Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Pastel Society Annual Exhibition

I am delighted to say that I have had a landscape of Walberswick accepted for the Pastel Society Exhibition.

It is a monochromatic charcoal and conte drawing done on MDF primed with acrylic gesso

The exhibition will be held at the Mall Galleries in London and runs from Wednesday, the 20th April till Sunday, 1st May.

Monday, April 4, 2011

A charcoal and conte drawing of Paul

I continue to work on a series of drawings and paintings of people who are either homeless or have experienced homelessness.

Below are a series of images showing the development of a drawing of Paul.

This drawing, along with one of "Michael" in the same series, is now on display at the Cambridge Drawing Society's Annual Exhibition in the Guildhall, Cambridge.

Life Drawing at West Norfolk Arts Centre.

Last weekend , I taught a life drawing course at West Norfolk Arts Centre. It was my first visit there and I am pleased to say it was a great success.
Situated in the heart of Castle Rising, a delightful conservation village bordering the Sandringham estate, the centre is in an ideal spot for painting landscapes. Close by are nature reserves and the North Norfolk coast, as well as a multitude of architectural gems.

During the two day course, however, we understandably stayed indoors. Subjects I covered were anatomy, proportion, tone, and perspective as well as explaining and demonstrating various techniques and the different materials that can be used.

It was a very full day, starting with rapid sketches and moving on to numerous exercises to challenge the students' normal way of working. Finally, on to longer and more detailed studies.

Richard and Ros Cartwright ,our hosts, made everyone welcome and provided a superb lunch and endless refreshments. It was a most enjoyable experience for all and one which will hopefully be repeated in the future.

I will also be teaching the following courses there later in the year. "The Art of painting in Gouache" 23rd/24th July and "Portrait Painting Made Easy" 28th-30th October.

For details of these and all other courses, telephone Richard or Ros on 01553 631 689