Author Archives: Louis

Portraits and models

  In E H Shepard‘s cartoon, three models stand in front of their portraits supposedly to brighten up the exhibition. Shepard pokes fun at them – the rather flushed businessman appears to have acquired a few extra pounds and lost … Continue reading

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Optical Illusion

The hybrid picture above is a well known optical illusion. It is both a picture of Albert Einstein and Marilyn Monroe depending on how far away the viewer stands from the picture. You can try it yourself: if you get … Continue reading

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Exhibition Wadhurst

I will be showing a number of my paintings at the September Art Exhibition in Wadhurst from 8th to 17th September. Private view on 7th September from 6pm.  

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Berlin Exhibition

I have a number of landscapes on show at the Friendly Society in Berlin to 17 September.

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Open Studios

  Every year in June, artists across south east England open their doors to the public. It is a great opportunity to meet, talk to and see them at work. From 9th to 25th of June as part of the … Continue reading

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Violin

A few weeks ago, a student of mine brought in her violin to paint as a still life. As the instrument was a splendid Degani, I joined her and painted it myself. I remember some artist telling me that in … Continue reading

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Unity of Effect

“Go for the tout ensemble!” At art school, my teacher, Charles Cecil was keen to drum into his students certain aspects of our training and this phrase was often repeated like a mantra. He would exhort us in our painting … Continue reading

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Copying

A few weeks ago, I went to an exhibition of French portrait drawings at the British Museum. Among them were a few drawings by François Clouet and Ingres whose works I admire for their accuracy and Ingres in particular for his … Continue reading

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Painting a Nude

A few weeks ago, I painted a nude. I do not paint or draw the figure much as pictures of nudes are difficult to sell and can be quite expensive to produce (you have to pay for a model and … Continue reading

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Self-portrait

Above is a recent self portrait. There are pros and cons to painting self-portraits: Pros: The model is always on time. He keeps still. He takes a break and comes back to work at your bidding. He wears the right … Continue reading

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