Just finished 'Rembrandt Contemplates his own Mortality' Acrylic, mixed media & gold leaf on panel. 61cm x 64 cm. Looking forward to seeing it housed in an acrylic case
Ted & Harry's first masterclass took place in the studio on the 24 May 2015. Their first project was to paint a new table top for one of our garden tables and as you can imagine we were a little nervous as to how our grandsons would take to this challenge at 18 months and 6 months of ages
All attempts to to introduce them to contemporary art theory/painting practise as a necessary prerequisite to producing a masterpiece, just fell on deaf ears. Also any mention of the American abstract painter Jackson Pollock & his concern for flatness & the picture plane invited ridicule & mockery.
In the end we decided to to let them put the theory stuff aside & have have their own playful encounter!
I saw the exhibition of John Singer Sargent's work at the NPG yesterday. I was surprised at how simple & broadly painted his work is; but of course superb & fluid without becoming too slick. The little gem of a portrait of Claude Monet below was one of my favourites. His use of colour is exquisite & of course the master of half tone.
It was a lovely surprise to come across some of this stuff from my own sketchbook archives etc
The second day of the linocut workshop. We printed with Caligo relief ink on to Zerkal paper using a Japanese baren.