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I'm a full time artist living and working in West Yorkshire, UK.
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Lynn Lee by Dick The tighter you squeeze, the less you have. Zen saying Paintings and drawings by Barry, Catherine, Cathy, Roger, Sandra, Sue, Tom, Tony and featured artist Dick. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at tomwoodartist
Steve by Bren FIRST IMPRESSIONS The other day, as I often do, I walked along the river from Bolton Abbey to Cavendish Pavilion where I had a coffee. At the table next to me was an infant in a high... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2014 at tomwoodartist
Thank you Dick, you've got me thinking about how as artist's we might think about 'failure' and it's opposite, 'success'. Both are in inverted comma's because neither is a fixed concept, they are both relative but to put the semantics to one side I do understand the feelings of frustration and irritation when something that should work doesn't. I'm not going to pour out the usual panacea that after all it's all in the eye of the beholder etc,etc, blah, blah. That's no good. The problem is we often start out with a model of the work pre-imagined as it were, that influences the materials we choose, the scale etc and all the other choices we make. The conflict then becomes one between the imagined model, the reality before our eyes and the level of skill available to us. Each of these three elements will vary and at some point the model may have to be abandoned, a new skill acquired, reality questioned and maybe even re-interpreted. In other words your route through the work has to be one of great flexibility, you have to be brave and seize opportunities when they present themselves and not blindly follow what might have become an increasingly unhelpful road map, one conceived when anything seemed possible. You also have to learn something from the dastardly politicians and re-cast the work when necessary. What was going to be a finished piece becomes a study, or underpainting, a sketch maybe, or even just a ground for a different painting. No time spent painting is wasted and no painting has to be a failure, even though on first glance and maybe even on reflection it failed within your parameters, it can always become something else, something stronger, something better, the foundations for success in other words.
Fiona by Dick FAILURE IS MY FRIEND - a personal view. The truth is, and I'm not being arrogant, but failure in my past professional, academic and long, long ago sporting life was not something to be contemplated positively. Now,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at tomwoodartist
Nikki by Roger H and Roger S If there's an elephant in the room, I would like to be the mahout sat astride it's broad leathery neck. Not a nasty mahout with a sharp stick prodding and threatening but a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2014 at tomwoodartist
Sandra's Shed by Sue In the confessional spirit of a recent posting I was once more reminded of that day many, many years ago when I became a man. It seems so long ago now, back in the days when... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2014 at tomwoodartist
Roger by Roger S Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do. Edgar Degas Paintings and drawings by Catherine, Dick, Haydn, Ivan, Martyn, Mati, Patrick, Roger H, Sue D-Y. Sue, Tom and featured artist... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2014 at tomwoodartist
David by Tom detail I was a virgin until last Saturday........ a Portrait Day virgin that is. I have attended many 2-3 hour life drawing sessions but never a whole day! Like many a virgin I was nervous, apprehensive but... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2014 at tomwoodartist
Kay by Sue Sometimes a change really is as good as a rest. Sue has used drawing as a tonic from her recent immersion in oil. As you know I'm drowning in the stuff, day in, day out it's oil... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at tomwoodartist
Thanks for the blog Russell and your perceptive comments although being cast as an 'Old Lag' was bittersweet as it seems only last week I was exhibiting my work and being written about as a promising 'young artist', this gently shaded into just 'artist' which then became 'senior artist' and now I'm finally parked in the knacker's yard as an 'old lag'. It will take me awhile to adjust to this new role but meanwhile I'll just shuffle into the corner and have a think about it and try and remember who the hell the Prime Minister is.....! I also thought David was a superb, inspiring model and even better we have the opportunity to try and capture his elusive looks one more time in the forthcoming 'Portrait Day', email Tony to see if places are still available,
David Two by Teresa Monoprint and pastel on paper PAINT A PICTURE, IN NOT MORE THAN 1000 WORDS……… It occurs to me that writing this blog bears many similarities to our prime activity of life drawing and painting, notwithstanding that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at tomwoodartist
