Thursday, 27 January 2011

Charcoal and putty rubber #2

A second try at charcoal and putty rubber with a second model.  I had problems getting the charcoal background smooth, kept picking up the texture of the underlying board, and I did it very large which led to some proportion errors but you learn from your mistakes, and it's certainly expressive!

Thursday, 20 January 2011

New year better handle on acrylics

Following the demonstration by our wonderful (and patient) teacher I tackled acrylics again, this time working on a background painted in mahogany-red acrylic first with charcoal, then following the lines in dark brown and finally working on the picture with a range of browns, oranges and white for an actually pretty good likeness!  Really enjoyed this, feel I'm beginning to get a grip on how to paint.  John encouraged us not to refine too much and the result is expressionistic and lively