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May 25, 2018

In this essay I will explore the last fifty years of state social welfare reform and its impact on society and the arts community. In particular I will focus primarily on the moral sentiments used to shape policy and public perception. Arguing that moral sentiments and...

March 13, 2018

I've played guitar on and off for some years, and had a custom classical guitar made by the late Luthier Antonio Aparicio jr.  He sent me many progress pictures and encouraged me to study the history and building methods of Luthiery. I relished it, and in the last 18 m...

September 21, 2017

Published in 1993 The Fifth Sacred Thing is a Sci-Fi adventure written by neopagan author Starhawk. Set in a post-apocalyptic future, in the year 2048, environmental collapse has devastated the world. The oceans have acidified, plagues have decimated most of humanity a...

June 13, 2017

Framing my paintings helps to maintain the general look and feel to a body of work. At times, I put the frame on a work in progress to gauge the depth of tone and perspective.

When framing, a good mitre saw is indispensable. In my workshop to cut frames I...

March 9, 2017

Today I will show examples of structures within the chin. When form painting my aim for the first twenty minutes is to recognise structures and the effect of light reflecting from the surface. Close at handis my copy of The Dictionary of Human Form by Ted Set...

February 28, 2017

Today I started form painting. I block-in the general shape of structures. I look for large forms and try to understand how smaller structures are stacked upon the larger forms. My initial block-in with colour isn't final.  After about an hour I stitched the structures...

February 28, 2017

Form painting. I developed the structures within and surrounding Frances' eye and nose. My initial underpainting is in neutral grey with slight additions of colour.

Below is my poster study.

February 24, 2017

I usually plan up to ten sittings for a tronie and have completed five with Tony so far. Tony hadn't sat for a portrait before so I spent two sessions ( two hours per session) doing various sketches. It's important not to be anxious about the first session. If you're p...

February 23, 2017

Frances sitting for the portrait. After transferring the drawing I've started the monochrome underpainting.

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February 28, 2017