Wednesday, May 31, 2006

After a while away from posting to IF, here is one.

This is a piece that I did for a medical magazine, called The Medical Post, and it was for a feature story about the personal relationships of famous people. This story was all about the English writer Thomas Hardy.

The technique was gouache and pencil crayon on paper.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Here is today’s drawing effort…these drawings are from the John Waterhouse painting “Penelope and her suitors”.

Waterhouse was a master at painting women. They are so beautiful and elegant.

Also, something that you see in other figurative painters is how they will continue to use the same model. And if they do it for a number of years then you get to see these people grow up or get old.

Waterhouse defied the stereotype of the artist being the flaky, antisocial character living alone in his garret and cutting off parts of his body. He was in fact well-respected member of English society and was even happily married to just one woman.

I remember going to see the original “Penelope and her suitors” in Aberdeen, Scotland and being quite blown away by it. It is quite large and gorgeous. I am a fan of JWW.

Going to see a favourite original work of art is kind of like seeing your favourite band play live. When you can get your nose an inch or two away from the canvas and really study the work it is kind of like having a conversation with the artist about how they worked. When you can see the brushwork, or how they mixed colours together then you can really get a real appreciation of their skill as a artist.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Here I go again, on my Van Dyck kick. This is sketchbook drawing that I did from a triple portrait of Charles I.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Diggin' through the vaults for some older work of mine. Back when I used to consider myself a painter.