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I have now made prints available of the this painting of the little church of Agios Antonios at Megas Yialos on Syros.

You can find them at my website Aegean Light www.aegeanlight.co.uk/agios-antonios.html

Come on over and see the new work there and at www.anotherlight.co.uk as well.

 

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I’ve begun a portrait of my brother Mike the poet who posts verses here under my various paintings. Michael has decided that time of life has been reached when a portrait would be appropriate. I’ve got the job and what a pleasure it is too. Here you see the first working drawing which will be used to lay down the shadows onto the canvas. The technique I am describing in Work in Progress has seldom been so much use to me as with Michael’s image – a face so familiar to me. Any artist will tell you that you have to get past what you think you see and draw and paint what is really there – and what is really there is light. Light and not light. Concentrating purely on the shadows absolutely liberates you from the psychological effect of the image. There were several times in creating this drawing that I lost sight of where I was but persisted in studying only the enlarged portion I was working on and transferring it to the paper via a grid. It is to be recommended – I have just completely rediscovered a face I have known quite literally since the day I was born.

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The first drawing of Ted the Elder is now ready and you can read about the ongoing story of this developing work on Work in Progress (see the tab at the top of the page here)
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I’ve updated Work in Progress with the next stage of the Two Teds portraits. I’ve worked a bit more on Theo’s drawing and am much happier with it now. It looks much more like him (compare with the post below).
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I’ve started work on my very first portrait, a commission to paint an uncle and his nephew, both called Ted.

I’m very excited about it and I intend to document my progress here (reckless idea probably). If you go on over to Work in Progress you can see the first stage happening in a series of photographs and explanations. Watch this space to see the work as it develops.

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