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Naked Chaos \ Vad art kiállítás

I was lucky enough, as an artist who adores drawing nudes, to recently have six girls pose naked for me in one sitting. The space was small and alcohol had been consumed, as you can imagine the scene was a little chaotic and the chances of keeping anybody still for the amount of time to capture an accurate representation of the scene before me were slim to naught. 

However an opportunity to represent the scenario arose in the form of a bubbly and determined Irish girl who goes by the name of Dervla who happened to be hosting what she called a 'Wild Art" Exhibition. Somehow, Dervla had managed to get her hands on a fairly large apartment and permission to paint on alllllll of the walls and she was recruiting artists to fill the space with both paintings and unique, temporary art. Naturally the Painters Palace was a solid point of call and a few of us got together and took over one room of the apartment. We each took our own section of wall and started painting a few days before the exhibition. I had the idea in mind of what style I wanted to implement to show the chaos, the movement, the intertwining limbs from that night with the English girls. I did not do any preliminary sketches, other than the drawings from the 90 minute session. Working in this style is a very impulsive and intuitive process, I find that trying to build the picture before you meet the canvas can intrude on an organic and spontaneous outcome. Therefore I dwell on the idea of the scenario/memory, what I found interesting, the conversations between the subjects (which were extremely fascinating), less on the real form or identities of the girls themselves but most importantly, thinking about the actual process of the painting, down to the brush strokes, in forms of movements that translate into marks that make the picture. Little moments of memory come to me as I create, like the side of a thigh running into the curve of the calf, the expression or tilt on ones face and it seems the as the moments come to me, I have to realise and compose them on the wall. As the exhibition was only intended to be one night I held back on refining every detail of the painting and rather looked for an overall harmony in the piece which ended up being roughly 4m wide and 2.4m tall.

Big Thanks to Dervla and everybody that was involved with the event. It was a huge success with attendance around 700 over the space of 5 hours, which in my book is pretty funking incredible for a first time event! For more info on the exhibition, the artists and works involved plus upcoming events > check here.

Below you can see the finished result, followed by the piece in context of the other works in the space, and then some shots of the process. As always, Enjoy.                                    

Final Piece.

Final Piece.

In context.

In context.

The process.

Portrait \ Spike

People are always passing through here in Budapest and this summer was no different. This week Spike was passing through on his way to help in the Belgrade refugee camps. I don't know spike so well, we've met each other only a handful of times in Amsterdam, we figured out that our connection is that he is my X-Girlfriends, X-Housemates, X-boyfriend! After a portrait and some nights up talking we know each other much better and can consider ourselves friends rather that two folk that know each other through their lover.

So heres the portrait anyhow. Working in this cubistic style I captured spike sitting and looking around the Gallery. You can also support Spike on his mission to help others here **GoFundMe**

Portrait \ Audy a.k.a. Cumi Laut

Arriving home from a spontaneous night in one of Budapest seedy club areas Audy agreed to sit, or in this case lie, for a portrait. I was really in the mood for painting and tired of drawing myself in the mirror plus Audy's technicolored hairdo gets me excited! Here are the results.

Oil on Canvas Board, 30x20cm.

"Thats a Wrap." / Painting the movies.

For sometime now they have been shooting some movies in my area, as I walk to and from my house I see shooting in action. First of all it's great because I love films and seeing the makin gof them is a pleasure, I love the extremes that blockbuster shows push in terms of amount of technology, equipment and coordination, the whole operation is a performance in itself. However what I always happen to see is people (usually extras dressed in full costume) standing around waiting for their call to scene. Now this is where I see opportunity, they would make perfect models in costume especially now as they seem to filming two period pieces set in 1920's. People everywhere dressing in ornate hats and dresses, surrounded by horses and carriages in these smokey ethereal street scenes. 

Today the opportunity to paint these scenes metaphorically slapped me in the face and quite literally landed on my doorstep. Right outside my studio on the Brody Sandor in Budapest, the whole of the Vas Utca was cornered off for filming. The street was hung with oversized Hungarian flags, which instantly reminded me of Monet's Paris scene with French flags flying everywhere. There were small legions of foot officers or soldiers, I couldn't see from the distance and the smoke and also there where troops on horse back riding up and down the street. The rest I hope the pictures will explain. 

