Two Young Sitters

Recent portrait commissions of two young ladies

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Isla oil on linen 2016

Alejandra

Alejandra pencil on paper 2016

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Drawing & Music: Picturing Movement at the Royal Academy

This weekend course is an exciting opportunity to study the human figure, whilst being able to observe and analyse the shapes and relationships between musicians and their instruments.

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Study of Violinist, Wagner Rehearsal

Drawing and painting musicians in rehearsal is a subject that has continued to fascinate and inspire artists. Whilst the constantly moving figure is incredibly challenging to draw, particular movements, angles and the negative shapes created are often repeated.

Degas’ many drawings and paintings of ballet dancers are well known, but alongside these works there are also many views of theatre orchestral pits and rehearsal scenes. Royal Academicians Bernard Dunstan and Patrick Symons have produced many scenes of musicians in rehearsal. Bernard Dunstan RA captures the structure and atmosphere of interiors and the world of musical performance, while Patrick Symons RA spent years studying musicians, and his painting titled Mary Iliff’s Viola played by Electric Light and Drawn by Gas Light was painted over a period of fifteen years. Drawings by Tom Phillips RA that capture his son playing the violin as a boy, have a beautiful fluency and movement, yet they also have a tremendous sense of structure to them.

Many artists themselves are instrumentalists and have consequently been the subjects of paintings. Euan Uglow painted Portrait of Patrick Symons RA of the artist playing his ‘cello. And in his lifetime, Ingres was as well known for his mastery of the violin as he was for his acclaimed portraits.

This weekend course is an exciting opportunity to study the human figure, whilst being able to observe and analyse the shapes and relationships created between musicians and their instruments. Working from different instrumentalists, and using a wide range of art materials, this course will introduce and explore drawing techniques used to represent movement, under the guidance of practising artist and violinist Adele Wagstaff.

  • 10 December 2016, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 11 December 2016, 10.30am — 5.30pm

Life Room, Royal Academy Schools

£420. Includes all materials, lunch and a drinks reception.

For further details or to book a place please contact the Royal Academy 

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Includes: An introduction to the Royal Academy’s Archive and Library Collection, with specific reference to relevant materials

• The opportunity to draw professional musicians

• All practical art materials

• Course learning materials and hand-outs developed by Adele Wagstaff

• Lunch and refreshments served on both days

• A drinks reception at the end of the second day

• A certificate of participation upon course completion

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Discovering drypoint

My article on the wonderfully expressive medium of drypoint etching is now available in the September ’16 issue of Artists & Illustrators magazine. This article discusses the techniques of drawing on and printing from a metal plate without using acid.

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 Drawing on a zinc plate with a metal stylus

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Summer Nude

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‘Summer Nude’ July 2016 oil on linen 50 x 50cm

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A Portrait in Progress II – Naomi

After four sittings…

 

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Summer/16 at Tregony Gallery

I have a number of small still life paintings in Summer/16 at Tregony Gallery which opens on 5th July, and includes the two pieces below. The exhibition private view takes place tomorrow 10-5 at Tregony Gallery and the show will then continue until 3rd September 2016. I hope you will have the opportunity to visit this lovely gallery if you are in Cornwall during the summer.

 

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Study for ‘Nocturne’, oil on gesso panel

Gallery Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am until 5pm. Closed Sunday & Monday.
Telephone 01872 530505.
By appointment, out of hours opening, telephone 07496 953471

58 Fore Street, Tregony, Truro, CORNWALL. TR2 5RW

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‘Pomegranates’, oil on linen

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A Portrait in Progress – Naomi

After two sittings…

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Summer Exhibition at the Russell Gallery

I have two small still life pieces included in the forthcoming Summer Exhibition at the Russell Gallery which opens this coming Thursday and continues until 10th September 2016.

Mixed Summer Exhibition
Private View
Thursday 30 June 2016
10am – 8.30pm
Drinks 6pm – 8.30pm

Red Plums (2016) oil on panel

Red Plums (2016) oil on panel

The Russell Gallery
12 Lower Richmond Road
Putney, London SW15 1JP
Tel: 020 8780 5228
Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 5.30pm
Email: russgallery@aol.com

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Drawing Essentials: Understanding the Human Form and Anatomy at the Royal Academy

Learn the essentials to drawing and understanding the human form and anatomy in the Royal Academy’s historic Life Room, a space purpose-built for life drawing, with practising artists Adele Wagstaff and Andy Pankhurst.

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Week 1 – The Male Form
Week 2 – The Female Form
Week 3 – The Interaction of Two Figures: Dancers (Male & Female)
Week 4 – The Interaction of Two Figures: ‘Wrestlers/Action poses’ (Male)

Explore the human form by studying the anatomy of the human figure through a series of poses from both individual figures and of two models working together. Working from different and varied life models, and using a range of poses and art materials, this course will introduce and explore the human anatomy in depth through a variety of resting and action poses under the guidance of practising artists Adele Wagstaff and Andy Pankhurst.

During this four-week course, participants will focus on the entire human figure, working under different light conditions, with different materials, in black and white as well as in colour, and using a variety of short as well as long poses.

The course will reference and make use of expertly selected items from the Royal Academy’s own Archives and Collection – a unique and exceptional scholarly reference and teaching tool which has informed artists and their practice since the Royal Academy’s foundation in 1768. As well as learning from carefully chosen archival material, participants will develop skills in observation, representation and rendition.

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Each session will be clearly defined by how structure and anatomy influence a particular series of poses with male and female models, both independently and by working together.

Price per session: £80
Price for all four sessions: £290

Monday 5 September:
Week one – The Male Form

Monday 12 September:
Week two – The Female Form

Monday 19 September:
Week three – The Interaction of Two Figures: Dancers (Male & Female)

Monday 26 September:
Week four – The Interaction of Two Figures: Wrestlers/Action poses (Male)

Each session is from 6 – 9pm Participants can attend individual evening sessions or all four.

The course includes:
• The opportunity to work from life models
• Special reference to works in the Academy library and archives on anatomy
• All practical materials

 

To book a place please visit the Royal Academy website

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Discovering Silverpoint

My article on drawing with the beautiful and delicate medium of Silverpoint is now available in the Summer 16 issue of Artists & Illustrators magazine. This article discusses the history of and how to approach this Renaissance drawing technique, alongside the preparation of surfaces ready for Silverpoint drawing.

 

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‘Rembrandt’s Hands’ – a detail from The Jewish Bride, Silverpoint on sanguine prepared Arches paper (2016)

 

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