Friday, 23 November 2012

Giovanni Boldini (1842 - 1931)

Giovanni Boldini's (1842 - 1931) landscapes, still-life's and interiors.

La porta verde, 1873, Oil on board, 19x24.5 cm

Strada a combs-la-ville, 1873, Oil on canvas, 70x102 cm

Le lavandaie, 1874, Oil on board, 32.3x51.6 cm

Interno a Versailles, 1875, Oil on board, 26x35 cm

L'allee des rois a Versailles, 1875, Oil on canvas, 34x56 cm

Epicerie a montmartre, 1876, Oil on canvas, 37x49 cm

La colonnade a Versailles, 18889, Oil on board, 64x52 cm

Un angolo della mensa del pittore, 1897, Oil on board, 120x38.5 cm

Navi nel bacino di San Marco a Venezia, 1899, Oil on board, 18x27 cm

Altare della chiesa dei gesuati a Venezia, 1907, Oil on board, 26.5x34 cm

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Henry Yan workshop

Henry Yan gave a wonderful workshop at the Lavender Hill Studios 
Was a 4 day workshop, and because of other commitments i could only attend 2 and a half days... But what i got from that time, and also with the help of other peoples notes (thank you Francis), i learned more than i could hope for.

My work done in the workshop ( willow charcoal on packing paper)

After the workshop (willow charcoal, white chalk on packing paper)

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

First oil Portrait

This was my very first oil portrait. I did it while standing next to a person who had far more experience, which was of great help, constantly reminding me, not to rush in to any detail, to keep it as simple as possible and to avoid unnecessary brush marks. A lesson that is still often forgotten in more recent work.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Studies after John Singer Sargent

Studies after John Singer Sargent's (1856 - 1925)

After John Singer Sargent

After John Singer Sargent

After John Singer Sargent

After John Singer Sargent
After John Singer Sargent

William Turner's (1775 ‑ 1851) Online Sketchbook

More than 30,000 sketches and studies of William Turner in a variety of mediums and subjects. And all this at the tip of your fingertips by visiting the Tate's website.

Santiago Rusiñol i Prats (1861 - 1931)

Santiago Rusiñol i Prats (1861 - 1931), was a post-impressionist Catalan painter and writer.

Anfiteatro verde, 1904-1907, Oil on canvas, 99x135 cm

Carretera en otoño, 1888, Oil on canvas, 80x100 cm

Casa de empeños, 1889, Oil on canvas, 98x131 cm

El patio de mi casa, 1890, Oil on canvas, 73x100 cm

Fuente de Sant Roc, 1888, Oil on canvas, 108x150 cm

Glorieta al atardecer, 1913, Oil on canvas, 82x99 cm

Herrero, 1889, Oil on canvas, 100x67 cm

Interiro con figura femenina, 1890-1891, Oil on canvas, 199x120 cm

Jardín de invierno, 1891, Oil on canvas, 96x130 cm

Paisage con huerta, 1890-1891, Oil on canvas, 85x117 cm

Patio, 1887-1888, Oil on canvas, 55x43.5 cm

Studies after Masters

Pencil studies after the old masters. To make the study in the same medium would be best, but that is not always possible, time-wise, getting permissions, carrying materials, etc.
Pencil allows to focus mainly in, design, composition, value, edges and a restriction to simplify as much as possible.

After Sir Russell Flint

After Isaac Levitan

After Isaac Levitan

After Wojciech Weiss

After Joaquín Torrents Lladó

After Joaquín Torrents Lladó

After Alexandre Calame and Thomas Fearnly

After Akseli Gallen-Kallela and Caspar David Friedrich

En plein air

Painting outdoors is the most amazing experience ...

Monday, 17 September 2012

Study of Malhoa

A sketch study of 'O Fado' by José Malhoa, done during my visit to Museu do Fado

After José Malhoa

José Malhoa (1855 - 1933)

José Vital Branco Malhoa (1855 - 1933), commonly known as José Malhoa was a Naturalist Portuguese painter. Born in a family of farmers April 28th in Caldas da Rainha, Portugal, Malhoa revealed artistic aptitude from early age. At 12, went to the Fine Art school in Lisbon where he studied for 8 years. His dedication and talent were quickly noticed, allowing him to win all the 1st prizes every year. By the end of his studies in Lisbon, Malhoa applied for scholarships to further continue his studies in a foreign country but with little success. And without possibility of a financially support, he is forced to work for his older brother in a clothing store.
Never completely putting his brushes aside, he worked 3 years for his brother, until his work in 1881 (Seara Invadida) was accepted for an exhibition in Madrid where it was extremely well received. It was the end of the clothing store job, dedicated full-time to art since, it was the start of many commissions and exposure that never stopped. Founder and president of the Society of Fine Art, member of Grupo do Leão along side with notorious Portuguese painters of the time (Silva Porto, Columbano, Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro, António Ramalho, João Vaz, Henrique Pinto, Ribeiro Cristino, Moura Girão, Rodrigues Vieira and many others), Malhoa  won endless medals, awards and honours through his life. In 1928 received a National tribute, in 1933 the José Malhoa museum was created. The artist died that same year, 17th of October in Figueiró dos Vinhos. The museum's inauguration was in 28th of April of the following year, the day of his anniversary.
José Malhoa Foundation still exists to this day, to help young upcoming artists.

Self-portrait, 1906, Charcoal on paper, 1906
A Noiva, 1888, Oil on canvas, 61x43cm

Cabeça de velho, 1895, Oil on canvas, 40.5x31.8 cm

Camponesa de Figueiró, 1926, Oil on canvas, 34x27 cm

Cócegas, 1904, Oil on canvas, 67x51 cm

Espantando os pardais da seara, 1904, Oil on canvas, 53x44 cm

Landscape, 1916, Oil on canvas, 15.5x21.5 cm

Lavandeiras or Lavadouro da Mata, 1922, Oil on canvas, 15x21 cm

Lendo o jornal, 1905, Oil on canvas, 32.7x21.2 cm

O Emigrante, 1918, Oil on canvas, 57x49 cm

O Fado, 1910, Oil on canvas, 151x186 cm

Os colegas, 1905, Oil on canvas, 52.5x43 cm

Pensando no caso, 1904, Oil on canvas, 41.5x49 cm

Praia Pequena, 1918, Oil on canvas, 50x63 cm
Varanda dos Rouxinóis, 1914, Oil on canvas, 126x147 cm

Museums with José Malhoa's work in Portugal.
Cada dos Patudos (Alpiarça)
Museu José Malhoa (Caldas da Rainha)
Casa-Museu Dr. Anastácio Gonçalves (Lisbon)
Museu do Fado (Lisbon)