My Painting Hero

DSC_0509.JPGFor once we managed to view the John Singer Sargent exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London before the last day, and I am very glad that we did. Even though, or maybe because we had to book a ticket for timed entry (we chose 14:00), there was no queuing and a very relaxed atmosphere.

And every one of his paintings well worth a good look, and another one.

I like his loose stroke for the out-of-focus parts, the background and the frilly bits of the sitters clothes, and I adore his confidence with tonal painting. Just superb.

Go and see the Singer Sargent exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery if you are in London.

New Toys

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Meet my new toys. We finally made it to the Late Turner exhibition at Tate Britain, and at least one good outcome is that I felt a strong urge to get new watercolours. Are they not lovely?
I think they are.

Adrift

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Here’s last night’s doodle. A silly little thing, but quite good fun because I really enjoyed working playing with Corel Painter for Android, the best mobile painting application I have seen so far.

Wacom’s Bamboo is just plain silly. No layers, a fixed and limited palette.

Autodesk’s Sketchbook Pro is quite good but I can’t get it to work on my Nexus 9 (crashes when accepting the license terms), and in the end I find Corel Painter Mobile a lot more flexible, actually working fine most of the time, and well worth £2.75 for the licensed full version. I am happy to pay and happy to play.

Adrift. Silicon stylus on Nexus 7 and Corel Painter Mobile.

Focal Points

arty-farty-01We had a good conversation about what constitutes art, and related subjects.

To take the thought experiment beyond the thought, I present Focal Points.

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