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September 27th, 2009, 07:23 AM
Heres a couple of pieces i've been working on for the last few months. I've reworked Larissa since the photo, and have included a bag to help the compostion. Both works were painted from life in the studio and I did plein air studies for the backgrounds.
September 27th, 2009, 11:04 AM
Awesome Zarahn! Absolutely love the one you're working on at the moment!
We gotta skype soon bro,... !
September 30th, 2009, 08:07 AM
I agree. These are great. It's cool to see the work in progress.
October 5th, 2009, 12:13 AM
Wonderful stuff, Zarahn. It's really cool to see this kind of painting happening in NZ.
October 5th, 2009, 06:03 PM
Agreed- very nice. Thanks for posting.
October 9th, 2009, 08:08 PM
Tom- Thanks Bro, yep gotta skype!
Snasitra- Thanks and more works in progress to come
D.O Jones- Cheers and I checked at your site, nice painting!
Dose- Thanks, I enjoyed looking at your painting, there was a nice dual figure composition '' esteban and laticia"- I assume you painted that from life?
Here is some more work.
I've been recently looking at Charles Goldies painting of Te Aho o Te Rangi titled " all a same to em' pakeha- A good Joke" I had this idea to study facial expressions so I started a gissaille and then this head study that I started with charcoal and painted over two days from life. It was a nice relief from the more time intensive portraits I've been doing. Please excuse the poor quality of the photo
October 9th, 2009, 08:44 PM
Here are some classroom demonstrations, the first three are 40 minute paintings done at a local high school. It was a lot of fun, Students sat and posed while I encouraged students to concentrate on basic shapes and colours.
October 9th, 2009, 08:53 PM
Here is a longer demonstration ( say 2 sessions of 1.5 hours)in a class where I encouraged more of a rounded form approach in students work. I started with a block-in in diluted paint and worked in broad areas of tonal transitions with filberts going fro darkest to lightest values. When I was satisfied with the the tone and colour of the large patches I worked at rounding and suturing the patches of paint with clean filberts.
October 9th, 2009, 09:37 PM
Hope to see more soon
November 11th, 2009, 04:21 AM
here is a drawing I've been working on over five sessions of three hours. I managed to remember my camera for the block in stage and just before the last session in the drawing.
I started with an envelope and a Block in for the first three hours. The following session was just tweeking my block in and adding shadow shapes.
Once I was happy I started from the shadows on the backside and worked the legs. I used chalk pastel for the light areas. i'm starting the painting this weekend!
November 11th, 2009, 05:07 AM
Heres are some progress shots of a paintiing of 7 1.5 hour sittings , I drew with willow charcoal a quick hour and half sketch of my friend Damien. He seemed perfect as he was growing his beard out but I had to move fast as his girlfriend wantd it shaved asap. Fortunately we had three weeks but time was limited for the sittings due to work and commitments etc. So we managed to put in an hour here and there and luckily we share a studio.... each shot is roughly one session of 1 - 1.5 hours on each area. apologies for the poor quality of the last image...
November 11th, 2009, 07:37 AM
Wow, awesome work bro. I really like the Charles Goldie inspired self-portrait. The latest 2 are great. I was looking at that drawing on your website 2 days ago. That last portrait is stunning. I can kinda see something of you in there. At first, before I read the text, I thought he was a relative. The finished version looks great but is a little hard to judge because of the sunken in spots. The chroma in some areas of the beard's shadow versus the parts in the lights has me wondering but it's hard to see atm without a varnish evening things out.
November 11th, 2009, 09:05 AM
these are incredible man.. do you have any tips for someone just starting out with oil paint? id really appreciate it
November 12th, 2009, 03:20 AM
Thanks Tom- yea I agree the chroma jumps around abit in the portrait of damien( no not a relative) he's an artist I share my studio with. You had any leads on value and colour control- I'm really thinking of limiting my palette- i've found the neutral greys you showed me really helpful, but just have to remember to use them from one session to the next- or else the hues jump around to much...
Hi Sweetpea- Jeesh thats a loaded question but I will try my best to answer it :)...hhhhmmm... Apart from the obvious- plenty of time spent drawing helps.
My best tip would be to make sure every step in the painting process- from the first charcoal line and brush mark you put down to the last paint stroke - is considered, contemplated and scrutinised , triple check every move and push each stroke until you have achieved what it is you've set out to do.... paint each stroke as if it were your last...
I try to establish relief of form by making every stroke conform to principles of Action, Gesture and Orientation of form to the light source. I used to paint and loose my way by not having clear principles to adhere too and look for when I was painting.. I've found adhering to a set of strong principles have helped my concentration and attention to form immensely.
For me every painting is a great learning experience.
Hope that helps... and thanks for the question.
March 13th, 2010, 10:01 PM
Due to the fact that it was harder sitting for Samantha in the last two trimesters I felt that quick oil sketches worked better.
March 13th, 2010, 10:04 PM
Here is a class demo
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