Friday, November 27, 2009

Thursday, November 26, 2009

War Memorial, All Saints Church Belvedere, 8" x 12", Acrylic on Canvas board, 2009

Everyone wants to paint autumn scenes and I wasn't going to be left out. I have always noticed this lovely war memorial at All Saints Church, Belvedere, Kent and I always wanted to paint around this area. I like the old twisty trees and the faded rustic beauty of the church. So I decided to take this on this morning from around 9.30am to 12.30 in the afternoon. One of the ladies that works in the church even made me a warm cup of coffee after a few hours of standing in the cold!



I painted this scene with the new Winsor & Newton acrylics, they are of superb quality and they felt just like using oils. the colours are always vibrant and there aren't any colour shifts. I learnt a few lessons today- not to forget a palette knife; not to forget hand gloves in this weather; the cold doesn't kill; the more you stand working the better its gets but not without a cup of coffee; passers by offer great comments...






Below are some shots I took of the scene and set-up and some handy a passer-by took of me.



Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Sketches on the train and tube in November VIII



More sketches on public transport and watch out for the man in glasses(above), he was reading the papers all the way from London Bridge to Honor Oak Park on the Southern Trains.




Monday, November 23, 2009

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Sketches on the train and bus in November VII



These were done yesterday and this morning. These images are a bit better. Scanner seems to be co-operating!


Friday, November 20, 2009

Sketches on the train and tube in November VI



Recent sketches during my travels, still battling with my scanner, had to use my camera, didn't work....


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

"...The Valley of The Shadow of Death.." 18" x 12", Mixed Media on Paper, 2009

This is my entry into this Karin Juricks Different Strokes from Different folks. The reference picture was very interesting and it had a lot of drama to it.




My interpretation of the challenge was a real challenge in itself. Not really a challenge to compose and paint, but because of the reason why I chose to depict the challenge this way. Last week I lost a gem. He was only 16! Now, that has blown me off a bit but I have tried my best to keep busy so I don't get into depressed thoughts. It has helped but once in a while I need a bit of comfort and the Holy Spirit has ministered in a calming way. I also discovered this SONG on youtube and it has been a blessing to me during this period. My heart goes out to his parents(they are like my parents, when I first came to London, with no where to stay, they accommodated me for 9 months, and I never knew them prior to this)and his siblings, this is a moving time for them but God has really been on their side.

First, I will talk a bit a about this piece which I have dedicated to Prince Onwubiko (1993-2009)He was a sweet guy, full of life and had a great spirit! He was an artist too and I have mentored him ever since I discovered he had a talent for art. Last year, he did his first work experience with me for 2 weeks at my studio. I never knew he'd be gone this soon. He died of a brain hemorrhage. Below are some pictures I took of him while he was learning a few things with me.







I have used this piece to remember him because he had a great flair for Fantasy Art and would have loved it so much. But on the other hand I am also using it to remind myself about the brevity of life and that WE SHALL ALL HAVE TO PASS THROUGH THE SHADOW OF THE VALLEY OF DEATH. It is my prayer that when we get there WE SHALL FEAR NO EVIL. Like the Psalmist said, he knew his God and declared THY ROD and THY STAFF, THEY COMFORT ME...." May we all be prepared for this moment which comes to both old and young, with no certain date of when it is going to happen. May we all prior to that moment, have made peace with God, by accepting His Son as our LORD and Saviour!

As seen in this painting, we are all warriors and throughout life we are going to have to fight and endure the journey of life with its ups and downs, sunshine and rain, healing and pain, and most of all that final moment when we have to pass through that lonely valley of the shadow of death.

more pictures of Prince





Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Sketch of Sylvia, Graphite on Paper(A2) 2009

Those of you who are current with my blog would remember the sketch I did of Dorothy. Through my friend Graham I got to met another wonderful elderly lady called Sylvia, she is going to be 102 this month!



Since I knew I was going to only have about an hour or so to complete this commission, immediately I met her I quickly shared pleasantries then started concentrating, sometimes this is funny because while we are talking I am drawing with my eyes, "feeling" the structure of her main features. I just love faces and hers was full of life and character! She had never been sketched before and didn't do many photos either, so this was a great opportunity to enjoy the sketching and also help her to have one that she'll keep, probably for many more years ahead. You might be wondering why I have said this, but this lady is so mobile and full of life, she moves so swiftly, she even took me and Graham for a fine lunch afterwards!



Sylvia (detail)



Talking about God renewing ones strength in old age- This was a crystal clear example! She really liked the sketch after I'd finished.




Below are some shots Graham took of me while in the spirit of sketching!




