EDNA RUNS LONDON MARATHON – PAINTING


OIL PAINTING FOR BANKSIDE GALLERY EXHIBITION

This is the completed painting which I have submitted for inclusion in the South London Women Artists exhibition

LONDON MARATHON PAINTING

EDNA RUNS LONDON MARATHON

This painting is oil on canvas. It includes, in a loose and vivid way, the scene of the London Marathon in 2011, when passing near Westminster Tube Station and the Houses of Parliament, London.

You can see I have selected to paint one of the elite female runners, Edna Kiplagat from Kenya.

My working drawings were done in pencil, on the day last April when I visited the Marathon.

Marathon pencil sketch

PENCIL SKETCH LONDON MARATHON 1

PENCIL SKETCH MARATHON

PENCIL SKETCH LONDON MARATHON 2

I also used some of my photographs for extra details, since I could not capture all the activity and the various vignettes of activity going on.

 

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LONDON MARATHON 2011 – NEW PAINTING STARTED


I went to see the London Marathon last April on a lovely sunny day.

Standing near the Winston Churchill statue at Westminster, I did some drawings and took photos.

Here are some of the sketches I have collected together to use in my new painting.

SPECTATORS LONDON MARATHON 2011

DRAWING 1 LONDON MARATHON

DRAWING 5 LONDON MARATHON SPECTATORS

DRAWING 5 LONDON MARATHON SPECTATORS

DRAWING 3 LONDON MARATHON SPECTATORS

DRAWING 3 LONDON MARATHON

OPEN STUDIOS EXHIBITION – 8/9 OCTOBER AND 15/16 OCTOBER


MERTON ARTS TRAIL, LONDON SW19 AND SW20, OPEN 10.30 AM TO 5.30 PM

Paulina is taking part in this Open Studios event, along with other local artists. She will be opening an exhibition of her own paintings and prints in Poplar Road, Merton Park. Why not bring your children along to see these colourful and representational paintings and prints, many of them already framed?
Please contact her for more details if you need to know to how to get there.

sportsart@hotmail.co.uk

The oil paintings are all those made recently, with a theme of sports-related events. Typical is the painting of Jamaican Beach Volleyball, and the small oil painting entitled ‘Marathon Legs, Emmanuel Mutai’ which is on show at the Bankside Gallery, London South Bank in the LONDON LIVES competition exhibition, until Sunday, 18 September.

GREETINGS CARDS

Paulina will also have some greetings cards for you to look at, from reproductions of her sports paintings.

Some of the paintings you can see are on the main page of this web site, here “https://sportsportraitartist.wordpress.com/”

MERTON ARTISTS

Details of the 80 artists taking part in this Open Studio event, the first to be held in the Borough of Merton, are listed in the catalogue, which we can send you, if you get in touch by email with your address.

This is the web site for Merton Arts Trail  . You can also print off a copy of the Merton map, showing studios that will be open, from this Merton Arts Trail website.

MEET ARTISTS IN THEIR STUDIOS

It is an exciting opportunity to meet artists in their studios, and Paulina is looking forward to your visit. Please note that parking is free in the road at weekends. The nearest station is Morden, on the Northern Line, or Wimbledon on the District line and overhead rail, with links to Waterloo and Clapham Junction. After you have visited Paulina’s studio there are a couple of other open studios within a few minutes walk.

EXHIBITION LONDON LIVES AT BANKSIDE GALLERY


THE BANKSIDE GALLERY, SOUTH BANK, LONDON will have an exhibition showing my painting.

The exhibition runs from 9 to 18 September 2011.

There will be 100 works from 100 different artists. The theme of the LONDON LIVES exhibition is ‘Travel’.

This is the second year of the competition. Last year I showed my painting of the Smithfield Nocturne cycle race.

This year my oil painting is Marathon Legs – Emmanuel Mutai.

The winning entry in this competition will have their work transferred to a display near Blackfriars Station.

MARATHON LEGS - EMMANUEL MUTAI

BEACH VOLLEYBALL LEAP -OIL PAINTING FINISHED


This is the second new painting, oil on canvas, 30cm x 40 cm. I call it Beach Volleyball Leap.

