Veshkau: Thanks for the comments and the advice. I think I exaggerated the curves that I saw in those figures, something to keep an eye on. Thanks again.
Chris: I hope you found the comment useful in some way. Thanks for the feedback. I have been blocking in the darks and erasing for the reflected light as youíve said. Iíll try out what youíve recommended; Iím interested in seeing if there is a difference doing it the other way. Correct value relationships are a big weakness of mine and something Iím trying to work on. See you tomorrow, glad youíre going
Drawings: Iíve been reading Loomisís book creative illustration- I started with the tone section. It is really eye opening and is changing my views of picture making altogether. I want to make good tonal designs and schemes, regardless of subject matter. Now that I am aware of such things I might be able to see them better in subjects- practice and time is what is needed now. As well as the feedback Iíve got from a critique thread, Iíve really had a great change in thinking about tone and about pictorial design- hopefully I can show that in recent work. Iíve been doing studies in black ink of masters work and from life- they are not easy to read but Iíll get there- and I learned stuff from doing them.
Iíve done a portrait of my granddad and a sphere from imagination (not enough reflected light though) in charcoal- Iím trying to get myself to widen the value range. Also trying out Utrecht charcoal and straethmore paper- both work really well. Some gestures of horses from life, some observational drawing and copies of vanderpoel. Included some thumbs I do before paintings and some landscape thumbs.
Still working on the bargue, the head was a bitch to get to that point. Only the fabric and outline to go, not long nowÖ
All oil paintings from life (Iím been doing a lot of painting, now I donít have the space to dry them out!) Some from a recent critique thread. Some monochrome studies of still lives in raw umber and white (3o mins each, I plan to do 20). Two colour paintings of a life model- 45 mins or so each (burnt sienna, Prussian blue and white) and some 10 minute oil studies of the same model in monochrome.
I went out to the preseli hills yesterday and did three landscape paintings in oil, second time out doing plein air- itís a lot of fun, I love going out and painting! It was 1 or 2 degrees out though, a bitterly cold wind. My feet and hands were dropping off after three hours!