Although my last post was a few months ago I’ve still been painting. I haven’t felt like writing because my law course was coming to an end so it felt like I was spending all my time either reading or writing. It paid off since I got a distinction (the highest grade, roughly equivalent to … More It’s Been a While
As she likes poetry I shall endeavour; Writing verse, though I’m no poet however. All who see her know her face is sublime; Any error in feature is but mine. Yet what I love most cannot be painted; Her voice divine, unadulterated. As a soprano she’s verily skilled; her words like honey, from her lips … More Portrait of Rach
I bought a new easel so that I can now paint with canvases up to 130cm. To ease myself into painting bigger I started with a modest 50x40cm canvas panel. I found it more fun than my smaller paintings. The easel is adjustable so I painted standing up instead of sitting down. I found this … More More Practice
The picture I used for reference is from a website that provides free reference images for artists: http://www.characterdesigns.com. The specific photo is from this set: http://www.characterdesigns.com/photoset-020-ashley-cosplay-portraits/
I took a long break from painting because of exams but I’m getting back into the swing of things with a copy of a portrait of one of my favourite composers by one of my favourite artists. I tried painting this in a bolder style more akin to Sargent but I don’t think I do … More Copy of Sargent’s Portrait of Gabriel Fauré
Another portrait of one of my best friends. I’m always nervous asking people if I can paint them but she’s letting me paint her as much as I want. I think it’s good that I keep doing portraits of her now and again as each time I can see how much I’ve improved in getting … More Another Portrait of Charl
I was reading Dostoevsky’s “The Adolescent” and the Sistine Madonna was mentioned. In the notes to the novel it states that he owned an engraving of it and the painting is mentioned in some of his other novels. Intrigued, I googled the painting and was stunned. Naturally, I had to do a master study of … More Study of St. Barbara from Raphael’s “The Sistine Madonna”
A painting of a statue I bought a while ago as a present to myself for finishing my masters in classics and ancient history. Nike/Victoria is the Greco-Roman goddess of victory so it seemed fitting. It’s a more modern design than what I normally go for but it’s pretty nonetheless.
I wanted to practice painting a beard. I think I made the mistake of going for too much detail and contrast in the beard, which I’ll have to bear in mind in the future.
I’m planning to paint Minerva/Athena. It will be a portrait from head to the lower leg. In order to be able to paint the face in sufficient detail I need a canvas larger than my current easel can accommodate (I’m thinking at least 1 metre in length). Right now I don’t have the money to … More Preparatory painting of the face of Minerva