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tomwood
I'm a full time artist living and working in West Yorkshire, UK.
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Steve by Russell Paintings and drawings by Alex, Cathy, Ian, Ivan, Jane, Mati, Roger H, Roger S, Sandra, Sue, Sumi, Tony, Tracey and featured artist Russell. Continue reading
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Fiona by Patrick Paintings and drawings by Barry, Cathy, Dick, Hadyn, Isi, Ivan, Mati, Roger, Sandra, Steven, Sue D-Y, Sue, Tom, Tony and selected artist Patrick. Continue reading
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Joseph by Hadyn I was cream crackered, shattered, washed out and weary, my legs felt like jelly and my arms like spaghetti, banjaxed I was a shadow of my former self, a weakling, a mere stripling, my bulk masking the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2015 at tomwoodartist
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Paintings and drawings by David, Gerry, Jane, Mati (1 & 2), Sue, Tom, Tony and featured artist Cathy. Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2015 at tomwoodartist
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Helen by Isi Paintings and drawings by Cathy, Dick, Hadyn, Ian, Mati, Roger S, Sue D-Y, Sue, Tom , Tony and featured artist Isi. Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2015 at tomwoodartist
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Roger by Steven Paintings and drawings by Alex, Cathy, Dick, Jane, Patrick, Roger H, Roger S, Sandra, Sue, Tom, Tony and featured artist Steven. Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at tomwoodartist
THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR COMMENTS................... I was 'conflicted' about the introduction of the i-pad into the life room but now I feel the issue is probably wider than that and is really about two things, freedom of expression and the impact of progress in the form of technology. First FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION, we can't and surely shouldn't attempt to limit anyone's freedom of expression, we might have an opinion about it but we have no right to interfere unless it's offensive. Secondly, the IMPACT OF PROGRESS, how can we possibly limit progress, it's ridiculous to even consider trying. We are presently living through an age of tremendous technological changes, much of it exciting, some of it confusing, those developments impact most aspects of our life, of course they will affect art practices, artists after all are innovators not just curators of the past. We can choose not to embrace change, that is our choice but equally we can take advantage of new opportunities and again that is our choice, the key word of course is CHOICE. For me one of the great pleasures of sharing in your creativity is the wide variety of ideas and approaches, as a group I think we should resist any temptation to limit our horizons. Our differences make us strong.
Toggle Commented Mar 27, 2015 on Portrait Day Saturday 21 March at tomwoodartist
http://www.jacksonsart.com/blog/2015/03/24/turn-your-tablet-into-an-artists-tool/?utm_source=Jackson%27s%20Art%20Supplies&utm_campaign=0769413bc3-ArtGrid3_24_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_021d76a613-0769413bc3-95755681&mc_cid=0769413bc3&mc_eid=20dd252d32 Okay, I'm a luddite (thanks Hadyn), maybe a deluded romantic, or just downright dumb, the future is here now and my nostalgic bleatings can't and maybe shouldn't hold it back. The i-pad is now a valuable weapon in the artist's armoury and like a camera only a fool would not engage with it, it's potential is enormous and it can only help and encourage artists to develop their confidence and creativity. The i-pad has won we can't stop the inevitable march of progress so why not join in and make full use of it, those who don't will be just left behind struggling with outmoded practices and will ultimately look foolish. Look at the link above for further confirmation of how the i-pad is essential for any artist. Exhausted I rest my case, weaker but wiser.
