Wednesday, August 20, 2014

MY UPCOMING WORKSHOP-"Everything I know about Sketching!"


I've been running this sketching blog since 2006 and a lot of my readers have always asked for a hands on practical workshop- So I'm delighted to announce that I'll be holding an intensive one day WORKSHOP on "Everything I know about Sketching!".

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The details are as follows:

Everything I know about sketching: ONE DAY WORKSHOP at Harris Academy, Falconwood on Wednesday, 27th of August, 2014 from 10-4pm.
  • ·         How to develop a sketching habit
  • ·         Everything starts with a sketch -SEE, SQUINT, SHAPES and SKETCH!
  • ·         How to fall in love with your sketchbook.
  • ·         The Power of the Eye-Hand co-ordination
  • ·         Sketching Techniques
  • ·         Working from the model- the PORTRAIT SKETCH, the FIGURE SKETCH
  • ·         Sketching on Public transport- all my tips and secrets, handling the pressure and still having a passion.
  • ·         Sketching in Oil, acrylic, Gouache, watercolour, Coloured Pencils, Ball point Pens and TOM BOW markers, graphite, charcoal....etc-bring any medium you are comfortable with.
  • ·         How to paint from a sketch
  • ·         Urban Sketching-Sketch the world around you

 
THESE ARE MY MAIN BALL POINT SKETCHING TOOLS- A simple BIC Black Ball Point Pen and an N75 TOM BOW dual wash pen.
THESE ARE MY MAIN GRAPHITE SKETCHING TOOLS-A simple stick of Chunky graphite and a Mechanical clutch pencil, preferably 0.5mm 

It’s an Intensive workshop!
Please bring
  • ·         Sketchbooks......empty ready for the filling!
  • ·         Papers assorted loads........
  • ·         Easel (your own easel, if you can’t we have tables available)
  • ·         Any medium to sketch with (pencils, pens, charcoal, watercolour, markers, oil, acrylic, gouache)
  • ·         Notebook (for notes and important points)

MORE SKETCHING TOOLS....



  
Please bring your packed lunch. Tea, biscuits and coffee will be provided. Be fit and ready this is a workshop that will get you inspired and change the way you SEE.

Beware-you might become ADDICTED to SKETCHING!!!

Register at www.adebanjialade.co.uk/workshop or CLICK HERE to register

PRICE: £75 per each participant

If you don't have PayPal facilities you can Email me to confirm your place and send a cheque. You can also Email me by clicking HERE

Locations- making your sketch come to life!

Locations II- Focusing on what makes your sketch interesting!

Faces- Meeting people that interest you on the street and sketching them right there and then....how to make it work!

Faces II- Sketching on Public Transport - enjoying the wonderful people you meet from day to day, without fear or any inhibition.

Sketch Spread usage- Making the complicated less complicated!
Lets get ready to run with it! 





Painting from sketches will  be demonstrated at the workshop!
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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Summerlight, Westfield Park (23) Chelsea Marathon

This is number 23 in the Chelsea Marathon!

Summerlight, Westfield Park, 10" x 8", Oil on board
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It was a summer day and I was really in the grove, I hadn't done plein air for a while and this time I got into that swing!

The whole set-up just before painting starts


I set out to Westfield Park, very near to my studio and I went for the trees, you can never get it wrong with the trees, especially when there's shade, sun and a bit of architecture in the background!

The picture of the scene as the camera sees it from where I was positioned

I set up and sang while I painted! I love painting but this time I just put on my sketching hat and sketched with colour!

Adebanji painting the scene at Westfield Park


The method I used here is called , "OUTSIDE-IN"- where I start with broad strokes of the whole picture and then finish off with details inside the piece.

The full palette and the colours mixed  on the pochade box


My painting Box for those of you who have asked is the Medium Fresh Resistance Pochade Box, just click on the link and see the details.

The materials, everything after the session


SPECIAL QUOTE
"I want you to see things from the realization that your drawing does not need to be a house. the view that you must take is a piece of God's outdoors, that this is shadow and this is light. You ought to be able to tremble before it, and not sit down like a magician and try to make windows." -Hawthorne on Painting

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Two Paintings of Kings Road (21, 22) Chelsea Marathon

21. Summer Light, Chelsea World's End, 10" x 8", Oil on Board

Summer Light, Chelsea World's End, 10" x 8", Oil on Board
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 One of the great places in Chelsea, The Chelsea World's End. I love Chelsea, I love painting these scenes that I see commuting everyday on the way to my studio. 

