Monday, 13 November 2017

My Latest Paintings

These are my latest efforts, mainly done at AVA sessions on Thursday mornings.



This was my first attempt at Charles Darwin. All 16" x 12" Waterford High White unless otherwise stated.



Young Indian girl, probably in captivity.




This exercise at the AVA was to use only shades of grey.




Old Indian - Staedtler Pigment liner ranging from 01 to 08. This particular set of 6 pens is apparently exclusive to Cass Art (who now have a shop in Bristol).The reason I tried this was I've been attracted to a variety of drawings, using various types of pens/pencils and  wanted to try this technique out . I was quite pleased with this result but another attempt at a female head was a failure. 



Indian Chief - Mixed feelings about this one. Some of the old illustrations I use as a guide are quite blurry and  with very hard edged black and white photos. Detail is lost in the shadows and they are difficult to interpret - at least by me.




Second Attempt at Charles Darwin using another guide photo. This was my original attempt at which point I was unsure what more to do. Yvonne, our AVA leader, suggested I needed to do a little more so I pondered it for a while then finished off as the final version shows. Khadi Hand Made paper supposedly A3 but it seems more like 15" x 11".




Charles Darwin - see comments above. This is more like what I am aiming at.




The actor Kit Harrington as Jon Snow in Game of Thrones.



A Chelsea Pensioner. This was done in response to the subject at a recent AVA session 'Remembrance'

The colours used on these subjects tend to be mostly grey mixtures using Ultramarine or Cerulean Blues with Burnt Umber or Transparent Brown (Schmincke).  Daniel Smith Indigo in  various dilutions for the hat. This is PB60 Indanthrene Blue with black. At full strength it is very dark.

I accept the above is a mixed bunch - just my work over the last few weeks. The only ones that I am  happy with are Charles Darwin and Kit Harrington. The pen and ink one isn't too bad. The others? Could be better. 

The next subject at the AVA is 'Autumn'. I've already started four different drawings and painted a little detail  on three of them. The reason I've painted the detail in is to see if the painting will work.  Of course it may not even now but two of the three look on the right path. Hopefully I'll post them in due course. You'd think after seventeen years I"d know exactly where I am or wanted to be. Still searching though for the magic formulae or at least still not reached a standard that is good enough consistently. Perhaps I never will as time is running out!

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Watercolour Paintings 36

Here are Novembers batch of watercolours. A very wide variety of styles and subjects.  Many are extraordinary examples of the watercolour artists range and I marvel at the brilliance of many of these artists. Quite a few are unknown to me.



Catherine Rey



Robert Wade



Alexander Miras




Dusan Djukar



Gerard Hendriks





Bev Jozwiak




Joseph Kote




Asian Artist - unable to translate name




Edo Hannema





N. B Gurung




Unknown  unable to translate name.




Aparah Townh




Hement Mokod




Ewa Ludwiczak





Wu Shang- Fen



Xi Gvo




Yuko Nagayama




Gajanan Shelke




Virgil Carter



Aud Rye




John Cooney




Gulshan Achari






N.B Gurung



Aunghtef Lwia




Thomas W Schaller



Chien Chung Wei




Roberto Zangarelli




Jonathan Kwegyir aggrey



Stephie Butler




Boonkwang Noncharoen



Michal Jasiewicz



I'm not confident I have all the names 100% right so please correct me if you can.





Sunday, 1 October 2017

Watercolour Paintings 35

Here is the latest batch to start October. Many of these artists are unknown to me. They just keep coming. They are a very mixed bunch with contrasting styles. I like some more than others but won't elaborate.




The brilliant Bev Jozwiak



Marion Bolognesi




ZeZe Lai


Milind Mulick
- This was attributed to Milind but is very different to his usual work. Wrongly attributed?


Vicky Nelson
I love this one so simple yet very striking.



Z An Asian Artist (Cannot translate name)



Venu KV Art




Jose Cuervo Vina



Michael Jasiewicz




Jose Luis Lopez



Javier Antonio Luque Rodriguez


Alvaro Castagnet (?)
The workshop king.






Gerard Hendriks
This is a favourite of mine from Gerard.




S. Porsford

Interesting but the colour perhaps overdone?


Slawa Prischedko

A marvellous artist.



Anna Sidorvina




Viktoria Prischedko

The other half of the super talented Prischedkos. Marvellous.


Many of the above artists are new to me and I know nothing about them. Just shows how much hidden talent in watercolour is out there.