Over the weekend, myself, Mrs Lyons and Mrs Longmuir, from Notredame High School, attended a life painting class held by Andrew Radcliffe. Andrew has painted many important people including Prince Charles and Neil Kinnock. He can paint photographically, almost hyper-real (too real).
For 4 hours we painted, I have to say, it was such a daunting task for me, those who know me will know that I’m not a patient man, I have to have things done and they have to be done yesterday. I suppose that I should have found the whole task relaxing and rewarding, though I found myself becoming very frustrated and unhappy with my own progress. Something that I would usually pick pupils up on… now I know how you all feel.
I am still fairly happy with my work, though I find that I didn’t get enough ‘work’ for the effort that was put in, maybe that’s why I work with digital media most of the time. It’s quick to use with a virtually instant output.
The piece above is what I finished the workshop with, below is the piece 20 mins in.
It contains no starter guide lines or pencil layouts, it’s just straight painting. Below, Mrs Lyons works colours into her piece at 20 mins in too. Her style is frustrated angular lines like mine, though she layers her paint as if it is a sculpture. This gives her figure more form and life. I was so amazed by all the different styles created by the handful of art practitioners.
I really like Mrs Longmuir’s piece below (20 mins in), it’s a style of painting that I wish I could do… flowing, curving lines. She shows off Kelly’s (the life model) femininity, while capturing the colours perfectly.