If you have tried your hand at landscape painting, you may have found, as I did, that taking your wet paintings home at the end of the day without damaging […]
Velázquez exhibition at the Grand Palais from Wednesday 25 March 2015 to Monday 13 July 2015 I have been entranced by the work of Velasquez since I first saw his […]
Recently I’ve made a few excursions painting in Paris. Although it’s been steep learning curve in both painting and logistics, I’ve concluded that it is a painter’s paradise; balmy weather, […]
This exhibition, ‘Portrait Gallery of the Golden Age’ is on until the end of 2016 at The Hermitage in Amsterdam. It’s a collaboration between The Hermitage, The Rijks Museum and Amsterdam Museum.
What struck me most was how it connected 17th century Holland to the present day Amsterdam, not just in terms of historical fact but in emotional resonance.
These are my drawings from last year’s Studio Escalier classes at the Louvre. If you’d like a quick flick through you can also look at the video of this sketchbook. Noticing […]
This is a collection of studies from my last few painting classes with Studio Escalier. They are mostly unfinished but for the purposes of reflection and analysis that’s useful, as it allows me […]
I found this in my drafts folder, long overdue for posting now but somehow appropriate to the present, reflecting on my time at LARA: Stop Motion It felt really strange […]
A video of my sketchbook from drawing in the Louvre this winter. Many of these drawings were done during Studio Escalier’s Winter at the Louvre programme: Louvre Sculpture Drawings from Helen Frost on […]
City of light: I’m in Paris at the moment. It’s wonderful. Sometimes I walk around, smiling at each increment of wonder. I wish there were a better way to burn […]
Mastercopy of Thomas Lawrence’s William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melborne. Previous palette I use a similar limited palette as on my previous Lawrence copy: Titanium white Naples yellow Yellow Ochre English Red […]
A lovely short film of a truly incredible place. This will improve your day. Path of Beauty with Thanks to Laura, for sharing this on Facebook.
Or….. If you want to learn to paint, copy a painting….not a photograph. Let’s face it; learning to paint can be hard going. We all know that practice is crucial […]
As many of you know I’ve been missing long pose life drawing, so I’ve decided to organise some; here are the details: We will be drawing in north light and […]
Master-copy madness: I’ve been attempting a master copy of Sarah Trimmer, after Lawrence: It does look very much better when it’s not next to the Lawrence but that does rather […]
The Power of Art is a fascinating series of programmes presented by Simon Schama. He presents each painter in the context of his time, here are a couple of my favourites, […]
I haven’t posted drawings for ages, partly because it’s been impossible to set up longer poses, which I desperately miss, along with the beauty, consistency and subtlety north light. Shorter […]
Simplifying the skeleton The skeleton can be an intimidating thing to approach, not for it’s halloween persona or supernatural qualities but simply because of its complexity. Not just in […]
Good proportions are critical to a convincing drawing but what precisely makes ‘good proportions’? How heroes are made There are various canons of proportion; The figure 7 1/2 heads high, […]
Do you stand or sit when you draw or paint? I had a fascinating discussion the other day with two artist friends; these are some of our thoughts on the […]
Jenny Saville, British painting’s heir(ess) apparent is exhibiting now (and until September 2012) at Modern Art Oxford and the Ashmolean in Oxford. Jenny Saville Drawings on You Tube. I’ve followed […]
Watteau: The Drawings at the Royal Academy is showing until the 5th June 2011. I visited last week and loved the versatility and immediacy of his trois crayon technique. I […]