Monday, November 16, 2009

Bath Experience VII (Cleveland Place, oil on canvas, 60 x 30cm, 2009)


This scene is facing Cleveland Place across London Road is busy road, as commuters go in and out of Bath most on their way to work. The light, once more cuts across this main road and reveals a interesting depth of Georgian Buildings all sun lit too, these type of buildings a very common feature of Bath are just a beauty to behold, it sort of combines the ancient and modern in a world heritage city.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Bath ExperienceVI (Nelson's Place, Oil on Canvas, 60cm x 30cm, 2009)



This is another painting I have done of Bath. One of the things that pulled me into this scene was the raking light that cut across London Road, Bath, just before Nelson's Place. To me, this is drama! I love the effect of light, especially when its course is forced to squeeze through little openings. This is exactly what happened here and the wall on the right then reveals a sort of abstract painting due to the same effect.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Highlights from The ROI Open Painting Evening at the Mall Galleries



ADEBANJI AND ANTONIO

There's nothing like being in the midst of like minded people! But to be in the midst of painters all painting is the crescendo of art for me! That's one of the things that made me tick at Art College. It has been quite a while that I have had such an opportunity, so I was really looking forward to this years ROI Open Painting Evening!



EVERYONE IN THE SPIRIT



The highlight of this year was that one of the models we painted was to be Antonio Carluccio, The famous Italian chef and restaurateur. Most of us painters expected him to pose in a chef outfit but he turned up just like us. I asked him, "Why?" He simply said,"I am not a chef, I am a cook, the chef does it for the money as a profession, while the cook, cooks for the love of it!"



ADEBANJI'S PAINTING OF ANTONIO



I can't tell how many artists were present on the night but the place was packed with high spirits and inspiration! Just witnessing all the artists, both members and non-members "attacking" their canvasses with brush and paint was a simple delight to behold! Winsor and Newton were also present with their stand to give artists present some tips on colours, methods, materials and technical stuff. Lucky they were around as I went rushing to the stand when I ran out of Titanium White! Every participant got a lovely bag donated by Winsor and Newton on the night, I have kept mine as it was strong, sturdy and very handy.



ADEBANJI'S PROGRESS WHILE PAINTING




I am not going to bore you with too many words, as they normally say, "pictures speak louder than words". The pictures you'll see here are just a few shots I took while painting, of some scenes that were of interest to me!



ROGER DELLAR-IT'S A DELIGHT TO WATCH HIM GO FROM BIG SHAPES UNDEFINED TO SMALL DETAILS DEFINED.






RICHARD PRICE- HE WON LAST YEARS PRIZE, THE PAINTING IN THE EXHIBITION THIS YEAR. HERE YOU CAN SEE HIS SIMPLE SET UP WITH PAINTING. NOTICE THE SUBTLE COLOUR SHIFTS AND DELICATE TOUCHES.






NATALIA AVDEEVA- SHE WAS A PRIZE WINNER ON THE NIGHT, I LOVE HER CUBIC STROKE APPROACH.






LUIS MORRIS- GREAT TO SEE HIM PAINTING, HE STARTS FROM CAREFULLY PLACED SHAPES/BLOCKS OF COLOUR, THEN FROM NO WHERE YOU'LL BEGIN TO SEE HOW THE IMAGE UNFOLDS!






LUIS MORRIS- THIS IS HIS PALETTE - LOOK AT THOSE "JUICY" COLOUR MIXTURES






LUCY MCKIE- HER DETAILED APPROACH ALL STARTS OFF LIKE THIS. WHAT AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE HOW HER WORK STARTS OFF! I REALLY LIKED HER PORTRAITS IN THE SHOW!






JUNE MENDOZA- A MASTER PORTRAIT PAINTER- JUST SEE HOW THE MODEL CAME TO LIFE JUST AFTER THE BREAK TIME!






JUNE MENDOZA- HERE IS HER PALETTE, CAN YOU GUESS THE NAMES OF THOSE COLOURS?






DENNIS SYRETT- HERE IS HIS PALETTE- I'M SURE THIS WILL END UP HIGHER THAN MOUNT EVEREST IN THE END!






DENNIS SYRETT- THIS IS HIM IN PROGRESS, WATCH OUT FOR THE STROKE PER STROKE APPLICATION, QUITE INTERESTING! DENNIS IS PAST PREDIDENT OF THE ROI.






CHRISTINE ELLIS(hope spelling is right)- SHE WON A PRIZE ON THE NIGHT, JUST LOVE HOW SHE CAPTURED DAVID CURTIS IN ACTION!


On a final note DAVID PLIGRIM one of the artists who exhibited in the show has some highlights of the painting night and show too. You can click HERE to see.