Alla prima portraits – progress pictures

Alla prima portraits – progress pictures

I thought I’d show you how some of my recent portraits developed. I’ve painted these on Arches oil paper all in one go (alla prima), so without layers of glazes. Each painting is done in a day to take advantage of the properties of working wet on wet into...
Portrait prep

Portrait prep

After my sketching trip to Leeds I have hundreds of photos and sketches to go through to potentially turn into paintings. It’s slightly overwhelming, so I decided to break the process into steps and get some prep sketches done to solidify the ideas I had when I...
Portrait of Rhiannon, folk musician

Portrait of Rhiannon, folk musician

You might have read about my plans to paint a series of portraits of people showing their ‘superpower’. Well, I have made a start, and my first subject is the beautiful, and super talented Rhiannon, violinist and harpist and performer in a local folk band....
A sketching trip

A sketching trip

I’m planning a series of portraits to try to build a cohesive body of work. It’s quite easy to get stuck in your ways and paint only what and who is around you so I decided to be a bit brave and go on a sketching trip. My son works in Leeds and knows a...
Experimenting

Experimenting

One of my goals for this year is to complete a series of paintings. To do that I need to be using a style that brings together the different things I want to say in each painting so as a whole the series looks cohesive. Basically, alongside finding my subject matter I...
Developing ideas for painting

Developing ideas for painting

Developing ideas for painting can feel overwhelming, but it’s a brilliant exercise in creativity, and is much easier if you break the process into steps. Building creativity Whether or not you have a brief for a painting, it’s a really good exercise in...
Painting ‘alla prima’ oil portraits

Painting ‘alla prima’ oil portraits

Alla prima oil paintings are very different to how I normally work as they’re not painted in layers that are allowed to dry, but all in one go. I find working with wet paint onto wet paint tricky but exciting! As its #portraitnovember over on twitter ive been...

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