Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Latest Paintings.

Not very active recently but did these at last weeks AVA session.  I'd made a pencil drawing of both some days previously.

Al Pacino - 16" x 12" Arches hoe pressed.

I was taken by the photo on the cover of the Guardian G2 supplement of the actor Al Pacino. He does look rather dishevelled  but as he said `he doesn't care any longer'. It isn't 100% accurate - I'd say about 80% - as I struggled to get the eyes right. The original is in black and white. I looked up other photos of him to check the eyes but that didn't help much. 

My usual colours, Cadmium Red Light, Burnt Umber or Burnt Sienna and Raw Sienna, Ultramarine Blue and Cerulean using various mixtures.

I started with the eyes, then the nose and mouth darkening the mixture of Cad Red and Raw Sienna with Ultramarine. I added the darker areas like the beard later.

Brushes were Nos 4 & 6 Isabey travel brushes, Rosemary No 6 travel brush and Escoda 8 and 10 similar

Heron - 16 " x 12" Centenaire.

I had done a loose drawing some time previously. The actual painting took about forty minutes and I'm not enamoured by it- too streaky I think - still `warts and all'. I did take more trouble  painting the head but the rest proved difficult.

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