Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Latest Amerindian Studies

Here are my latest Amerindian studies. Mostly on Waterford High White, all 16" x 12". Two other failures I've not posted but I'm reasonably happy with the ones below, although I prefer the female ones.

16" x 12" Waterford. Young Amerindian Woman

American Indians are not one homogenous type. They vary enormously both in physical characteristics - from quite tall to short - and skin colour, some very dark, others much lighter. This is a particularly attractive young lady, at least in white terms. I've no idea what tribe she belongs to. The painting above has been modified from the original posted on Facebook. The left facing eye wasn't right and I also softened a few hard lines. This is a definite improvement.

16" x 12" Amerindian Woman - Waterford High White

I quite like this one. Posted on my Portrait Facebook page it hasn't attracted much in the way of likes but this happens to me all the time, while others sometimes get hundreds. My fate to be unrecognised - just a joke!

16" x 12" Amerindian Woman - Waterford High White

This one and that immediately above was about  not spending much time on the hair, which both subjects had in abundance, in an attempt to vary the way I tackle the subject. I used the guide photos as just that - guides - and tried to capture certain characteristics, mainly the eyes but in a less formal way. You can get bogged down with  hair and Charles Reid always says don't!

Crow Chief White Bear - Waterford High White

Santee Sioux - Moldau 130lb - unfinished

This one and that above are notable for the topknots. The Santee Sioux example is unfinished and I don'y know whether I'll do any more with it The Santee Sioux lived in Minnesota. The pressure of white settlement caused them to rise up in 1863 and attempt to exterminate the white population. Many hundreds of mainly settler men,  women and children were killed in the most brutal way, but eventually they were defeated and the perceived ringleaders hanged, although some sentences were commuted. As usual there are different views on the rights and wrongs of what happened. The main chief Little Crow was later killed with his son when gathering berries in a forest where they were hiding.  The remnants were driven from Minnesota. One notorious minor chief
called Inkpaduta, notorious for the so-called Spirit Lake massacre, travelled hundreds of miles with his small following and gained refuge with the plains Sioux. Reputedly he was at the Little Big Horn in 1876 when Custer and his command were wiped out.

Painting these subjects I mainly used my small Craig Young painting box with Cadmium Red, Raw Sienna, Cerulean and Ultramarine Blue, in different combinations, the principal colours. Brushes are my Isabey No 6 Travel Brush and Isabey Sables 4,6 and 8. Also started introducing the Escoda Kolinsky sable Size 14 principally for the hair. My Guru Charles Reid always says don't spend too much time on the hair. As for paper  my choice is the Waterford High White blocks. As a block they hold together much better than say Fabriano. You may notice I used Moldau on the Santee Sioux. I purchased 40 sheets at great expense and effort a while back and thought I needed to use them. They are only 130lb and supposedly A3 but are slightly smaller especially in width. They do buckle noticeably. I have stretched in the past but am reluctant to do it again. I have quite a lot of paper accumulated over the years in sheets. Various types with Waterford original in the majority but quite a few other makes. I now much prefer the Waterford blocks but will have to use this other stuff as well.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Latest Paintings

Here are my latest efforts, although since I've done several more, some of which I'll post soon. Actually I've had them hanging around for a little while so thought, for want of something better, to post them. The first subject is "Blue Thunder' subtitled 'Custers Scout',. I'd never heard of this guy until recently when I came across the photo from which the painting was produced. This was taken around 1900  when he was fairly elderly. According to what I could find he was a Santee Sioux and was a scout initially in the 1860s at the time of the so- called Fetterman massacre at Fort Phil Kearney. He wasn't with Custer at the Little Big Horn which was lucky for him.

Early Stages - pencil drawing followed by painting the eyes, nose and mouth.

Blue Thunder - 16" x 12" Waterford High White.

A simple Landscape _ an AVA subject at a Thursday session.

Crow Warrior - 16" x 12" Waterford.

Friday, 7 July 2017

Perylene Green & Perylene Violet from Schmincke

The recent upgrade from Schmincke introduced 35 new colours. I have briefly covered them elsewhere but decided to try a couple.They are  currently £9.00 for 15ml tubes from Jacksons, In addition I recently bought Warm Sepia from Daler Rowney. Why this one? Both  John Blockley and John Yardley have mentioned Warm Sepia so I have assumed this is the Daler Rowney paint as nobody else, as far as I know, use this name. 

The swatches on the left are Perylene Green, those on the right Violet with the Warm Sepia bottom right. None of these colours painted out that well but I think the paper is at fault, just an old piece of unknown provenance, so don't damn them on the basis of the above.

Perylene Green (PBk31) was first introduced by Holbein as 'Shadow Green' Subsequently both Winsor &Newton and Daniel Smith introduced  'Perylene Green' - the pure pigment. Apparently the Holbein contains a black so isn't a single pigment paint.

For a brief description from the Art of Pigment database see the post on Schminckes new paints in April.

Perylene Green is a very dark blackish green - almost black in masstone so could be good for backgrounds. Rather dull  so I'm not sure where this might fit in.

