ISOLATED ARTIST BLOG

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

SELF PORTRAIT

05/07/2020

For this portrait I am not working from a photo but from life with a mirror. The challenge with this is holding and returning to the correct pose which I think will become even more difficult as I progress through the painting.

This painting was completed today it measures 60cm x 48cm and was painted entirely with marker pens and gel pens. The style resembles that of Gustav Klimt which makes sense as the subject is Klimt’s studio and garden. The intention was to create a jewel like painting by using a variety of gel pens such as glitter, glaze, metalic, neon...

This drawing should start to get easier as it progresses. The process of working front to back is awkward to begin with but after a while it’s just a case of filling in the spaces. Today I have worked on the bottom right corner which is practically finished and now I can turn my attention to the top right. Still...

WALL STAIN

29/06/2020

Today I have been working on a painting of a brick and stone wall. The original concept behind this painting has changed and changed again. It may remain as it currently is, a wall with a stain running down it or it may change again. In a way that’s not really what the painting is about for what I would...

During a clean out of the shed today we discovered an old painting of mine. I guess this painting was done about 9 years ago and must have been stored away ever since. I had completely forgot this painting existed so I was pleasantly surprised to see it again after all this time. It is a woodland scene of Roydon...

The weather today has been superb once again so I took a trip to the woods. Armed with a pencil, a few pens, watercolour paints and paper as well as a couple of water brush pens I found a nice spot to sketch. My aim was to try and capture the downward slope of a winding path. Just started getting...

The final touches have now been made and the drawing is finished. The objective here is to draw the viewers eye to the the faces of the married couple. Therefore it is only the top half of the couple that is in the light with everything else in shadow. I also decided to arrange the train of the dress in...

Today being Sunday has given me the excuse to have a break from work and do something else. So I watched a documentary on the effects of psychology on society throughout the 20th century. This is a BBC documentary of 4 episodes all together on youtube. Fascinating to see how Freudian psychology has been used to try and control the...

As I start to close in on the final stages of the drawing I also start working away from the photo reference. I can do this because the faces are established and it is really only the faces that need to look exactly as they do in the photo. Instead of painstakingly trying to copy every detail in the dress...

As well as shape and colour this painting has the added dimension of translucency: see if you can identify this (not so obvious on screen) in comparison to the poppy painting which is mostly flat and opaque.