Thursday, June 28, 2012

Same subject, different media.

This is something I've been been meaning to do for a while, take one subject and paint/draw it in different media. The subject is a single Pale Maiden (that's the flower by the way, not an actual maiden). One version in graphite (as in my last post), one in inktense pencils and graphite and one in soft pastels.

'Twas interesting doing this, the pencil and inktense drawings were satisfying but I still find the constraint of pencil media frustrating to work with, power to the pastels!

Graphite on cartridge paper:

Inktense & graphite on cartridge paper:

Soft pastels on white pastelmat:

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Foray into the land of graphite

Graphite? that's what's in pencils isn't it? If you're familiar with my work you'll have noticed that there's not much of this particular form of carbon to be seen. In the past I've preferred to work with the rougher, looser medium of charcoal.
Last weekend I took home a sketchpad and whatever graphite pencils I could find lurking in the studio with the hope of finally getting into working with this elusive medium. Oddly enough after perusing my reference archive I've ended up working in and entirely new subject for me as well, flowers.

These are Pale Maidens, the national flower of the Falkland Islands. Both on A4 cartridge paper.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Horses? Schmorses was bound to happen one day, I've had an inquiry about doing a portrait of a horse. This is a subject I've shied away from in the past (fnar fnar) but I've been meaning to have a go at. This, of course, has given me the kick I needed to try it.

So I dug out a reference courtesy of the Artist Reference Photos facebook page and had a crack at my first ever horse painting.

   Horse 1, soft pastels on 30 X 40 cm yellow pastelmat.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Mini exhibition

The 14th of June is the 30th anniversary of the liberation of the Falkland Islands. This is always an important day here and this year there's a lot being laid on in the run up to the day for all the people travelling to the islands to mark the anniversary.

In Fox Bay there's a display on in our social club of what's happening out here in the camp and the organiser suggested that I might like to exhibit some of my paintings. Of course I jumped at the chance so here it is, my mini-exhibition. Twelve paintings, two days (12th and 13th of June).