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18/03/2009

SKETCH TO IDEA

FACE 09/21 (2009)
gouache and oil-pastel on paper
19cm x 24cm

Last weekend I finished a lot of pencil sketches from a variety of books on African,Oceanic and Celtic art. I used one of the African carved images as the basis for this colour sketch - which I might render as a bigger painting later. I have done a couple of small watercolours as well - which will probably get posted at the weekend.

I am using some of the technique and colour scheme on a large version of my monotype-self portrait ( already on this blog) - which I started today - possibly with a view to entering it into "Artists and Illustrators" annual competiton. More of that later. I'll post the end-result even if I don't submit it. Hope you like this.Views and feedback welcome.

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9 comments:

  1. I am a big fan of African,Oceanic and Celtic art, and especially face masks......yours is great love the colour.

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  2. Powerful piece Steve. Vibrant colours too.

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  3. Vic and John - thanks to you both - I'm very happy with the colour as well - it does look quite powerful to me - I think the solidity of the mask against the citrus colour accounts for that

    Cheers again, Steve

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  4. all your paintings are cool my dear, but this one is great. i love it.

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  5. Hi,

    it is great to see you using Gouache and oil pastels in this art product.

    powerfull my amigo....

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  6. sensational self portraits Steve!!
    I love your style :)
    please consider listing your blog in the Top Artists Directory..
    if you can send me an image and short bio when you have time that would be beaut :)
    cheers Kim aka laketrees

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  7. Viv - I take that as a great compliment

    Jesse - thanks as well - I am pleased with it - nice to see you stopping by - I've gone back to following you now that blogger have lifted the 200 max limit

    Kim - many many thanks - I will certainly be in touch in the very near future regarding that

    Thanks all again.

    Steve

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  8. I truly love the colors in this piece. The flatness of the gouache and texture of the oil pastel really compliment each other.

    Great works!

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  9. Many thanks Alsion - I have started work on a bigger version of this in acrylic on board - it's coming along ok - just leaving it for a few days - seems to have a real solidity to it

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