I'm lucky enough to have two articles Published in the summer edition of Leisure Painter magazine. The first, 'Good Habits' is about drawing:
'Be inspired by Steve Strode as he takes you through the process of buying and using one of our most important tools, the sketchbook. Don't restrict yourself to pencil either, he says, as he uses a variety of media, including cocoa, to render his drawings.'
The second is part eight in the colour series.
'Summer's here and if you enjoy painting landscapes and seascapes, the colour blue can't be ignored. Here's how to use this primary colour confidently, with Steve Strode.'
Thanks to Adebanji Adelade for his contribution on drawing in public for the first article; check out his blog for further inspiration on
We're doing self portraits at my adult classes this week so I decided to have a go myself. I should do more of these small studies when I'm struggling to find a subject.
I remember seeing a Morecambe and Wise sketch with Andre
Previn. Eric Morecambe said of his poor piano performance, ‘I’m playing all the
right notes...not necessarily in the right place.’ I think I have all the right
features...not necessarily in the right place.
I’ll go with John Singer
Sargent’s definition of a portrait, ‘It’s a likeness of someone where the nose
isn’t quite right.’
On the bright side, a friend wants it for their fire place...apparently they haven't got a fireguard to keep the children away...bum bum. The old one's are the best.