In the past nude studies would have been used for grand compositions. And Life drawing has been seen as essential training for artists. While a few current artists specialise in nudes as a subject ( e.g. Lucien Freud, Jenny Saville etc) the majority of life drawing stays unwanted in sketchbooks. I wanted to do something further with my life drawings than just filling up numerous sketchbooks to keep my drawing skills honed. The development of these drawings took place over a year starting with various life models and then plants and animals sketched at Bristol Zoo. The subject of Adam and Eve was suggested by my friend Tim. Both Eden and apple were shown for the first time on the 2021 BS9 Art trail.
All four of my submissions have been selected for the 111 th Open Exhibition of Clifton Arts. Runs from 31st July to 15th August at the Undercroft, Victoria Methodist Church, Whiteladies Road, Bristol. Here framed are Shepherds Hut, Wrington, 2020, and Upper Tullochgrue Farm, Rothiemurchas, 2019. I usually like to leave my oils at least a year before framing and exhibiting so they have properly dried.
Towards Nash Point -The Glamorgan Heritage coastline. C.Lamb. Oil .5 May 21. 8x8". Welsh artist Huw Richards Evans gave us an interesting demo on Zoom of his technique painting on a black priming to start. This weeks challenge was to paint a Pembrokeshire seascape on a black priming. www.huwrichardsevans.com
Autumn Clour, Sneed Lodge, Old Sneed Park. C. Lamb. 24 Oct 2020. Watercolour. 8x8". Making a list of all the challenges to decide which to enter into the exhibition I discovered I have missed out no 32 so subsequent challenges are wrongly numbered. That one was to enter a work into the Club card competition. I am painting the thatched cottage from the car on the opposite side of the road to the Postbox oil.
Cheddar Gorge. Oil. 16th April 2021. 16" X 12"- Larger than normal. The first chance to go to my favourite place to paint was once stay at home restrictions were lifted on 12th April. It was going to be my limited palette vegetation painting but I couldn't get the lids off some of the requested colour tubes. Plus not much vegetation Although the sun shone it was a nippy wind so I did this from the car.
trying to paint on top of a cliff in november