Toggle Commented Mar 25, 2015 on Portrait Day Saturday 21 March at tomwoodartist
from Sumi Cannon I realised after I sent my thoughts re iPad I had also meant to share this extract I recently heard about Oliver Sacks, neuro-scientist, at a conference which I thought spoke to some of the dilemma you were articulating. As a boy Sacks loved the periodic table because it reduced the 'vast and seemingly chaotic universe of chemistry to an all embracing order.' However, he later realises that in stripping everything back to obvious essentials something of the mystery of the process may be lost. In describing a lighting system he installed inside a dark cupboard he wrote 'I was absurdly proud of this little installation. But it's glare penetrated the recesses of the cupboard, and in banishing the darkness, banished its mystery too. Too much light, I decided,was not a good thing - there were some places best left with their secrets intact' Sacks 2001
Toggle Commented Mar 23, 2015 on Portrait Day Saturday 21 March at tomwoodartist
comment from Ann Parkin Hi Tom, Yes I agree that it was surprising that the ipad came out on the programme and no-one said anything at all about it at the time. I have always used life drawing as a place to practice accurate observational drawing. I’ve never expected during the rather brief 2 – 3 hours that I usually spend on a session, to end up with something completely satisfactory. There are always bits that work well and others that don’t, I think that only once in many years have I produced something I’ve really liked enough to put a frame around it. So I use a life drawing session to hone skills..hand eye co-ordination, quick colour mixing etc. An ipad or camera is useful if you are intending doing further work on the composition after the model has disappeared or you are at home. Then I imagine it is like a photograph, an invaluable tool. I suppose (and if no-one objects) you are in a competition to win a prize of some kind, it does mean that you will probably do a better job especially if you are not very familiar with life drawing, as some of the problems will have been solved for you by a flattened image on an ipad. It seems hardly fair unless all the competitors are given an ipad. A bit of a messy situation, I was surprised that the judges didn’t pick up on it. By the way which of the artists used the ipad….can’t remember! However for a group such as ours, I don’t think we are in danger of corrupting our artistic integrity as overall, we seem mostly to ‘enjoy’ the journey from start to finish however we choose to work on it, or we wouldn’t keep turning up for more! It’s the journey, not the destination that is important isn’t it?
Toggle Commented Mar 23, 2015 on Portrait Day Saturday 21 March at tomwoodartist
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Chris by Hadyn There has been a seismic shift in the life room, a velvet revolution and I can pinpoint the exact moment it arrived. Watching the SkyArts, ‘Portrait Artist of the Year Award’ one of the contestants silently slipped... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2015 at tomwoodartist
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Lynn Lee by Ivan Paintings and drawings by Alex, Barry, Dick, Frank, Hadyn, Jane, Patrick, Sandra, Tony and selected artist Ivan Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2015 at tomwoodartist
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Fiona by Alex With time and frequent practice I realise I am becoming more familiar and therefore a little less daunted by the various and often conflicting mental and emotional phases which occur in the development of a piece of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2015 at tomwoodartist
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Kay by Russell MELDREW SEES THE LIGHT by Russell Lumb Yesterday I arrived at Redbrick dog tired from days of concentrated activity, ticking off urgent items from a seemingly endless list; family, housekeeping, business and artistic demands, no different in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2015 at tomwoodartist
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Joseph by Isi Paintings and drawings by Alex, Barry, Cathy, Dick, Hadyn, Ian, Patrick, Roger H, Sandra, Steven, Sue, Tom, Tony and featured artist Isi. Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2015 at tomwoodartist
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John by Roger H Roger H has spent many years taking photographs and his skills and knowledge in that field extend back to a pre-digital age, a time when you could spend many hours in the eerie red light of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2015 at tomwoodartist
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detail by David ART ANGST by David Mace This weekend we were a very small group practicing our skills with our special model Fiona and our customary dedication. There have been so many searching blogs which review the outcomes of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at tomwoodartist
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Roger by Sue (detail) Paintings and drawings by Catherine, Dick, Hadyn, Ian, Jane, Roger H, Sandra, Sue D-Y, Sue, Sumi, Tom and Tony. Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at tomwoodartist
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Jaz by Jane I recently watched the video (circulated by Tom) of the Perceptual Painters from Pennsylvania for the third time and I want to use the blog this week to try and explain – at least to myself –... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2015 at tomwoodartist
Here's an updated life drawing diary for the coming weeks. Please note there are still a few places available for the 2-day session on 21st & 22nd Feb. If you would like to join us please e-mail or book online... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2015 at tomwoodartist
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Becky by Russell MOMENTUM by Russell Lumb Most activities benefit from a little forward motion; success breeds success whilst inertia kicks its heels until something kicks its arse. Perhaps we are only issued with a set quantity of momentum, and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2015 at tomwoodartist
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Kay by Sandra Paintings and drawings by David, Hadyn, Patrick, Roger H, Roger S, Sue, Tom, Tony and selected artist Sandra. Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2015 at tomwoodartist
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Fiona by Ivan Well, OK can we at least agree that I didn't mean to do it, surely we can settle on that. I know it's my painting and OK technically my hand held the brush and yes there was... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2015 at tomwoodartist
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Mike by Patrick Paintings and drawings by Barry, Catherine, Cathy, Fiona, Hadyn, Ian, Jane, Sandra, Tom, Tony and selected artist Patrick. Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2015 at tomwoodartist
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Helen by Isi Paintings and drawings by Barry, Cathy, Haydn, Ian, Ivan, Sandra, Sue D-Y, Tom, Tony and selected artist Isi. Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2015 at tomwoodartist