I just hope I can continue painting these scenes, I see so many different scenes that interest me everyday and I don't think I'll ever run out for scenes to paint in this Chelsea area.

Adebanji painting the Chelsea World's End
In this plein air piece I have used my 6" x 8" guerrilla Thumbbox.

My tripod that I use to prop it up is the MTL9351B Tripod 

My Tripod Head is MH5011

I use brushes from Rosemary Brushes





22. The Flower Shop on Kings Rd (22) Chelsea Marathon


The Flower Shop on Kings Rd (22) Chelsea Marathon, 10" x 8", Oil on Board

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This was painted on a grey day.

The drawing of the scene before the painting commences.




It was one of those paintings that I made sure I nailed the drawing properly and firmly before taking off.

Adebanji's Set up with the completed painting and the scene on Kings Road.
SPECIAL QUOTE
"Plein Air or Outdoor painting, the best way to learn how to see!"- Adebanji Alade

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Thursday, June 05, 2014

The First 20 Paintings and Drawings of Chelsea (My Chelsea Marathon)

This has been a great discovery!

The journey of painting and drawing scenes around  the Chelsea area.

I thought I would have finished these quite earlier than this but I learned along the way that I am better with a slower pace and more quality work. I keep striving to improve and making sure that I get the spirit and the feel of atmosphere or light in any particular scene I approach.

Adebanji Alade's Chelsea Marathon- The First 20 paintings and drawings

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Adebanji painting number 7


Sometimes I just paint a place because I love it, no more, no less. I have painted or drawn places that bring sweet memories. Or places I have passed through that resonate with my spirit.


Adebanji painting number 12

I love Chelsea, the people, the places, the scenes. And hopefully in the next few pieces, I might decide to include people.


Adebanji painting number 3



SPECIAL QUOTE
"Most people think I paint fast. I paint very slowly."-Claude Monet

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Foggy Morning, Chelsea Moorings (20) Chelsea Marathon

This makes number 20!

A sketch of a foggy morning around the Chelsea Moorings.

Foggy Morning, Chelsea Moorings (20) Chelsea Marathon, 10" x 8", Oil on Canvas
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I am a third way through on the marathon!!!

Two-Thirds to go!!!

I have really enjoyed every bit of this marathon, even though it's taken longer than I expected I am really happy with the scenes I have chosen and the way I have started to understand more about how I perceive complicated scenes and the manner in which I have resolved them.

I am ready to keep this going!

There's nothing more fun than getting out there and just enjoying the pleasure of painting outdoors!

Not all the works in this marathon are outdoor paintings but then one thing I have learnt is to keep on giving both the indoor and outdoor pieces the same spirit of the SKETCH! Which is always my goal.

I am also working on improving the Broad Pencil Technique which I have used for this scene.

The initial sketch, Foggy Morning- you see how rapid the lines flow. It's what I love about sketching.


There's always lots and loads to learn, discover and experiment!

Painting is pure addiction and sketching is the mother of all pure addictions!!

Lets get out there and paint Chelsea!!!!

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Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Evening Light, Chelsea Riverside (19) Chelsea Marathon, 10" x 8", Oil on Board

This particular one is number 19 of my series of paintings and drawings of the Chelsea Riverside.


This is a view I really love and I like the way the colours explode when the sun goes down around the Chelsea Moorings.

Evening Light, Chelsea Riverside (19) Chelsea Marathon, 10" x 8", Oil on Board


The reflections are another great feature of this area when the sun is either going up or coming down.

The Initial Sketch- I have made sure that I get the drawing right, I always feel the painting has more hope to succeed when the drawing is right. This is vital!



To capture the light is always the goal and keeping the painting fresh and simplified!

Mid-Way through- I have worked with the "outside-in" technique here blocking in everything from the outside, all the broad shapes and then finishing inside with the details


SPECIAL QUOTE
"More important than talent is desire-The willingness to take the time and make the effort to paint and paint and paint until painting becomes almost second nature."- Harley Brown

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Monday, June 02, 2014

Ashburnham Road, Off Lots Road (18) Chelsea Marathon

This is number 18 of my current series of paintings and drawings of Chelsea.

This street is near to my studio. I have been longing to painting this shop for years and I'm so happy that I have finally done it. It's a shop called FENS. They sell some really trendy antique stuff.

