B&W paintings from 2016

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1609 Bouguereau Ladies (2016) oil on paper 38 x 48cm

Now that I’m painting in black and white again, it’s making me think about the black and white paintings I made last year when I first started painting. For the first nine months I used only black and white. Here are some of the paintings from that time.

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1601n Legs Balls (2016) oil on paper

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1602d Rock Pool (2016) oil on paper

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1602jj (2016) oil on paper

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1602jjj Heels Hand (2016) oil on paper

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1602w Reclining Female Nude (2016) oil on paper

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1603u Nude Female Torso Trans (2016) oil on paper

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1605oo Woman Legs (2016) oil on paper

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160727b (2016) oil on paper

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3 thoughts on “B&W paintings from 2016

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  2. loving these – are they some you just got out the feathers and went for it without a plan? I don’t get the Bouguereau reference Liam – even though I googled him. And that one is just startling and works – hey, I’m diminishing the rest. They are diverse, they all sing with confidence. If you are not consciously composing them mate, you are most definitely unconsciously composing them. They aren’t mindless doodles.

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  3. Thanks Philip! I don’t know what “got out the feathers” means. Bouguereau painted the portrait that I was working from: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0f/William-Adolphe_Bouguereau_-_Gabrielle_Cot_-_Sotheby's.jpg.

    That picture generally gets a good response from my friends, artists and non-artists. I’m surprised, because I think of it as kind of a hacky “effect” picture, like a novelty thing. Also, I don’t like copying images, no matter how much I mangle them up.

    But I’m glad you like the others. đŸ˜€ Maybe I need another word for what I mean by “doodle”. I just mean it’s made up as it goes along, so it’s not really mindless, actually in a way it’s more mindful than working from a prepared image, because you’re making decisions all the time. I do think about composition while I’m doing it, and I’m glad it shows, although sometimes I wish I would mess up the composition more in the beginning of the process because then I’d have something interesting to pull against when I’m finishing the picture.

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