Friday, 25 December 2009

Drawing Attention

My model Rachel is a very striking and beautiful woman, who draws attention wherever she goes.

One challenge when drawing her therefore is to capture this sensuality, in pencil and pastel.

Drawing can be such an abstract process, and there is a great deal to think about - such as the position, proportion and structure of a figure. It is important that, in dealing with all of this, one doesn't forget about the lyricism of the line - and how this can evoke the beauty of the subject.

[Happy Christmas to all my readers. Thanks for visiting and taking the time to read, view and comment.]

Monday, 21 December 2009


Here is a photograph of the painting of the river Stour which I finished yesterday, leaning against the wall outside my studio.

The top photograph shows it alongside some others which are currently in my studio. Shortly after I took the photograph early this afternoon, three of the paintings shown were collected by the Cadogan Contemporary Gallery, for their Christmas Exhibition.

I'll post details here as soon as I have them.

Sunday, 20 December 2009


I was back on the banks of the river Stour, near Bryanston again today - as I have been nearly every day this week.

Although we haven't had the deep snow seen in other parts of the country it has been bitterly cold, with light snow showers and freezing drizzle.

The canvas I've been working on is relatively large, and it takes time to simply cover in paint - let alone to make continual decisions about the direction and development of the painting.

I finished the painting today, and I'll post a picture of it once I've had a chance to photograph it. As usual I'm working right up until dark, so I didn't have a chance to do that when I ended the session.

Monday, 14 December 2009


Today I returned to my favourite spot by the river Stour.

It is also my favourite time of year for painting landscapes and riverscapes.

This is because I am fascinated by the bareness of the trees, and the stark patterns they make against the cool, light sky.

I started work on this canvas this morning, and worked on it until dusk fell, as the final photograph shows.

If the weather is consistent I will have the painting, which is quite large, finished by the end of the week.

Sunday, 6 December 2009


One of the effects of chemotherapy is short-term memory loss.

Whether this was the reason for my lapse today or not, I don't know.

What happened was, as I opened a tin of paint with which to decorate the kitchen, I heard a knock at the door.

It was my friend and model Cheryl. We'd arranged a drawing session for today, and it had completely slipped my mind.

To have her arrive therefore had the feeling of an unexpected gift - and it was certainly much more pleasant than painting the kitchen!

Indeed it was a very productive session, with which we were both pleased. I'm really grateful to Cheryl for giving up her Sunday - and for working so hard in some challenging poses.

The five drawings - four in pastel and one pencil - are here on my website.