Friday, 25 December 2009

Still life

Following on from thoughts of Manet and his fruit...a little sketch of a pear and banana to show. Nothing special or profound but an interesting study to have a go at. I find these little observational pieces quite relaxing to do. I liked the shapes, particularly the negative spaces, using the tombow pens to wash in tone together with pencil work for quick hatching and some cleaner lines....

You looking at me?

A few self portrait exercises to stop the art brain getting flabby! To be honest, I'd rather sketch other people but I'm a very patient model :O)

  and a couple of quickfire lunchtime studies for good measure...

It's snow time!

Wow. The snow in the sun was amazing but the weather closed in fast. Just a small window of opportunity to get something down. Forgot to put a card in my camera so I'll have to rely on these oil sketches and memory for any new versions. Probably not a bad have a habit of leading me astray!

This is my favourite and the least, erm, polished. Just goes to show you don't need lots of detail to achieve an end result. Less is certainly more in this case. I had about 30 minutes to get it down having just painted a panel facing the other direction (see below). I wasn't sure whether to bother but I'm glad I did. The colours were amazing and seemed to change every time I looked! 

This one worked quite well (facing the other way before the sun started going down) and I enjoyed working on a linen canvas panel. The sheep made a nice point of interest and they're definitely less white than you'd think!

The composition on this one wasn't so strong but I think I can tweak the format and use the sketch to work up something more balanced (in terms of shape and colour/value distribution). It was REALLY cold when I did this one...2 pairs of gloves were needed towards the end! Thankfully I had a flask of milky coffee.