Monday, 20 July 2009

...wish it didn't happen, apprx 12" x 16", Acrylic, 2008

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This transformation was done with a clear purpose of demonstrating how great the new Winsor & Newton Artists Acrylics are. I did it while recording was going on so I didn't really have much time to think.

But I remember this was done with 3 colours- Cadmium Red, Ultramarine Blue, Lemon Yellow and Titanium White.

1. the method I used here was direct. As it was to finished in one sitting.

2. No colour references, just memory and a passion for faces.

3. I sketched the face from the sketch, which you can see is far more spirited in mood than anything my colours can produce!

4. Then with just the three colours at my disposal I mixed and mixed until I got what I wanted- Now this is no hit and miss game but calculated mixtures as I feel you can get all colours from just the primary three.

5. It started with mass colours. middle tones first then darks and then lights-Life is always easier when it has a structure!

6. The details were added succinctly

7. No water was used in this painting to mix and no medium just the wonderful lively acrylic paints!

8. I finished in about 25 minutes as it was a quick demo- you can see little parts of the video by clicking here

Monday, 13 July 2009

The Tale Bearer.....6" x 9", Mixed Media on White Cardboard, 2006

Now this transformation was done 3 years ago! I can't remember the process but all can remember was that she was an old woman and she played gossip, all the way from London Bridge to Abbey Wood. I seem to have lost the twinkle of desire in her eyes as she told the story in the colour transformation but it is more apparent in the sketch.

The materials used for the transformation were brown coloured pencils, white gouache(dry brush) for highlights and a bit of Biro for some lines. The order and manner at which I attacked the piece cannot be remembered. But please enjoy the transformation which was done this time in more of a monochrome feel without any colour references but just a pure passion for the human face!