be creative with our space.

I have a few oil paintings on the go, each at various stages and each drying at different speeds, some thin some thick.

I looked up some solutions and decided that a vertical rack type thing would work best for is. Here it is at the top left of this photo, there is only 2 paintings on it at the moment just to see if it works. I’ll make some more holes, to hold about 15 or so paintings I guess.

Also in the photo is a couple of winter paintings of our daughtets. Hopefully they will turn into full colour portraits before too long…

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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..