ISOLATED ARTIST BLOG

POSTS FROM AN ARTIST’S STUDIO IN DAYS OF ISOLATION AND CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN
 

This most recent of my paintings is probably the most direct painting I have painted. For a long time now I have been experimenting with glazes which is termed an indirect painting method. It’s called that because the glaze leyers are allowed to dry before working over them, it’s a stop-start-stop-start method. If however you want to complete a...

It isn’t easy pricing up artwork and even after many years working as an artist I still struggle. The amazing thing is, just when I thought I’d cracked it, along comes another level of difficulty.
There are so many factors to take into consideration such as size of painting, time taken to finish the work, quality of the...

PASTELS

10/08/2020

Recently I have invested a lot of time and money in extending my collection of pastels. To the full range of Unison I have now added the complete range of Schmincke and Sennelier soft pastels. Designs for new colour charts have been produced and a variety of ways to market the charts are under investigation. Much could be said about...

GOLDEN BUDDHA

22/07/2020

I have been experimenting with this painting by adding a golden glaze then working into that with direct paint. It isn’t finished yet but I will be taking a break from doing anything more until further inspiration comes. A title for this work came to me during the last session and that title is ‘Stoned’. Appropriate due to the original...

COSMIC HIPPY

20/07/2020

I have at times looked for words that describe me and my outlook on life. Cosmic Hippy goes at least some of the way in doing this and is a reasonably appropriate title for this latest painting. It began life based upon an image of a field of tulips in media res but to be honest I worked away from...

Now ready to abandon this painting and move on. What’s it all about you might ask and I would answer that it isn’t necessarily about anything. The questions that could be asked are, ‘who is the monster - Voldermort or London’ and is the face of Voldermort an appropriate image to express London? There has in recent weeks been a...

Since beginning this portrait I have had a considerable haircut and look quite different. However I will continue with the longer hair in the portrait, besides it may have grown back by the time I finish painting. Still struggling with the moving light coming through the window and ought to restrict this painting to night time sessions. I see...

FACE OF LONDON

14/07/2020

I have pushed this painting forwards and introduced a few unplanned changes. It isn’t quite finished but it is close to being finished with just a bit more text to be added. Inspiration came from a bottle of HP sauce which has a small drawing of the houses of parliament on the label. The connection with London is obvious but...

While watching a Harry Potter film the other day an idea for a painting popped into my head. The arch villain in the Harry Potter movies is a chap called Voldermort, the very devil himself with a face to match. Well his face reminded me of a Francis Bacon painting who was a bit of a devil himself. I don’t...

Building up flesh tones over the greens. Correcting proportions and gradually closing in on details. The challenge continues to be finding the original pose and also working a constant light. The light of day comes into my studio even though the blinds are always closed and this moves and changes in intensity throughout the day.