Monday, June 25, 2018

Prodigal Return

There are many reasons that I could list for not having drawn for years, but none are good enough - it's simply been too long.
In June I decided to head back to the studio and it was like coming back home, the cluttered studio with bits of canvas paper and old paint stained rags, the smell of charcoal, oil paint and turpentine, the noisy scratching of charcoal against paper against the backdrop of absolute silence from the artists.... these are the sights, smells and sounds that bring me home.

It's been a struggle, I'm desperately unhappy with what I've produced, but I know with time I'll remember how to draw...

The Prodigal Return
Charcoal on Paper 
June 2018

Prodigal definition is - characterized by profuse or wasteful expenditure. 
(All that time wastefully spent away from the studio.)

Sunday, September 9, 2012

A beautiful girl 
Charcoal on Paper

This is another drawing of my favourite model at the moment (you would have seen her in my last post over the shoulder)

I'm very happy with this drawing, even though it was never fully completed - the incompleteness of the drawing adds a certain charm.

How to buy this painting: How to buy a painting

Friday, September 7, 2012

Over the shoulder

South african artist, Stephen Scott: Charcoal on paper, nude entitled Over the shoulder
Charcoal on paper 

This is a soft charcoal of one of my favourite models - Drawn during a life study session.

I was late for class and had to rush to get as much done as possible before the model packed up.

In total I had about an hour with this drawing.

 How to buy this painting: How to buy a painting

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Guest Artist: Richard Harper

These are incredible!

AGNES 2004
Oil on canvas 26 ½ x 34 ½ inches 

Oil on canvas 17 ¼ x 37 inches

This level of perfection comes at a price though, a quote from Richard's biography:
"His works involve multi-layering of several very thin translucent coats of paint. On the figures it takes on the mechanics of constructing each layer of the skin itself and requires several months of painting. From conception to completion a painting may encompass several years of gestation."

Visit his site for more:

Friday, May 20, 2011

May's Second Charcoal

May's Second Charcoal - seated nude - Stephen Scott, Cape Town ArtistCharcoal on Paper

This is the second charcoal I'm posting this month.
I think there is something (hopefully at least one thing) in each drawing that I fall in love with, in this drawing it's the fabric wrapped around her hips - I love the folds in the fabric and the way the light captures the folds.

At tea time someone said, about my drawing; "She looks cross."
The model, overhearing the comment, looked at my drawing and said; "No I don't, I look pretty!"
Gog bless her.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

May's Charcoal

Seated Nude - Charcoal on Paper by Cape Town artist Stephen ScottMay's Charcoal
Seated Nude - Charcoal on Paper

I have a massive feeling of accomplishment with this drawing.
Why? Because the model loved it to the point of wanting to buy it!

And I love the light on the hair falling down in front of her face.

Friday, May 13, 2011

May's Paintng

May's Paintng; Small Seated Nude, South African Artist - Stephen Scott
Small Seated Nude
Oil on Canvas Board

I tried to do this painting with the same feeling that I gave the Pink Bikini, but I ended up becoming too 'precious' about the damn thing.
I had to stop myself from carrying on, another 15 minutes of painting would have ruined it.

What do you think - Just right? Or do I need to do more work on it?

(My camera is on the blink, so this photo was taken on my Black Berry and will need to be updated when I have a working camera again.)

Thursday, April 21, 2011

April's First Charcoal

March was not an inspiring month for me; I finished no paintings and my drawings turned on me.

When I tell people that I draw and paint the response is often, "Oh nice, that must be so relaxing."
To which I grimace and think to myself "bloody idiot!"

There is nothing relaxing about drawing or painting at the level that I attempt to, and there is no pleasure in it either, but there is enormous pleasure in having finished a piece, especially when it works.

Charcoal drawing of a seated Nude by South African artist, Stephen Scott
April's started off much better than March - it felt good to have finished this drawing.

Friday, March 18, 2011

February's Charcoal

February's Nude

I'm really starting to love charcoal as a medium, but they're starting to stack up. I'm wondering if I should start selling them. Or maybe I should just give a few away...

Friday, November 19, 2010

Seated Nude - November 2010 - Charchoal on Paper

Seated Nude - November 2010 - Charcoal on Paper - Cape Town artist, Stephen Scott
Seated Nude - November 2010 - Charcoal on Paper

It's been a while since I've posted a painting, recently it's been a lot of charcoal drawings and I am really enjoying it.

This photo was taken midway through the session (during a break). The finished drawing is still in the studio and I forgot to take a photo of it, but I like what it looks like halfway through, I'm almost sorry I spent more time on it.
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