This is the final painting from the day. I gave the painting away to a young security guard who took an interest in it. 5 Minutes later, the special effects guy gets a call saying the Oscar award winning director, László Nemes, wanted the painting. Shucks, could have met a super star.

work in progress: robodon \ may'17

Sometimes I think I'm a terrible person, I start a painting and sometimes the struggle to the finish is marred by unforeseen difficulties or (especially in oil painting) long breaks for drying and layering or just plain old thinking.

Here I have one of those paintings that fits both those moulds. I started this painting in May last year(2016), completed the under drawing work in the better part of an hour, worked on painting persistent small tones with a tiny palette knife on a large canvas, and then I hit a point. A point I hit with some pieces', a point where I don't know where to go next, and usually if I hit this point I have a system, I Set the work aside to rest. I take it out of my immediate working area and sit it where I can see it and leave it to my subconscious to figure out the direction and the fixes to be made for a finished piece.


I get the initial lines and composition done in roughly an hour whilst the model sat. I used charcoal and a damp brush to block in big areas. It's the first time, I believe, that I had to walk and draw a line at the same time, if you haven't tried it, I recommend. (Picture 1) if you notice I realised (too late) that I did not leave enough space at the side of the canvas for the stretching process, a silly over sight but lesson learnt.

By the last image in the above series I had built my own frame and stretched the canvas, its incredible how much of difference this makes! (Picture 4) This is how the painting stayed for a few months, before I blew of the dust and went at again with renewed vigour and alternate vision.

This is the painting as it stands. As you can see, I completely re thought the background which was influenced by a painting I did in the mean time.

Inspired by Impressionists \ Painting the Museum Garden.

After indulging myself in a 3part/hour documentary of the impressionist movement, I got a inner burning to take my easel outdoors again and paint like the pioneers of this colourful style. 

The documentary focussed mainly around Monet as he is considered the father of impressionism, but also includes the stories of Degar, Manet, Cezanne and a few other characters central to this artistic revolution.

I decided I wanted to use a limited palette today, and build the numerous colours from a stable base of primaries. The colours I had on my board were.....!!!!  I began the painting at 3 o'clock in the afternoon and could only paint until 5pm before the light had changed too much. So I went back the next day.

unfortunately I did not take a photo of day two progression.   

A week later after being away I managed to get back to the museum to continue.  

Its amazing how in just a week the scene had changed. the foliage on the trees had become less dense, he yellow/orange I was seeing burn through the Center tree had diminished significantly. Alas, I continued. 

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day 3 (total time painting 5/6 hours) 

Portrait \ Cubistic Csaba

Meet Csaba, one of our key members at the Painters Palace

I started making this portrait a few nights back whilst we were sitting on the stairs. He sat for an extra ten minutes for touch ups, bless him.

Recently I have made a few portraits in this cubistic style and devoid of colour. Removing the aspect of colour allows me to be more liberal with the paint and concentrate more on values and brush work rather than thinking too much about mixing colours. I may continue to add colours at a later date, however for now, I like the composition of the lines and shapes and the sense of depth between the sitter and the background. So ill leave it for a while.

If you would like your portrait made, you can request one by contacting me here.

sketchbook \ two dudes

I love to draw from my mind especially when drawing portraits and characters. the results are usually unpredictable. 

Here’s two examples of recent sketches I made whilst playing with the proportions and features of the face. I am particularly happy with the texture of the stubble and the size of the glasses on the face of the first character. The second character is far more loosely drawn and the least successful of the two drawings. I remember in both I wanted to specifically have the mouths open, I got bored of drawing closed ones.

Wall Art \ Hostel 1, Budpest

Recently the Painters Palace was asked to add some excitement and colour to the white walls of the newly renovated hostel. This was my contribution, right newt to the reception.

I used some good quality acrylic paint and finished with markers. Overall I think the piece is about 2m by 2m. 

brain jones town massacre \ Budapest concert

Got to see one of my all time favourite bands for the second time last night, Brian Jones Town Massacre. Arriving 2 hours early to the show at A38 we were lucky enough to run into and have a chat with the man himself, Anton Newcombe, who's music has accompanied many of my drawing sessions in the past and inspired me to no end! He was exactly how I imagined him in person, the only thing that surprised me was that he was wielding an iPhone and showing me some of the quirky collages he'd been making on the tour, I didn't expect a musical legend to be so tech savvy and apparently in that way orientated. He also had the phone in his back pocket the whole concert, killed the all white linen, angelic vibe I think he was aiming for with an outline of a house brick dangling from his butt. Music was great though, an eclectic 

Anyhow, didn't stop me making a drawing! I left it the drawing in Anton's pedal case, haven't heard back from him yet... haha