Sunday, 2 April 2023

Naked woman in a red chair - Alternative colourway

 I decided to put the print forward for a forthcoming group exhibition. While writing up the blurb for the label I realised that a lot of what this one is about is simplification. A couple of angles to suggest perspective, a flat red shape for the chair.

So I decided ti simplify the colours as well. Keep the red chair and then use browns for the other two - making the over all effect reddish. I'd got some purple in a jar from a recent failed print, so I used that as the basis for the brown, with more or less extender for the two shades,

The over all effect is more subtle than the "full colour" version, but I tthink it's better.

Wednesday, 22 March 2023

Naked woman in a red chair

 It's taken me a while to post about this cuz it's bigger than A4 so didn't fit the scanner. I've also lost the battery charger for the camera. So I've had to rwsort to joining two scans together. You can see the join, but it's not too bad.

Because my studio is now in a public space I find myself having to pursue something by way of entertainment, if for no other reason. So this. I just worked up a drawing because it was there. It's quite good really. It forces me to try something and not agonize too much about it.

I think I might reprint this in a different colour way at some future point. I can see this one in shades of grey...

Saturday, 11 March 2023

Life Model

 Not quite finished,yet. I need to work on the surface she is sitting on, but I thought I'd post at this stage anyway, I'll add the finished print at the bottom when it's done. Next weekend, probably.

Last night was a newly resurrected Life Drawing session at the local Art Gallery and Museum. It's been getting on for four years since the last time they did it. Since then it's been on hiatus due to lockdowns and reorganisations.

I hadn't realised how much I'd missed these. So here's a little celebration card based on one of last night's drawings.

Monday, 27 February 2023

Arty Alex


Another go at imagining Princess/Queen Alexandra as an artist. Wanted something simple that would work in any size. I like that she looks quite determined. She has what I consider the minimum signifiers of Alexandra: the long thin face; the hair piled up on top; the high neckline. It's enough, I think.

Saturday, 21 January 2023

Rabbit Woman

 Needed something to greet the Year of the Rabbit. Year of the Tiger has been a bit... rough. So time for a change. Time to let the Rabbit Woman take over.

Friday, 20 January 2023

Rugby Artists and Makers "Full Spectrum" Exhibition

 This year's group exhibition begins next Tuesday 24th January - Floor One Gallery at RAGM. There's work from 44 artists this year, so it'll be a packed show.

I decided to go with the Pink Chrysanthemum print that didn't make it in Rugby Open. The exhibition runs concurrently with thee lat 2 weeks of the Open, so maybe the Chrysanth will bask in the reflected glory of the other two.

Monday, 26 December 2022

Naked woman in an armchair

 Another naked woman postcard. This time from an elevated standpoint. This one was a great opportunity to use the black outline of the chair to make a stark contrast with her body, and make as little use of outline as possible. In the original drawing, she had bare feet, but I thought if I gave her socks, I could use that contrast even more. Also, it neatly avoids the Artist Problem of feet. I guess this gives a slight vibe of Vallotton, which is nice…

She has something of a coiled spring to her. As if she wants to get out of the chair and put some clothes on. That’s something that came out accidentally in the cutting and printing. Something I quite like.