Beach Volleyball Leap

VOLLEYBALL LEAP, OIL PAINTING

The reference for this painting is pencil sketches made when on holiday in Jamaica last year. The beach volleyball was very popular and I enjoyed sitting in the sand, drawing the players, who were a different lot each day. It was always mixed girls and guys, and some players were very good. All were enthusiastic! I took a lot of photos too. I tried to capture the luscious greens of the trees and shrubs growing in the grounds of the resort, with the beach sand bright from the setting sun.

beach volleyball, detail painting

BEACH VOLLEYBALL PAINTING, DETAIL

NEW OIL PAINTINGS COMPLETED – VOLLEYBALL AND IRISH GUARDS


I have now photographed my new paintings in oil.

Irish guards band and girls at the Polo

Irish Guards Band and Girls, Windsor Polo

Polo in Windsor Great Park, and Beach Volleyball in Jamaica.

The largest oil painting I have given the title Irish Guards Band and Girls, Windsor Polo, it was a really difficult painting! I used sketches which I had made of the Cartier polo match of 2008, when Dubai and Broncos were the teams involved. In addition to this, I used photos taken last year, 2010, at the same Cartier match, but with the band of the Irish Guards playing, and showing some of the spectators, including the very pretty girls, with their cameras. The uniform of the Guards Bandsmen was particularly difficult to paint. What interested me was the brilliance of the colours at this spectacle, the atmosphere of an exciting sporting event and the dynamism provided by the contrast between the highly disciplined guardsmen and the excited spectators (who no doubt had had some ‘bubbly’, as is usual at the polo event of the year)

OIL PAINTING OF IRISH GUARDS BAND AND GIRLS, POLO

IRISH GUARDS BAND AND GIRLS, DETAIL

AFFORDABLE ART FAIR – BATTERSEA PARK


AFFORDABLE ART FAIR, BATTERSEA PARK IN MARCH 2011, ART OVERLOAD!

This was the place to go last weekend, to see too much art – art overload!

It is not a place to see great art, or even much good art. Its a marketing place, where galleries set out their wares.

You, the customer, are enticed to stop and look. Much of what you stop and look at is actually a load of rubbish.
Here in the marquee were predominantly paintings and prints, with a bit of sculpture and ceramics. and a little bit of three-dimensional stuff.
I did not see any video or installations.

ART MARKETING BY AAF

The market for this kind of low key art must be huge. The organizers, who are called The Affordable Art Fair, AAF for short, are based in Putney, South West London, and I remember when Will Ramsay first started up – the marketing ploy being ‘Affordable Art’, so it was cheap and cheerful. Now its not so cheap, the maximum price was (I seem to recall) £4,000.

Being professional, the AAF have prospered and hold Art Fairs in Battersea, London, in March and October, and now are planning an Art Fair in Hampstead in North London in late October. Also they have fairs in New York, Amsterdam, Melbourne , and in Bristol in the UK.

DERIVATIVE WORK

Regarding the art on display, I saw nothing new or exciting. Most work seems derivative. Possibly this is because that is what people are comfortable with, hanging on their walls. They want to look at something that seems like a Marc Chagall or Gary Hume. Of necessity, the majority of the works are either large or medium size, not the gigantic stuff that the posh galleries show – I am thinking works by Dexter Dalwood, for instance, whose works were hung last year in the Tate Britain, during the Turner Prize exhibition.

At the time of my visit, sales seems fairly brisk, and I watched one lady decide to buy – on consultation with her husband about where to hang the piece – a horrific bright orange work, of an acrylic material – very shiny and of such a repellent texture that I am sure her family will be tempted to put pieces of their chewing gum on it, to give it some humanizing relevance.

SPORTS ART

I am interested in seeing work by other artists which relate to my speciality, sports art, and saw good work by Allan Henderson, showing with the Barn Galleries of Henley on Thames. Photographic representations of rowers and water reflections.

JOTTA AND UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS LONDON

In the entrance to the marquee there was a display of recent Fine Art Graduate work, which was curated by Jotta and University of the Arts, London. I was pleased to see that one work by a friend from college days had been sold. It was a very large oil painting by Chris Golle. Called ‘Hotel Room’ , it measured 145cm x 165cm and had a price tag of £1,650.

VISUAL OVERLOAD

There were stands from far away places, I noticed galleries from Toronto, Vietnam, Sweden, France, Brussels and Spain and I suppose there were others too. It was impossible to walk round all the alley ways of displays – six of them – without getting visual overload.

