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I'm a full time artist living and working in West Yorkshire, UK.
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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
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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
Roger by Russell They say, 'You can't teach an old dog new tricks', well I did. I taught our old dog to jump onto a foot stool and then onto the sofa. I know it's not quite Cirque d' Soleil... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at tomwoodartist
Great blog Russell, thank you and I couldn't agree more with you about the Ruben's programme, it was a belter and made me really want to go to Antwerp and look at the originals especially the altarpieces. Coincidentally I'm presently painting a large(ish) painting with three life size figures and looking at Rubens great pulsating, energized figures, made mine look like shop dummies in comparison. It really makes me want to try again and try harder (in a positive, non- Becketian kind of way) and surely that is the mark of great art, it should elevate the spirit and encourage growth not crush and diminish. I think a good New Year's resolution might be a promise to be more POSITIVE, I think I'm going to do my best to make the most of this year and to grab life with both hands and cherish it in the way that Ruben's so clearly did. Thanks again Russell, your blog (as always) has set the bar high and is a great start to the year!
Fiona by Rita BMI FOR WIMPS by Russell Lumb How good does it feel to be back in the studio, renewing the pleasurable struggle with paint, light and model. Little visible evidence of New Year resolution at the off, but... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2015 at tomwoodartist
Richard by Ian "Let them eat cake" ....and indeed, last Thursday night we did (and most of the preceding afternoon!). As the playwright Sean Shakespeare (brother of the more famous William) once said: "if cake be the food of art,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2014 at tomwoodartist
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 Dec 16, 2014 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