Ashburnham Road, Off Lots Road (18) Chelsea Marathon, 10" x 8", oil on board
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I didn't want the painting to be about only the shop, so when painting it I planned to have a backdrop of the Sofa.com building in it, to create some depth and perspective.

Stage 1- All set to fly! Organization is important, if you notice, all the colours are laid out in a specific order of light to dark and there's enough space to mix clean colours. There's also a nice area for my mediums- LIQUIN, IMPASTO GEL AND MAROGER.


Stage 2- This is where the painting is born, the sketch stage, everything can fall apart here, but once you get the drawing or the sketch right. There's less fuss to worry about. It's then all about painting the shapes. Here, I am working from Inside-Out. which means I finish each area from the inside and move outwards. This is quite different from the outside-in technique of starting with broad shapes and finishing with details. With this style every part gets finished from the word GO!

I think I painted this for exactly 3 hours and I sat to paint with my "Pleinaircycle" parked just opposite the shop on the other side of the road.


Stage 3- It's always good to deal with the background first and slowly whisper your way forward. That is why I have gone for the sky and trees first, then I moved to the White building, the road,  just as if I was traveling from the background to the foreground.


Adebanji painting the piece.

Stage 4- The shop then is the final phase, I took my time to make an impression of it. In Plein-air painting, it is always good to keep asking yourself-HOW CAN I SIMPLIFY what I am seeing? How can I make an IMPRESSION of the REALITY I see. How can I make that impression IN MY OWN LANGUAGE in the simplest manner with the fewest amount of brushstrokes



SPECIAL QUOTE
"Never be in a hurry to finish a painting.....HASTE IS THE ARTIST'S WORST ENEMY"- Adebanji Alade

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Grey Evening Light, Kings Road (17) Chelsea Marathon

This is number 17 in my current series of paintings and drawings of Chelsea.

It's all about the way I see Chelsea and the way the places that really interest me.

This time it's back to Kings Road! You wait for the number 19 Bus at Duke of York Square and none comes, until two come at the same time! That's a typical London Scene!

Grey Evening Light, Kings Road (17) Chelsea Marathon. 10" x 8", Oil on Board
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I love Kings Road and I pass through this Road almost everyday, I could almost paint this scene without looking....I am so attached to this part of Chelsea.

In this piece I have painted from a picture reference I took from a 22 Bus traveling in the opposite direction.

I didn't want to overwork this scene but I wanted it to have a feeling of a work in progress and a work with some feel of motion in it.

SPECIAL QUOTE
"My own palette has been reduced to three primaries and white. I usually add a couple of grays as values to modify color and tone."-Scott L. Christensen

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

The World's End from Cremone Gardens (16) Chelsea Marathon

This is number 16 of my series of drawings and paintings of Chelsea in London.

It's all about the Chelsea I love, the way I see Chelsea!

The World's End from Cremone Gardens (16) Chelsea Marathon, 10" x 8", Graphite on Museum mountboard




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I sat in the studio and I was trying to get some admin stuff done, then I felt this strong inclination to draw!

I just felt like grinding graphite on to Museum mountboard, it was a strong feeling, never felt that way in a long time.

The picture of the scene from where I was sitting.


So I made use of the strong feeling and just before that feeling decided to fly and fade away, I quickly grab my graphite sketching kit and go to the nearest place I can draw.

As I walk from my studio along Lots Road, I stop at Cremone Gardens, take a walk through and once I get to the end near the river bank, I look up and see these lovely buildings crowded by some really nice trees, I make up my mind, that this is going to be my sketching spot!

I do the first part, then I become hungry......

The first stage of development


Then I come back to it later on to finish it up!

Second Stage of development


I started by sketching lightly with the graphite pencils then I used the graphite dust for broad shape washes after which I finished up with strong strokes and darker lines.

SPECIAL QUOTE
"I love the look of an empty spread on my sketchbook. It gets me hungry to fill it........"-Adebanji Alade

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

My Favourites at The Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition 2014

The ROYAL SOCIETY OF PORTRAIT PAINTERS ANNUAL EXHIBITION opened a few weeks ago and I really enjoyed the exhibition as usual. I have always mentioned in my reviews that the exhibition is an education and if you are into figurative art or portraiture or you just love seeing paintings of people-GO THERE! (Mall Galleries, London) It's a revelation!

The selection committee are all top professionals and they have taken time to choose some of the best work in portraiture you can get in the country!

