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Figure Painting No 8

For many years I've practised the regular discipline of life drawing to sharpen my skills at drawing from observation. 

Using a limited palette of Lead White, Yellow Ochre, Light Red and Lamp Black on a tinted board I use Sight Size to ensure an accurate rendering of form, tone and colour. 

Drawing with the brush rather than outlining in pencil creates brush marks that are fresh and expressive. 

This is particularly evident on areas like the models right thigh and arm.


Head of a Capri Girl

An oil painting study of John Singer Sargent's "Head of a Capri Girl" on board. John Singer Sargent is one of my favourite artists. I regularly make observational studies of his portraits, usually quick charcoal pencil drawings in my Moleskine sketchbooks. 

Sometimes though, I will take time to make a more considered study in oils.

To watch a short video by Alan on the detail of this painting click Here.

Also available as a print, either on canvas or paper. Telephone 01661 871 800 for details.

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Susan on Gold Leaf

Not for Sale