Category Archives: Portraits

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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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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Artistic Influences

The greatest influence on my work has come from Charles Cecil whose school in Florence I attended. Charles would often talk about his teacher back in Boston (R.H. Ives Gammell) and how the sightsize method we were using did not … Continue reading

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Painting Lizzy

A year ago I drew a charcoal portrait of Lizzy; this time I was painting a full oil portrait. Generally, I find it helps to undertake a preliminary sketch or two before starting an oil portrait: it allows me to … Continue reading

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Portrait Sketches of Local Entrepreneurs

From 1 March to 2 April 2016, I will be holding an exhibition of charcoal portrait sketches of local entrepreneurs at the Trinity Arts Centre in Tunbridge Wells. The subjects are all from Tunbridge Wells and have in one way or another … Continue reading

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Artists using the sightsize technique

I paint using the sightsize method which means placing the image alongside the subject. When I stand back from the subject and image, I can compare both at a glance and paint more accurately and effectively. Here are some photos of old masters doing just that. Above is … Continue reading

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Bridget’s Portrait

Bridget works for a US investment bank in London. She came to the UK as a student from Nigeria almost ten years ago. This portrait of her took me about 13 hours. I had a limited palette of Ivory Black, Yellow Ochre, Vermillion, … Continue reading

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