There's 2 days left, so if you happen to be in London get to the Mall Galleries and enjoy the show while it lasts. if you are far away and rely on the internet for reviews on shows like this then enjoy the few I have chosen here. Note that these are just my choices, the one's that struck a chord with me. There are over 210 works but I have only chosen 21-my favourite 21. Hope you enjoy!


1. ANDREW JAMES VPRP Luyiso 40 x 32

ANDREW JAMES VPRP Luyiso 40 x 32
Arguably my best portrait in the Exhibition! For what I like about portraiture-the reality, the mood, the tones, the colour, paint application, the composition, the mark making and the composition.....this is it!
I stood there stunned!

This kind of portrait makes me want to risk my mortgage on a bucket load of oil colours and just paint!

When a painter comes into connection with his innermost desires and he is able to conquer the subtle deception of technique, he goes forth triumphantly to the canvas, fully knowing that there's nothing but victory on the way!

Andrew James is such a deft painter with those qualities I love! I would rather watch him paint than watch England play Nigeria in the World Cup finals in Brazil. This is EXPLOSIVE! I think I love art.....

2. NEIL B HELYARD Ali 16 x 16

2. NEIL B HELYARD Ali 16 x 16
Everyone knows I love sketching, maybe that's an understatement....but I do! Now, whenever a painter brings in that sketching prowess into painting, there's something magical that happens in between.

Neil's drawings are my favourites but I never knew he had those same qualities tucked into his paintings. This piece proves that LESS is MORE!

You don't need to kill the painting, make your statement, make it well, make it comfortably in full confidence and what you get is a result like this. The painting is like mosaic of precious pearls!

I'd have lunch with him, sketch him and tell him to reveal all what goes through his mind while he paints!

A splendid piece!

3. KENNY McKENDRY Art and Reality Portrait of James Simmons 9 x 8

3. KENNY McKENDRY Art and Reality Portrait of James Simmons 9 x 8

Do you love the force of a painting in which every brushstroke tells the story right from the word-GO?!

Then this Kenny piece is what you'll be loving to see!

I like the textured-casual-dragging of strokes, mostly transparent to reveal a glazing alla-prima technique that is stunning to say the least. I love it! It's a small piece but it's mighty!



4. JOHN MURPHY-WOOLFORD Age 45 26 x 26

JOHN MURPHY-WOOLFORD Age 45 26 x 26

Self Portraits are really not my strongest trait, but when you have to stare at yourself for long, you begin to wonder whether your face is actually yours or not!

John's painting has lovely brushwork, it's his handwriting with paint that I love, you can feel the paint and something tells you this was nailed to the core. It looks so uncompromising and true!

5. KEITH BREEDEN Sketch 1 20 x 16

5. KEITH BREEDEN Sketch 1 20 x 16


The picture doesn't do this one justice.

Every stroke is carefully laid in a Cezanne like manner. Wash upon wash, mark upon mark....until the whole face looked upon as a whole is simply a masterpiece!


6. VALERIY GRIDNEV  Piotr- Father of my Friend 24 x 40

6. VALERIY GRIDNEV  Piotr- Father of my Friend 24 x 40
The picture does do this one justice too, but I so much love the way he has composed this piece.

How the main facial features are all in the shade and the way you just can almost hear him thinking so deeply. This is what true painting does......says more than a million words!

7. JEFF STULTIENS Cindi Goodridge (Bajan Portrait Series) 30 x 24

JEFF STULTIENS Cindi Goodridge (Bajan Portrait Series) 30 x 24

My Tutor, the man who re-ignited my sketching passion!

I love this work because it's a lesson on drawing more than painting!

He paints so deliberately you think he does it with a knife!

Every colour shape is carefully observed a laid down next to the other- and the whole piece just sings!!!

Can you hear the music! I think I'm going mad!


8. ILARIA ROSELLI DEL TURCO Daniel 22 x 18

8. ILARIA ROSELLI DEL TURCO Daniel 22 x 18

This is a painting that evokes some sort of enchantment upon the viewer!

The model looks so apprehensive as if to say," I can't bear your staring at me for any longer."

There is definitely a connection between the model and the artist here. It's always nice to see that connection show up in the  finished piece.

But that's another thing about this piece, you are left raking your head whether or not the full story has been told. It's left for you the viewer to fill in!


9. ANNA WIMBLEDON Portrait of The Artist and Her Family 47 x 47

9. ANNA WIMBLEDON Portrait of The Artist and Her Family 47 x 47


This was one of the portraits that left me looking so close as if I had lost my eye sight. The composition is excellent, every figure is well treated in such a rich, colourful painterly manner!

