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.
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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I do enjoy sketching statues. They seem to come alive when drawn.
This small watercolour study of the statue of St Aidan was painted on location on Holy Island off the coast of Northumberland in 2013.
It's painted on hand made Indian rag. I've float mounted this original watercolour to show the deckled edge of the paper which gives a lovely 3D effect to the study.
Paintings of Venice are always popular with folk who have been fortunate enough to visit the city of romance.
I recall one of my painting trips when the weather was quite mixed and began to paint the scene before me in the rain. I could just make out the distinctive shapes of the people and buildings as I worked “wet on wet” on rough watercolour paper.
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