Tuesday, December 23, 2014

From A Christmas Carol

A few images from my version of A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens.  I keep coming back to this story. In my opinion it is unequalled as a Christmas tale.
And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God bless Us, Every One! 

Friday, December 12, 2014

A Portrait with Dramatic Lighting

The Finished Painting

Even as I was painting, though, I knew I hadn't gone dark enough with the left side of the face. 
When this happens, I tend to paint away to a finish from the model (second last picture above) and then a couple of days later add a dark glaze over the area where the darker tone should have been. 
Here I used liquin tinted with burnt umber and alizarin crimson. The good thing about this process is that it saves all the modulation in the initial painting but just darkens the area by a few degrees giving the painting a much more palbable sense of drama.


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Nude in The Moth

The Moth is a pretty cool arts and literature magazine produced by Rebecca O'Connor and Will Govan. My nude study of Keshet is in their latest issue illustrating a very atmospheric short story by John Boyne, called Empire Tour.

Monday, December 1, 2014

"The Road to Oz" Fine Art Print Now Available

I have just added my fine art print, "The Road to Oz" to my on-line shop
These are my artist proofs from the original Elphin Light Press edition, and there are only six prints available.
I had such a great time over in New York signing the edition with James Warhola and Barry Klugerman. They installed me in James's studio in Rhinebeck, while I did the signing and it was a great thrill for me when James introduced me to his pal James Gurney of Dinotopia fame.