Thursday, 2 December 2010

Drawings from Life

I didn't get to Hertford on Saturday, but I was routling around in the shed and found an old sketchbook. I thought you might like to take a peek.
These were done with Hertford Art Society, some Saturday life drawing, and some Tuesday evening meetings, long, long ago. The clothed models are art society members and we all took turns to sit, if I remember correctly, because the model failed to show. A valuable meeting!
See you at the end of  January.

Monday, 1 November 2010

Hertford Art Society 30.10.2010

As usual we began with quick poses, 2 minutes each, where the girls walked around the room and stopped in a pose.

After that they sat for half an hour.

This was an hour before lunch.

After lunch, the pose was set for the afternoon.
I really have to question my opting for concentrating on the head, which I can do anywhere, anytime, when I had two beautiful, unclothed, young ladies, sitting and working hard all day! Shame on me. 
On the plus side, they, Sarah and Penny, very generously allowed me to take photographs, for reference at home.

Sunday, 26 September 2010

HAS 25.9.2010

We started with quick poses, 20 minutes this time, and it took until the last one for me to get the hang of it.
I had to abandon both the oil portraits as I found I was chasing the light, and continually changing the painting. It is a big problem with the venue, with windows on three sides. I deal with it by taking photos at the start of the pose to continue at home..............maybe.

Monday, 2 August 2010

July 2010

Made it to Hertford, obviously, on Saturday! When I got home and saw how little I had done I was surprised. The model did arrive a little later than usual, though, but all I can say is that I had a very enjoyable day, probably mostly chatting! 
We had the usual quick poses and because the third one with the towel was so nice, Faye agreed to hold it a while longer. Very Degas/Lautrec, very nice, I might develop that one.
No meeting in August because of the holidays, but I really hope to get there in September because we are promised a new wonderful model. Not that Faye isn't wonderful, but someone different is always inspiring.

Monday, 28 June 2010

HAS 26.06.10

We all agreed that Penny was wearing such a pretty dress that it would be good to draw her wearing it.
The first three poses were for ten minutes each, then a half hour pose and finally for the rest of the day. I can see that I have made Pennys' head too large in the painting, but as she very generously allows me to take photos, I shall be able to finish the painting at home.
As usual I spent far too much time chatting and nipping out for fag breaks, but I had a glorious day. This life drawing is invaluable to me, precious, so I am very glad whenever I am able to get there.

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Ellis 10" x 12" Oil

I am on cloud nine AND seventh heaven! Today I got to paint a living, breathing, beautiful young lady. Thank you, Ellis, I appreciate it so much, it is a special treat.

Monday, 29 March 2010

Early Work

That Letter! 24" x 24" Acrylic on Canvas Board

Thelma 16" x 20" Acrylic on Canvas Board

Sovra 10" x 12" Acrylic on Canvas Board

Thelma 18" x 24" Pastel on Paper

I didn't get to Hertford on Saturday. I know.....very disappointing. There was a big fire in a warehouse close to the station, which prevented any trains going through Cambridge. I could have got there via Stansted Airport or Peterborough, or by bus to Royston, but would probably have arrived in time to turn round and go home again! And that supposing the fire was out and Cambridge Station reopened. It is one thing to be unable to travel to a nice day out, quite devastating to be unable to get home!
Here are some paintings, done from photos taken at previous HAS life drawing sessions.
There is no session next month, because of the annual exhibition, so fingers crossed for May!

Sunday, 28 February 2010

HAS Feb 2010 Life Drawing

Nice pose, pity she is all out of proportion! I shall likely work on this, or a new one.

I like this one.

This is about the third time I have been presented with this view, and my interpretation gets worse with practice!

Don't know why I decapitated her, but I like this.

A bit clumsy with the charcoal here.

I like this, drawn with Ken Paines' teaching in mind.

My favourite drawing of the day, her rosebud lips have an irrisistible appeal.
Fabulous day, although I'm not sure I accomplished a great deal. The main drawback was because I took acrylics. I have been working in oils for the past year, which are completely different, and found I had lost the know how with acrylics for figurative work.
Nevertheless, I enjoyed the day, with fantastic models, and wonderful friends to chit chat with.