Life Drawings in Charcoal
Amongst my recent life drawing explorations from the St Ives School of Painting was a session focusing on the Chiaroscuro technique. Chiaroscuro means light and shadow in Italian and is a classical technique that was used by Renaissance artists.
And so I had my first experience of drawing a model who was only lit by candlelight! What a privilege to have the chance to try this - and to learn from our tutor Tom Rickman. I'm loving the chance to try these differing ways of making art.
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Shop Front Paintings
(mixed media paintings in various sizes)
So here we are! The first 30 Day Creative Gathering of 2021 has ended. Here are my new Shop Front mixed media paintings created over the last thirty days. It actually feels strange not to be painting now as I've awarded myself a day off for the first time since January.
As with all of these intense periods of creating, I can feel my paintings gathering their own wills and dictating to me how detailed they'll be and how long they'll take (sounds strange I know, but trust me, they're all as stubborn as their artist). These lovely beings have taken their own sweet while to gestate. The actual painting production time has increased exponentially as the collages that lie beneath the paint gained in complexity. I expanded the surface size of most of these paintings too, something I've wanted to do for ages.
I'm hoping to continue the new Shop Front collection (at a more sedate pace) and exhibit them at the Steadings Gallery (Balmacara Square IV40 8DJ) in April if current coronavirus restrictions are lifted. I'll keep you posted on that one.
Find swathes of bright and beautiful plumage tumbling out of my windows, like children spilling into a school playground. This carefully coiffed street is debating how to respond to all this unruly ruffling, but decides it’ll reserve judgement for a while and the flowers continue their happy babbling.
Blushing blooms abound as the sunshine coaxes even the most bashful to show their faces. No shyness now as each each petal extends for that warm touch.
I can feel my stone roots sinking as I'm slowly enveloped in the growth of all this beauty as the seasons progress. Some plants rise and uplift their buds whereas others stretch languidly across my canopy. The true spirit of natural growth lives here.