She is a discovery! I love this piece! I wish I could take it home.

There's so much going on, even in the background, the window reflections and the landscape-everything has been attacked with so much assurance. She knows exactly what she is doing!

10. PHOEBE DICKINSON Pup at EASTER 12 x 14

10. PHOEBE DICKINSON Pup at EASTER 12 x 14

This is one of those paintings that you might just miss if you went to the exhibition but surely it's one of those that you really wouldn't want to in the end.

It's a small piece but size doesn't really matter.

What I like is the beautiful composition and the placement of the shapes and everything seems painted in a really great alla prima tempo.

11. PATRICIA CASTELAO COSTA Ana's Cousin 20 x 14

11. PATRICIA CASTELAO COSTA Ana's Cousin 20 x 14

You don't get many powerful watercolour portraits nowadays but this is surely someone who has not only mastered the medium but also fallen in love with it.

A great composition with confident bold strokes to keep the painting fresh and sparkling.

12. DAVID R NEWENS Pedita 14 x 10

12. DAVID R NEWENS Pedita 14 x 10

I have watched David paint and if there is anyone who is able to get the resemblance of the sitter in a very short space of time, he's the one.

His method is simple, he is very observant and he measures a lot!

Nothing is taken for granted.

I especially like this because of the simplicity of the main shapes and how the interlocking of them all just work to make this a really great painting.


13. ALDO BALDING Self in Mirror 16 x 12

13. ALDO BALDING Self in Mirror 16 x 12


This painting reeks with CONFIDENCE! Nothing looks serious at all but I tell you don't be deceived. Even though it looks quite straightforward, this speciality must have taken years to cultivate.

The secret here is the drawing, He is a great draughtsman!

14. RAOPF HAGHIGHI Self Portrait 14 x 18

14. RAOPF HAGHIGHI Self Portrait 14 x 18
One of discoveries in this exhibition! Just love the colour application and paint texture.

It's vibrant and holds very well as a very successful painting.

15.  MICHAEL HYAM  Soldier (Study of Bill)  11 x 9



15.  MICHAEL HYAM  Soldier (Study of Bill)  11 x 9

I really miss his work! Always has something spectacular to offer! The whole process is laid bare and he feels no inhibition or fear to stop when he feels the job is done.

His works look very experimental and dynamic, which appeals to me because I love the spontaneity!


16. JOS VAN RISWICK Portrait of Dutch Girl  16 x 11

16. JOS VAN RISWICK Portrait of Dutch Girl  16 x 11


This is what I call good old traditional stuff!

Straight to the point-no fussing and huffing.....just good old traditional indirect painting!

I love it!

17. BELINDA CROZIER Fred the Traveller 15 x 11

17. BELINDA CROZIER Fred the Traveller 15 x 11

A very interesting face! I like how the artist has used structure planes and colour to exaggerate the main features in this face, bringing it to life in a remarkable way.

I also like the texture, I think it was the texture that really got me hooked. But also it was well drawn.


18. CAROLINE SEILERN- ASPANG Nino 19 x 26

18. CAROLINE SEILERN- ASPANG Nino 19 x 26


A very good observational drawing-looks very well like a master drawing of the 19th or 20th century!

19.  ALEX TZAVARAS Rafael 26 x 22


ALEX TZAVARAS Rafael 26 x 22

It's always the simplicity of Alex's work that I like. He breaks everything down to almost 2 tones of light and shade.

The simpler the better. This is another clear example of less is more.

20. PETER BROWN Ella & Ned Looking at Pictures on Lisa's Phone with Mad Cat 26 x 31

PETER BROWN Ella & Ned Looking at Pictures on Lisa's Phone with Mad Cat 26 x 31

It's the composition that wins this one to my heart! To capture the three figures in such a very unique way is worthy of commendation

21 DAVID COBLEY Sir Christopher Hum KCMG 36 x 26

21 DAVID COBLEY Sir Christopher Hum KCMG 36 x 26


I have always been a great fan of David Cobley/s work. He is a true portrait painter.

He always gets very deep into his subjects and that's why he has this kind of Rembrandt take on the way he handles faces and hands.

I also love the way he uses multiple sources of light to model the figure in this piece!



SPECIAL QUOTE
" The Portrait is the one aspect of art and painting that lies don't work, it's the whole truth and nothing but the truth."- Adebanji Alade

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