This pastel painting was my best effort yet I think and I really enjoyed using the pastels Dad has passed onto me. Again, it’s not perfect but even I think it’s quite good!
Ok next up..we added a bit of colour….mostly blue! I ran out of time in class to finish..the idea being you paint the blocks of light and shade. This was as far as I got and I think it’s pretty obvious who it is. Hahaha!
Dominic West obv
Jodie Foster became my muse….I think this pencil sketch is ok but it doesn’t look quite like Jodie , no matter how I try! I am enjoying the challenge of working out why it doesn’t quite look like the person it’s meant to be.
I went to Crete and practiced my sketching with this local fella. It’s quite good but afterwards I learned that I approached his moustache wrong. I should have left it largely blank but pencilled in the gaps between the hairs. Lesson learned.
At long last I’ve joined a local art group on a Friday morning. It’s great fun and I’ve been enjoying learning and experimenting. This term we’ve been doing portraits. I hope we will see some progress.
First class…self portrait…no tuition yet so a good way to tell if we get any better! In my opinion , this looks like someone, just not necessarily me!
Here’s another Lakeland view by Dad. Another favourite spot for a picnic. I think this maybe an acrylic.
This fairly large picture is oil on canvas painted by Dad (Ken Allen) in 2013. Dad first painted this picture about 25 years ago after a family holiday down in Devon. The original used to hang in Mum and Dad’s lounge and was much admired. So after giving the original to my brother, Pete, Dad painted this new version.
Dad’s recollection of the holiday was that he and Mum actually stayed across the river from Newton Ferrers (in Noss Mayo) and only Pete and my cousin Julian were with them. Dad enjoyed sailing on the river here but decided not to join in the annual boat race around the riverside pubs. Probably wise as the men had to drink a pint in every pub and the ladies a half.
This painting was completed based on some rough sketches he originally made and photos.
So for Christmas I got Dad and myself some new toys. A whole load of Chinese painting kit. Today I got to play with it and it’s not as easy as you might think. Here is my first effort.