June 28, 2013

Kom Sunset


How about this: arriving at work this evening I had to double back and drove up the adjacent road parked and scrambled to collect my tools, throw them on the roof of my car, standing, and drew this without being able to see much at all of what I was scribbling.. jotted down colours, in pencil .. Ult.m~b and silver, Bright O.. ~ I made short work of it after settling inside. 5 mins, dah~dah!!

I'm realizing more and more the importance of light. Of the two paintings I did today, this one was a definite thrill! 


June 15, 2013

Spilt beans

Here is my latest chalk design done not yet a week ago at a lovely pit stop owned by a dashing fella. Gareth has run Spill the beans for some time and serves the best coffee in town.

As I explained to curious onlookers and critical by standers: chalk is a tuff choice. It is not mistake friendly, and that got me thinking and now I realize the irony, what a marvelous means to overcoming said erroneous thought. I had this in mind to some extent but still had to develop momentum as I went. I enjoyed it dare I say.


Chalk is also great in learning the values of things, tone and contrast. Colours can be whacked onto others, lightening as you go. From a very loose and subtle draft, and ending in bold painterly strokes, but which give that crisp rasp when marking. More commissions please!





Well not the best photo, will see about replacing it soon

June 07, 2013

Life drawing of Fiona with watercolour

In Simonstown at Raynos gallery yesterday. I am pleased with this result, in reflecting: colour and overall composition style, inevitably line or penciling is what is keeping my focus. The paint is like the fun reward at the end, so that too..

I did two finished studies out of the three poses yesterday morning, the other being a simple contour drawing which preceded this one.

More to come..