Being the weekend, there were a lot of kids there, particularly in the cafe. They must have been very bored. It was crowded everywhere, which is good news for the people buying display space – I hope they did make a lot of sales. Unfortunately my impression was the same as on my previous visit, see my previous blog about AAF in 2010. SPORTSPORTRAITARTIST.BLOGSPOT.COM

FUTUREtense GALLERY

This stand was excellent. I enjoyed speaking to the friendly gallery staff and liked the work. They have a website, thefuturetense.net on which they state they are ‘free from the constraints of a fixed gallery space’. I noticed that several galleries there similarly have no actual gallery, presumably they operate in cyberspace?

RUDE GALLERY OWNERS

My impression was that when the proprietor of the gallery ascertained you were not going to buy something (by some clever sixth sense) they were very uninterested in talking to you, and often walked away quite rudely. I did not tell them I am an artist, because I know that puts gallery owners off! Even so, I think people engaged in the art lark should take more of a professional stance when being asked to talk about their experience of the fair and the work that they are representing.

My final impression: a great mish-mash of styles, colours, sizes, sophistication and hopes! So many artists trying to make a living, and so many people with whom who they are trying to engage, who know nothing!

A MODEL MOTORCYCLIST POSES FOR PORTRAIT – BUT NOT NUDE!


Bonneville Triumph - in France

LE MAYNE SEARCHES FOR LA BONNEVILLE

GEOFF POSED FOR HIS PORTRAIT EARLY IN 2008 AND RECOMMENDS IT

“When I was first asked if I would care to model the thought that perhaps naturally, perhaps perversely, went through my head was, “Are we talking nude modelling?”.  Fortunately this idea was quickly swept away as I was asked to model in full motorcycling regalia; quite the opposite in fact.  I had never modeled before in any conscious way.  I think my daughter may have used me once or twice as a subject but only if I happened to have been still at the time.  This time I was told that I would need to attend for several sittings.  As I am now retired, the time restraint was not an issue and it sounded quite interesting.

“Paulina made the sittings very easy as she maintained an easy flow of conversation which made the time pass quickly and also made it easier to concentrate.  She also played some music in the background which was helpful to relax.  I learnt a little of the problems of working in oils as she explained the drying properties of various substances.  After three or four sessions, the bike was required on its own and it was interesting to see how the light conditions changed each time and created some problems for Paulina.

TRIUMPH TIGER MOTORBIKE OWNED BY GEOFF

TRIUMPH TIGER AND GEOFF TOUR FRANCE

THE SITTING

“My first sitting, I call it sitting although standing is what it came to be, was when the crucial decisions had to be made.  As the painting was to be of a motorcycle and myself, there were two elements to consider.  The idea was to capture the pose from a classical work but in a modern context and so the stance that I was to adopt was more or less dictated by the painting that inspired the new picture.  Nevertheless there seemed to be quite a choice as to how this was to be interpreted and that was an interesting aspect to the enterprise.  Not only did the bike and myself have to be positioned but the artist had to have a viewpoint so there were now three things to be set.  Also, in order to maintain the stance over several days, I was given a fixed point to look at.  I was intrigued at how all these things were decided and fixed by the simple technique of chalking on the floor.  It reminded me of fixing locations for sets in plays that I had been involved with over the years.

STANDING STILL

“Having chosen a stance which I thought would be easy to hold I soon discovered that just standing still in one position for any length of time is not so easy.  I was used to standing for long periods from my previous work as a teacher but this time it needed to be quite still.  I had agreed to sit for an hour and that was beginning to sound like an awfully long time.  I needn’t have worried as Pauline had thought of all this.  She broke the sitting up into roughly ten minute slots.  Even so, after probably only a minute I became acutely aware of a tension in my calf.  It was not a bad pain and I was easily able to endure it but it was always there.  I thought that as the hour wore on, it would ease but in fact after starting each period of posing, the same pain would return. It went away as quickly as it had come fortunately.  I now appreciated the thought that had gone into getting the first pose a comfortable one that I would be able to sustain.

PLEASING END RESULT

“The end result was very pleasing and had certainly captured me as a motorcyclist.  Pauline is intending to make a series of similar paintings, themed around classical paintings. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing and would recommend it to anyone.”

CONTACT PAULINE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT A PORTRAIT OF YOU

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