2018

SHEILA IN BLACK CHAIRSHEILA IN THE BLACK CHAIR
I painted this from a 50 year old photo of my wife Sheila, taken soon after we were married.

I can still remember taking it, on film in those days, with my old Minolta SLR.

 

Oil on canvas 20 x 20 in

 

 

 

 


VIETNAM MORNING MIST
From a black and white (but mainly grey) photo bought in Hoi An.

 

 

Oil on panel 16 x 12 in

 

 


Nude with Black GlovesNUDE WITH BLACK GLOVES
Osamu Obi

The master from Kanagawa, a region of greater Tokyo. His huge paintings challenge you from the initial drawing, to the brilliant underpainting and on to the final glazes. He even makes his own medium, semi-tempera, from stand oil, lemon juice and egg yolk. It gets a bit smelly after a few days, but it works.

I don’t know why I try to paint his images, they are so hard, but they really do challenge me.

Oil on canvas 20 x 16 in

 


 

GIRL IN LAVENDER DRESS
Osamu Obi

 

 

Oil on canvas 20 x 16 in

 


Not sure about this haircut

 

“NOT SURE ABOUT THIS HAIRCUT”
Osamu Obi

My title, not his.

I saw his under-drawing, which looked blonde, like Patti Boyd in her George Harrison days, and had to have a go.

 

Oil on canvas 20 x 16 in


Thoughtful

 

THOUGHTFUL
Osamu Obi

 

Another great image from Sensei, Obi San.

 

Oil on panel 20 x 16 in


JAPANESE NIGELLA

 

JAPANESE NIGELLA?
Osamu Obi

The contrapposto gesture proved very challenging. It’s so easy to make the distant eye too big.

Oil on panel 20 x 16 in

 

 


CREATIVE BEECREATIVE BEE
Study in measurement

 

Our first exercise at Cornish Painting Holidays with Tim Hall.

 

Oil on canvas 16 x 12 in

 

 


Facing my troubles

 

FACING MY TROUBLES
Cornelia Hernes on Instagram

This was the final stage of a demonstration, later shown in full to subscribers on Patreon.com.

I decided the eyes showed someone with deep concern for serious troubles, while the mouth showed her determination to face them. Not an easy combination to paint.

Oil on canvas 20 x 16 in


MATT FROM MOUSEHOLE

 

MATT FROM MOUSEHOLE
Study from life, done in Newlyn, at Cornwall Painting Holidays

 

 

 

 


LUCIE THE POTTER
Painted from life in Newlyn

 

Lucie, who makes pottery next door in Newlyn, was sitting  for the first time, and proved a perfect model.

Zen still, yet with a secret grin always hovering in the corner of her mouth.

I hope she likes the end result.

Oil on canvas 20 x 16 in


JAPANESE GIRL WITH PARASOLJAPANESE GIRL WITH PARASOL
From a painting by Yasutumo Oka.

He paints photo-perfect, ultra-realistic paintings. The girl, then in a blue kimono, was very much part of her surroundings and absorbed by them.

I wondered if I could paint her in the Western style; in vibrant pink, coming forward, with the background half-finished and suppressed; as in Jonathan Yeo’s portrait of Helena Bonham Carter.

I think it worked.

Oil on board 20 x 16 in.

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