Stretch in Ochre (4), 2018

Here we go, the fourth one in four weeks. Really glad I’ve stuck with them – the concept is simple enough to fit into a number of evenings, and it’s resulted in more oil painting over a month than I’ve done in the last 2 years combined. I’m going to take a week or two off before carrying on, give some thought as to whether continue working with this series based around a limited ochre colour palette, or try something else for a bit.

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Stretch in Ochre (4), 2018 – oils on canvas board, £60

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Stretch in Ochre (3), 2018

My latest of the stretch ochre oil paintings, and my favourite so far. It’s a cracking pose, that suited the limited palette perfectly, capturing the form with relatively flat colours. Absolutely delighted with how this turned out.

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Stretch in Ochre (3), 2018 – oils on canvas board, £70

 

Back in Black & White, 2018

Here’s a figure drawing from a few weeks ago of a female model, drawn using white pastel pencils on some lovely black paper. Always enjoy working like that, but it can be hard to find a pose that’s lit in such a way to make the most of white-on-black. I think this one, courtesy of this NMA video, fits the bill. It’s now up for sale at the usual place for 50 of your earth pounds.

Back in Black and White, 2018 – pastel pencil on black paper, £50

I think I’ll return to that pose another time in the future in a different medium, since the bright whiteness of the model’s skin against the black background really is striking – white oil paint, perhaps?

Stretch in Ochre (1), 2018

First in a new series of oil paintings I’m going to produce (hopefully on a weekly basis, if reality will let me) based around poses showing various kinds of stretching, working with a limited palette. Such poses are a real pleasure (and challenge) to capture, especially in a painting. It’s one thing to do a sharp, exaggerated gesture drawing in 30 seconds, quite another to maintain a similar vitality in a painting that took a couple of hours to produce. I’m looking forward to seeing how these paintings progress as the weeks go by, but here’s the first – now up for sale.

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Stretch in Ochre (1), 2018 – Oils on canvas board, £60.