Painting a much calmer scene than there actually was at the Pont du Diable in Languedoc, France. Whilst the family settled down to swim and sunbathe I used paper for this because I thought we could move at anytime and I knew it was going to be rushed. After all it turned out I was going to have more time but the sense of urgency really aided the process. I must try more rapid paintings.
You’ll have to take my word for it but blimey it was bright. Dazzled by the brightness of the light and the almost complete removal of colour here I sat to tackle it in oil pastel. I have a problem I wish to address when it comes to bright light and colour. Although the bushes here are clearly green too often, I find myself over using colour. In this sketch I battled through the heat and light to represent what I saw I probably went too far the other way. It’s a useful study, despite the final piece being somewhat uninteresting in composition.
I was blessed to have this view right outside the house I was staying in for a holiday en France in July this year. Whilst working on the en pleinair I wanted the viewer to observe some of the intensity of the sun behind me as it strikes the wall of the outside eating area. I laboured hard on that middle wall to get the subtle shadows and temperate change. I tackled a lot in this image throughout the week. Light, where nature meets human construct is a wonderful thing.
Settled down, post walk, to do a quick sketch of this concrete tent/bbq on Vitosha. Definitely got a study out of it I reckon
Looking into the distance, at a small group of houses on Vitosha I had a small window of 19:50 and 20:20 to get some work in before the sky went orange and the trees lost colour. Will have to return to this later 😉
Oil pastel sketch in Plovdiv whist the girlfriend gets her nails done. I was eaten alive by mosquitoes during this sitting. Worth it though.
A quick oil pastel from the balcony on a Sunday afternoon. I’m lucky to have Vitosha as a subject at anytime
Atop Vitosha this one afternoon a few weeks ago. Rocks from a distance are a struggle of mine. I was burnt to a crisp during this sitting. It’s a great temp for Sennelier oil pastels though.
Got a couple of sittings in between tourism and wedding during a holiday in Italy a couple of months back. Our apartment in the city walls of Ostuni meant I only had to walk down the stairs and turn round to find a spot to draw. There’s so much to draw here it warrants another return
The last time I went life drawing feels like an age from now. Whilst back in London in June for a few days I popped into candid (Tuesday) to get in a spot of life drawing. It had been ages and I was without my paints this time so I just relaxed with charcoal. During the final pose I alternated between two angles and ended up dancing very differently on each one
1> I started with this front view. I initially spent 5 mins working very angular. I had no inspiration for flow (often a personal problem I have with very slim models) so I resorted to move to a foreshortened view on the other side of the room
2> From a foreshortened view I had more room for flow. Choosing to work on shadow and shape I found interesting areas in the right foot and the positioning of the knee. I also added the models comfortably cushions. Which are lost in the first view. I can this imagine is quite hard to ascertain if you are not told what it is
1> with some time left I moved back to the first position. With my mind already settled on the relief that I have completed something I like I decided to continue with this abrasive approach the view in front of me. Finally I began to understand that the composition required the umbrella, so I added it albeit in a very bold descriptive way