Friday, September 21, 2012

Plein Air Painting of MV Bolgen & other Boats at Cadogan Pier

MV Bolgen & other boats at Cadogan Pier, Chelsea Embankment, 18" x 10", Oil on Canvas Board, 2012-picture taken with my  I-Phone-sorry about the quality.

This morning I embarked on painting one of my beloved scenes around the Chelsea Embankment. A walk along the Chelsea Embankment is one of my best walks in London and it's always great to paint a place one loves.

Adebanji painting the MV Bolgen and other boats along Cadogan Pier, Chelsea Embankment

Here in this post I have decided to share some "stage shots" of the painting in progress. It's not a step by step procedure but just a good way of seeing how I go about these pieces using the "inside-out" technique of painting shape by shape, from the inside of the painting till it spreads all over to fill up the surface.

1. Ready to go, The Canvas board is given a warm wash of Burnt Sienna, this was already done in the studio with acrylic.

2. The very important grid lines and diagonals-this helps me position the main  features exactly where I want them

3. With some careful strokes laid with some precision but with the mind of an impressionist, I sketch and paint at the same time, working on the boring buildings in the background first, and then coming closer to the boats.

4. I think here-I had finally got the hang of the buildings and then I began to gradually come lower into the middle area, where most of the action takes place. 

5. At this stage I got the first few strokes of the water in, and a few reflections, the water keeps changing, it's always better when it is still.

6. I am really deep into it now, working on the reflections and trying my best to nail the right colour of the murky River  Thames on a grey day.

7. And finally- it's details and pulling the whole piece together, I hadn't made up my mind on whether to stop-then the rain came to my rescue and that was it for the day!
Hope you enjoyed this-I always have fun looking over the palettes of other artists-it's always a treat!

"The tide was in and the creek glassy, so I met the Mayor of Kingsbridge, who was off to paint his boat and a man who quizzed me- not the first time- on the build quality of my box easel! He was a joiner and was redesigning one-god, did I get excited! We exchanged emails and I never heard from him again!-(Peter Brown on one of his experiences while painting "Salcombe down from Southpool Creek")

Thursday, September 13, 2012

My latest video on why I am an addictive sketcher!

This was put together by MGL MEDIA and I hope you catch some inspiration from it! I'm not going to say much, just watch and enjoy the next 8 minutes! MGL MEDIA also have a blog which can be accessed by clicking HERE

"For our purposes we will define  a habit as the intersection of knowledge, skill and desire. Knowledge is the theoretical paradigm, the what to do and the why. Skill is the how to do. And the desire is the motivation, the want to do. In order to make something a habit in our lives, we have to have all three."-Stephen R. Covey-The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Saturday, September 08, 2012

Sketches on the Bus, Train, Tube and Train Station in September I

These are some current sketches...the power my of my observation started to slack a bit, I suddenly didn't do as much sketches as before and I could immediately see the difference and the strain and lack of flow.
So, nothing beats the constant day to day practice. I thank God for the opportunity to keep these sketches going- they really help to sharpen my drawing skills.

All sketches are done with a Bic Ball point Pen and a Number 75 Cool Grey Tom Bow Dual Wash Pen in Book-150g/m.

Sept 003-Adebanji Alade's Sketchbook- These three guys are homeless and once Charing Cross Station opens at 4,30am they always take this place, it's an everyday thing.
The method I adopt on public transport changes from time to time. Now I just see myself as a sketch addict-That's what I tell people and that sums up what I do.

Sept 001-Adebanji Alade's Sketchbook
Sept 002- Adebanji Alade's Sketchbook- it was an early morning bus ride and this guy was just moving all over the place. He must have been wrecked as he was far far away....

Sept 004- Adebanji Alade's sketchbook- I was having a video recording on the train and I wanted to show it was still possible to sketch an incomplete face and still get some character, isn't it amazing what eyes can do!
Sept 005-Adebanji Alade's Sketchbook
Sept 006=Adebanji Alade's Sketchbook

Sept 007-This Asian Lady was right beside me and she never for once looked into my sketchbook to see if I was sketching her.
Sept 008=Adebanji Alade's Sketchbook
Sept 009-Adebanji Alade's Sketchbook
Sept 010-Adebanji Alade's Sketchbook
Sept 011-Adebanji Alade's Sketchbook
Sept 012- Adebanji Alade's Sketchbook- As mentioned earlier these guys always occupy this space when  Charing Cross Station opens at 4.30Am. Apparently one of the guys was missing on the day I sketched this one.
Sept 013-Adebanji Alade's Sketchbook- This woman was totally lost in thought , looking out of the window.
"Approach your subject in all humility and reverence-make yourself highly sensitive to its beauty"-Hawthorne

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

My Sketches at the First Urban Sketchers Exhibition

Currently running since the 16th of August till the 6th of October, 2012 is The First Urban Sketchers International Exhibition at Ackland Musuem at the University of North Carolina. A lot of the members from all over the world submitted sketches for this exhibition.

A majority of the proceeds from the sale of the sketches will go directly to Urban Sketchers to support their educational programs such as the annual Sketching Symposium and the Urban Sketchers Workshops Program. The remaining proceeds will support the Ackland Art Museum.

I contibuted 3 sketches for the exhibition and they were mainly based on monuments and statues in London.

The Official Olympic Time Counter, Trafalgar Square, London
The Sketch of The Official Olympic Time Counter at 116 days before the Olympics

Adebanji sketching  The Official Olympic Time Counter at 116 days before the Olympics 
The scene of  The Official Olympic Time Counter at 116 days before the Olympics 

The Gladstone Statue, Strand London

The sketch of Gladstone statue, Strand
Adebanji sketching
The scene   Gladstone statue, Strand
materials used for   Gladstone statue, Strand

The Samuel Johnson Statue, Strand London

The sketch of  Samuel Johnson Statue, Strand
Adebanji sketching   Samuel Johnson Statue, Strand
The scene of  Samuel Johnson Statue, Strand
materials used for  Samuel Johnson Statue, Strand
A review of the Opening day of the exhibition can be seen HERE.

Another review of the Exhibition can be seen here by Blue Greenberg HERE

"You experience a place or a scene differently when you decide to sketch it-----something unusual have to experience it know what I mean!"-(Adebanji Alade-Sketch Addict)