In the footsteps of Soutine

    Next week, I will be leading a group of artists at a workshop in Céret, a town in the foothills of the French Pyrenees. I have been visiting Céret for 16 years, and continue to find it very inspiring, so I thought I would relate a thing or two about this magical place. … Continue reading In the footsteps of Soutine

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Studio motivation

Motivation is a difficult subject, because it is so personal and varies greatly from artist to artist. Needless to say, there is no perfect regime or guaranteed recipe for productivity, and this is one of the most interesting things about art. Frank Auerbach famously took one day a year off from painting, until eventually he … Continue reading Studio motivation

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Notes on painting a portrait

I have always looked at people as the subjects of art, but I arrived at portraits late in my journey as an artist. The catalyst was a catalogue from a 2006 exhibition at the Met, Glitter and Doom, where I rediscovered German art from the interwar period, and especially the work of Otto Dix and … Continue reading Notes on painting a portrait

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