•January 31, 2011 • 2 Comments
Giant’s Hill is the remains of the ramparts of a medieval castle that never quite got built. Now it’s a raised area with a moat round it, and in the middle a concrete spigot for mounting a heavy mortar – a remmant of more recent troubles. That is to say a civil defence item in the event of invasion during the Second World War. I’ve made it the focus of my picture.
It’s at least a week since I got out to paint, and the same again for oils. This was a small pochade sketch in oils to loosen up. The main criterion for choosing a viewpoint was facing into the sun so I had a little warmth on my face. It’s scarcely above freezing at the moment even in the sun.
•January 23, 2011 • Leave a Comment
Same session as yesterday’s.
•January 22, 2011 • 1 Comment
A friend kindly sat for me so I could do a few everyday poses that will be useful as reference material for other paintings. I like this shape. This took 5 minutes.
•January 21, 2011 • 1 Comment
Pen and crayon. 3"x5"
Lord Byron is reputed to have bathed here when he was a student at Trinity College, Cambridge. Now it’s dominated by a weir in which various bits of floating rubbish churn themselves to a presumed oblivion. The poet, if he were here, would no doubt take one glance and shuffle off to Geneva or Como. Especially since his birthday is tomorrow.
•January 19, 2011 • Leave a Comment
3"x5" water-soluble crayon and permanent ink marker
I’ve passed these buildings on and off for many years and have never stopped to draw them until today. Why, I don’t know because they are lovely. Perhaps it was because the low winter sun this morning was catching and modelling the roof surfaces in a particularly interesting way.
I love this way of sketching, putting in the hatching first, smearing it with a bit of “lick” and then adding definition and detail with fine permanent marker.