Tuesday, November 21, 2017



 This is a reworking of a piece I did a while ago.  I wanted to go back and see if I could push it further. 

Still working on the oil techniques.  I changed it up and went to copy a work by Alfred Wierusz-Kowalski.  I also tried another Rubens.  This one definitely got away from me but I will keep working on it to see if I can get a better likeness.   
After  Alfred_Wierusz-Kowalski_-_Samotny_wilk

After Alfred_Wierusz-Kowalski_-_Samotny_wilk


Monday, November 13, 2017

The messenger

After Rubens 

So got a first pass completed on the old gal.  The plan to complete these by doing successive layers was somewhat abandoned.  I didn't have any zinc white to hand only titanium white which is too opaque for glazing.  I also figured out I was not going to make it to the anything like the finish of the original progressing with glazes without the white so I compromised.  Regardless the grey layer really helped and after the colours were mixed the painting too no time at all.  

I got a second pass on bearded guy and here the glazing did help pick up the hue.  
I think it would take quite alot of playing around and adjusting to get a good process down. I have a few more panels prepped so I can continue .
  The last image is a copy of ALFRED VON WIERUSZ-KOWALSKI   the messenger.  Did this study because I liked the massing of dark and light.  

After Rubens 


Monday, November 6, 2017


Mask Inktober 31 
 The last of Inktober is here.  I spent more time on them than last year and tried some different inking techniques.  The most useful thing from this year was coming up with the design in a more systematic way and drawing practice. The ones at the start of the month went straight to ink but by the end I was pencilling then drawing.  
Did a selfportrait for Nov 1st but kept it straight forward.  
I also kept working on the series of paintings using the Flemish method.  I have 3 running simultaneously now -all copies to focus on the process. 

Found Inktober 30

After Rubens b

After Rubens a

Monday, October 30, 2017


27 Climb Inktober 

Managed to keep up the Inktober.  Cannot deny it has been a time sink but I think it has helped with my approach to the early ideas and planning.  The casualty has been working on finishing the current open work.  Only one completed study and no painting.

24 Blind Inktober

25 ship Inktober 

26 squeak inktober 

28 fall Inktober 

29 united Inktober

Figure study 2