Perylene Violet (PV29) is a new pigment and when I gave Yvonne from my painting group both to try, she initially though it very like some Burnt Siennas.When diluted it does show a violet shade and in this form might be good for portraits. These are only initial thoughts others may differ. Yvonne thought the Green more interesting.

Are they worth adding to ones palette? That, as always, is a personal decision but I have my doubts in the case of the Violet. The green perhaps needs playing around with.

As for 'Warm Sepia', another dull colour, I'm not so sure. A three pigment mix?

Friday, 30 June 2017

Watercolour Paintings (32)

Here are July's batch. Many of these artists I know nothing about. They are mostly somewhere on Facebook so it should be possible to find them if you are interested in further study of a particular artist. I'm continually amazed at the wealth of watercolour talent out there. There is no doubt in my mind that watercolour is given much more prominence in several of these artists countries than it is in the UK.

Meeta Dani

Amazing painting, Quite staggering detail.

Nathan Fowkes

Celal Gunaydin

Lam Leon

Bev Jozwiak.

One of my favourite artists. I love her jackdaws. She does a whole series featuring them.

Nora McPhail

Nice loose work and colourful typical of this artists work.

Jonathan Kwegyir Aggrey

This young African artist is making quite a name for himself. This large scale panorama is fairly typical.

Thomas Schaller

Well - known artist with many followers and admirers.

Amal Pawar

Gerard Hendriks

Enough said one of my favourites as readers will know!

Charles Reid

Another  favourite of mine.

Milind Mulick.

The prolific Milind - a very fine artist  with a wide range of colourful subjects.

Stephie Butler

Stephies work is always colourful and worth studying.

Ewa Ludwiczak

The Charles Reid influence is clear to see in much of Ewas work but she does seem to be developing her own take on it.

Abe Toshiyuki

Lost the name of this artist but  decided to leave it in. ADDED 09/07/17 According to Marko the artists above is Heinz Hofer

Same comments as above. I'll try harder in future! According to Marko this is by Ingrid Burchal.

Gerard Hendriks

Gerard did a small series similar to this and I love them.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Avon Valley Artists

Avon Valley Artists is an offshoot of the former Saltford Art Group, now defunct. About ten years ago, I'm unsure of the actual date, it was decided by a group of us to continue painting together meeting on a Thursday. Initially we painted at Saltford Hall but then moved to the Church Hall in the old village. Saltford holds a Festival every two years and as part of it we put on an exhibition and sale of paintings. This is what happened this year.

With Jeanne our oldest member who is 90.

Originally we had 25 members, this being limited by the size of the room we painted in. We meet during the day in the morning so don't attract younger members, those at work during the day or looking after families.  Some groups meet in the evening and so attract those who cannot paint during the day. Advancing age, we are all retired some for a considerable period, has taken several from us and others have dropped out for the same reason. We retain the fondest memories of them.  Currently we have 17 members who put on the exhibition illustrated above. We are in gentle decline but have a good group of artists of a high standard for amateurs. 

This group is different to most amateur ones in that we paint to a programme of subjects  (mostly but not only in watercolour) put together by Jan and Yvonne, who together with Robert, manage the group. I've belonged to other groups but none do this, basically doing their own thing, and consequently tend to be less close. Everything and everybody has a shelf life and exactly how much longer we'll continue is an open question. Hopefully for a while yet. The exhibition was very successful with good sales.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Watercolour Paintings (31)

Here for June are the latest batch of paintings. I have collected so many I may do another lot in the middle of the month. Once again a very varied collection. In my opinion highlighting the very best of watercolour painting. I just keep on  discovering new artists! I do exhibit a slight bias towards the type of paintings I prefer, as well as artists I particularly relate to, such as Gerard Hendriks and Charles Reid. I hope this is not too irritating!

Edward Seago - The British master. This appeared in one of the two large format books Ron Ranson wrote on him.

Ingrid Buchthal - A German artist I recently became aware of. Terrific.

Bev Jozwiak - The brilliant Bev.

Corinne Poplimont. This artist is new to me.

Lada Galkina - Another artist I know little about although the name seems familiar.

Miling Mulick - Enough said although this is a little different to much of his other work.

Charles Reid - a very good example of Charles at his best.

Gerard Hendriks - Gerard has done several like this. I just love them!

Edward Wesson - Wesson died in 1983 but his influence lives on not least in the artist Steve Hall who advertises his style and teaching as 'following the Wesson way".

Robert Zangarelli - This was described as a sketch demo .  I'm really taken by it. Great use of colour.

Ilya Ibryaev - This is stunning - another artist I know little about.

Celal Gunaydin  - another new one to me.

Oscar Cuadros - a fine Peruvian artist

Another from Gerard Hendriks.

Hoshno Keiko - another new artist.

Jem Bowden - This is slightly different to much of his work that often shows the influence of Wesson

Yuko Nagayama - The great Japanese artist

Thierry  De Marichalar - Another new one. I'm getting tired of writing that.

 That's it folks until the next batch!