memoirs, art and fragments by Thomas Milner

Archive for January 30, 2013

Some of my latest therapy

Every evening after dinner I wheel myself to (what these days I unblushingly refer to as my) atelier. Recently I’ve been reviewing all my sketches and paintings and stuff from way back.

I touched up here, tweaked there, I snipped and pasted, trimmed off and recoloured backgrounds, heavy with the marker; it was great fun, better than having to think up a new idea.

This was a cut & paste job on  blue paper:

STILL LIFE WITH FRUIT

STILL LIFE WITH FRUIT

This was supposed a «father figure» (My dad had a beard).

ELDERLY MAN

ELDERLY MAN

Here’s (literally) cut and paste, making quite an effective colour contrast:

FLOWER

Here is a foray into the unfamiliar world of wax pastel. As one can see I’m a complete beginner and little control  over the medium; (I didn’t mean her neck to be that long).

PASTEL STUDY

PASTEL STUDY

This is rather a risqué little sketch for this place. Again in pastel I used lines etc. to cover up the mistakes.

PASTEL GIRL

PASTEL GIRL

This was (for me) experimental – bit of a confusion, bit of a mess, I didn’t where I was going – great fun though.

ORGANIC WOOD

ORGANIC WOOD

Another fast water-colour sketch:

SKETCH

SKETCH

This one originally was so bad that I did another painting on the reverse of sheet of paper (thick gummed A3 paper which can acrylics) so you get two for the price one.

CLASSICAL STATUE

CLASSICAL STATUE

So this one is on the side of the paper; it’s just a glorified doodle really but great therapy – very calming.

PORTRAIT

PORTRAIT

One doesn’t have to Tom Hanks (or Tom’anks as they say in Portugal) to understand the symbology of this one.

MALE - FEMALE PATTERN

I lovingly repaired this one from about four years ago. I discreetly touched up the colours without spoiling the spontaneous composition.

LIFE'S LITTLE DRAMAS

LIFE’S LITTLE DRAMAS

Depends what kind of mind you have when you view this one.

SAM_1921

CABIN CREW

CABIN CREW

this last one isn’t really a painting but a piece of cardboard which I would use at the end of each session to use up the paint – waste not want not.

 

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