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September 4, 2018

The 'Old School Canteen' at the Wilderspin Museum in Barton upon Humber is housing an exhibition "3 Years In".

The exhibition shares the work of some of the artists from John Dent Art groups in Barton, Brigg and Scunthorpe.  It is entitled 3 Years In as the groups have...

July 10, 2018

This video "Portrait Painting From Life by Alex Tzavaras" demonstrates one method artists use to produce portraits, particularly in oils.  It is called Alla Prima where the painting is completed in one sitting.

Oils are typically used due to the time that they rema...

July 2, 2018

The primary meaning of “medium” in portraits is the type of ‘paint’ used to produce the painting.  However, the medium can extend beyond paint to cover pencil, crayon, pastels, ink, computer generated art, fabrics and many other types of exotic materials.

For the sake o...

June 27, 2018

 I have completed a commissioned portrait of a young girl.  Must admit it was a challenge, not just because of her hair falling across her face, but the scale of her features and the subtle glazing required to achieve depth.

I started it off in my normal monot...

June 14, 2018

I have just added a page to the site which is a simple guide to commissioning artwork  It is not exhaustive or comprehensive, but it is aimed at people who have not done this before and may be daunted by the process.

I hope it is of interest and I welcome comments on ho...

May 10, 2018

After weeks of glazing I have finally finished my painting of "Omar", the Omani Gentleman.

I have learnt so much going through the process and now feel much more confident with the medium.

Although it takes me, considerably longer, I really appreciate the control over th...

April 18, 2018

 Playing with slide show software showing development from acrylic underpainting as oil paints are applied.

April 18, 2018

 Major difference is that I have used my studio lighting set up with DLSR Camera on a tripod instead of my mobile phone camera.  However, a layer of glazes has been added more or less across the whole painting to enrich and warm the colours.

Additional work on the...

April 17, 2018

I have set up an account with Fine Art America.  There are a few reasons for doing this:

  • It enables me to sell my artwork in other formats (prints, cards, even mugs!).

  • I can share and sell some of my better photographs in similar formats.

  • Fine Art America...

April 12, 2018

For many new painters it can be seen as quite a change moving from acrylics to oils and there are plenty of stories about how difficult the change can be, how expensive they are and the potential health risks of working with them.

Although most of my paintings have been...

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Exhibition at the Wilderspin Museum

September 4, 2018

Portrait painting in Oils - Alla Prima

July 10, 2018

What is a portrait “medium” and which is best?

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