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I haven’t posted much recently. Since taking early retirement, I seem to have been too busy.

I’ve up-cycled a load of furniture, helped Julie re-organise the conservatory into a working studio, taken loads of photos, done boring stuff like gardening and clearing the garage, and a load of other things (the shower is a WIP at present).

I spent a day Powertex-ing, and played with DecoArt Texture Sand Paste, and we went to Sheffield to spend a day with a bunch of Yorkshire lasses creating a mixed-media art journal.

And tomorrow I head off to the Lake District for a three day Cumbrian Adventure. Julie will be there to attend a photographic course, which leaves me free to explore! Now, I’ve got nothing planned, but I will have the internet and a large map, so I could end up anywhere – I’ll try and book in with Facebook (technology permitting) so you can see what I’m up to.

 

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I’m reasonably happy with this portrait. This is my first attempt doing one on a black substrate, a different technique to using white. Thanks to Mick Neill at the Airbrush Academy for the training!

This is a monochrome portrait, and I used a picture of famous actress (or should that be actor?) as my subject. Does anyone recognise her?

RIGHT! OK you lot, LISTEN UP! Now all the hoo-ha of Julie retiring is over, it’s my turn.

I retired last week, as well.

It was a bit like my own mini-Brexit – getting free from the oppressive constraints of a huge organisation that has lost it’s way, and being free to negotiate, and make better deals for myself. No more trying to fit things in around work, or taking a day’s leave to be able to get to an event; my time is my own to manage as I wish.

So – I’m available and free! (well, reasonably cheap), open to offers, and raring’ to go!

I’ve been back to Mick Neill’s studio, The Airbrush Academy, for the Intermediate Module. This time, three days. See my earlier post for the Beginner Module

We covered colour theory, how to mix colours, how to match colours, and, of course, how to apply colours. That’s all – thanks Mick.

Barbosa and The Black Pearl – my version

It’s been a while since I picked up an airbrush – about 20 years – so I thought I’d better start at the beginning again. After doing all the usual internet research I decided the best place to go is The Airbrush Academy in Evesham, Worcestershire.

The owner and instructor is Mick Neill, who not only is a brilliant artist, but a great teacher, too. His studio is flooded with natural light, equipped with good quality airbrushes, and paints. His work is displayed around the walls and certainly is an inspiration.

The first piece

The second piece

Day 1 was for learning the basic strokes and putting them to work. