Sketchbook – Life drawing Candid arts (June 20th 2019)

Life Drawing and Painting

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

Sketchurchbook – Tree in central Sofia

Landscapes and scenes, Landscapes and scenes

After a day walking around Sofia scoping out the art supply shops I have come to terms that there is no Sennelier oil pastels out there.  So I sat on a bench to finally tackle a church that I have wanted to draw for about a year and consequently run out of white. I know it looks like I’m over indulging with the creative licence but the camera was totally failing to capture the luminosity of the light on the trees .When I left I realised that I  had left a big smudge of Naples yellow (my fav) on the bench. It was a relief that the woman sitting next to me offered up a tissue without prompt. That was nice.

Sketchbook – Balcony view, Rila – Oil Pastel

Landscapes and scenes, Pleinair

When on a weekend trip to Rila I had to squeeze in the opportunity to draw the view from the hotels terrace. Thought it might be a simple undertaking to start with but the constant shift of light and the need to convey distance was a trouble. Overall a good session. I feel like my oil pastels are less drawing or painting and more finger-painting.

Islington canal 2019 – Lost

Landscapes and scenes

It was changeable weather at my favorite canal spot. I loved it more with the sun shining through. There were lots of pleasant passers by as well. I took this back to work on aswell and it was starting to look good. Unfortunately it was one of the paintings lost when I transferred my easel and other pieces over to Bulgaria. I’ll obviously start on this again but I can only hope that it turns up one day at Luton airport.

The Village (Walthamstow) – lost

Landscapes and scenes

Picked a house in Walthamstow to paint. I saw this spot first and it was lit wonderfully BUT the weather had other plans for me. Rained on twice and the shadows I wanted which were present at 4, quickly ran away from me. At least I have the base light. Now I have the original moments captured and it’s time to work on it from the protection of the studio/kitchen. This was unfortunately one of the paintings lost in my luggage on the transfer over to Sofia I will start again though.

London Colney bridge – Ben Saunders

Landscapes and scenes

Tackling a childhood spot. The greens during this sitting were otherworldly.

City from Walthamstow

Landscapes and scenes, Pleinair
‘City from Walthamstow’ – Ben Saunders (Acrylic on board – 40 x 40 cm)

Painting a distant horizon from St James Park, Walthamstow. I couldn’t for the life of me figure out what that pointy building was. I settled on the Shard obviously BUT was still curious . Whilst taking the overground into Liverpool Street the next day it turns out it’s The Guerkin, The Walkie Talkie and The Shard blended together in silhouette. Will have to settle on finishing this. One day.

Sketchbook – Islington canal with houses – oil pastel

Landscapes and scenes
“Canal side left” – Ben Saunders (Oil Pastel on paper – 30 x 40 cm)

I’d been eyeing up this location for quite sometime. It’s complexity scares the crap out of me but after seeing contemporary artist Melissa Scott-Miller painting it so well I’ve been working my way up to the challenge. Unfortunately this is one of the sketches I lost in the luggage whilst moving to Sofia. As with all drawing the experience itself is etched on my being so the loss isn’t the end. I will have to tackle again.

Sketchbook – Plovdiv blossom (18/03/2019)

Landscapes and scenes

I took the opportunity to draw this blossom in Plovdiv – Sofia. That’s definitely not how I feel I would say complete to it but 20 mins out isn’t enough. I feel like I was capturing it.

Hoop in the dusk – Candid Art lifedrawing (04/04/2019)

Life Drawing and Painting, Uncategorized

Standing in the dusk – The longer pose painting from Candidarts Arts lifedrawing last night. Most of all I wanted to capture the blue of the dusk in the windows behind him so I started there. The yellow hoop was clearly a blessing, given my chosen canvas shape. I’m overhaul happy with this blessing of a composition. Perfect time to end the circle series, for now. There doesn’t seem to be any circle canvas boards left in the shops anyway