Jaz by Ian On Thursday evenings at Redbrick, we have a nominal two and a half hours for our session of Life Drawing – it always seems to be referred to as Life Drawing, whether we paint or, in rare... Continue reading
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Jannine by Frank My life drawings are going to pot and I think I know why. Over the last year or so I've tried to incorporate the results of Thursday evening into my broader practice, to make my time with... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2014 at tomwoodartist
Joseph by Sandra ‘Jeunesse Doree’ by Gerald Leslie Brockhurst, photo by Ian I had the unmistakable feeling that my doleful, evening disposition and the prevailing ambience in Thursday’s life drawing session were somewhat out of kilter. Our model was Joseph... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at tomwoodartist
Thanks Catherine, I think Nikki is a great model, I find her inspiring so it's always annoying when you feel you've let the model down. My work was dreadful and the only consolation I find is that I have a method which allows me to work over the painting until eventually I get something I find acceptable. So now my poor painting of Nikki is beneath a half decent painting of Helen done on Saturday - I think in legal circles it's known as 'burying the evidence', from now on I'll think of myself as the Patio Painter! Martyn made a handsome drawing and Roger S seemed to effortlessly make another of his terrific watercolours, he must have quite a collection now, enough for a good exhibition I would have thought.
Helen by Sue A LA RECHERCHE……… Russell Lumb Even the past month constitutes lost time; stretching back into the period when artistic endeavour and forward momentum were taken for granted, at least by me. Alec Salmond was yet to have... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2014 at tomwoodartist
Nikki by Catherine Whilst watching a TV programme recently about the art of Walter Sickert I was interested in a comment made by one of the female contributors to the programme. She stated that she could tell that the prostitutes... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at tomwoodartist
Oil painting of Steve by Dick “The day is coming when a single carrot, freshly observed, will set off a revolution.” Paul Cezanne Paintings and drawings by Anne, Barry, Cathy, Ian, Ivan, Mati, Roger, Sandra, Sue D-Y, Sue, Tom, Tony... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at tomwoodartist
I know exactly what you mean Jane about the etiquette of the life room, we all play our clearly defined roles with the boundaries although unspoken well defined. Thursday was distinctly odd which with my generous hat on I would say suffered from an excess of enthusiasm as we were surveyed and unnecessarily encouraged, all a bit disconcerting. With my Angry hat on I found the experience annoying and to be honest more than a bit uncomfortable, it was also confusing and to be honest in retrospect I wish I'd been a bit more forceful reminding our visitor that people are working and require to be left alone. Rest assured we'll make sure there is no repeat performance! I would like to say my drawing suffered due to circumstances but to be honest I think it was just poor, I was tired with my mind elsewhere.
CHRIS - A young woman with a prematurely arthritic right knee daydreams contendedly whilst a zeppelin explodes just above her head. The plan was to make use of the time to depict model and studio environment as a whole entity.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at tomwoodartist
Lynn Lee by Jane The life room at Redbrick is an exceptional space. I go to other life drawing groups which offer different challenges like the thirty, one-minute poses, or the four short poses, but the Redbrick experience is unique.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2014 at tomwoodartist
Joseph by Stephen I just love working from Joseph, I know it might seem a little unfair to say that but there is a good reason to voice it out loud and it comes down to one word......STRUCTURE. When a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at tomwoodartist
Thanks Russell for a thoughtful reply, I suppose my enthusiasm did run away but just like the Freud retrospective, I suspect Auerbach will be confirmed as the major artist I'm convinced he is. The press will use the thick paint as the hook to hang their opinions on but the point I'm making rather ineptly is that the paint is only part of the story. The process, the belief and the commitment are all equally important. Auerbach is also a rare link to an earlier world of art, an inter-War world inhabited by Bomberg, Lewis, Nash, Spencer and all the way back to Sickert. In Auerbach we see the last residues of those values associated with early Modernism, the values allied to intensive study, direct connection to the motif and the primacy of paint, all things that still thankfully linger in the life room.