I am enjoying a long weekend, north of the Arctic Circle. The Photo below was taken 20 kilometres north of Kiruna, Sweden. The temperature was -32 degrees! I would not normally post holiday snaps on this blog but the experience was just so magical. You could say that the Sun and it’s solar storms were painting the night sky here on earth, a masterpiece.
Irish artist Louis le Brocquy died last month, I’d forgotten how good he was, I don’t know if he hung out with Bacon and Freud but his work is quite similar. I’m currently learning to paint watercolour portraits the Charles Reid way, Louis le Brocquy has a surprisingly similar watercolour style, …although Charles Reid seems to be more cheerful in personality. Visit: http://www.lebrocquy.com/ Unfortunately his website is difficult to navigate but it’s worth the visit. Louis le Brocquy obituary, in The Guardian
I received two great DVD’s in the post yesterday. Watercolouring by Charles Reid and Alvaro Castagnet. I have watched the Charles Reid film and found it really inspiring, so hopefully you will see a big improvement in my watercolouring very soon! It would be nice to go on a watercolour course with these guys but I could not afford it. I recommend these tutorials to anyone who is interested in improving their skills. Not recommended for beginners. Go here if you would like to see more tutorial videos from APV.
I finished this lunchtime sketch of Arnold Schwarzenegger eventually. It took me 5 lunches to complete, that’s about 30 minutes each time so I guess it took two and a half hours to finish. I got bored with this early into the execution but I stuck with for practice reasons. Personally I want to be more expressionistic with my art and not so detailed. Still, I learned a lot, becoming good with watercolour is all about practice, practice and practice.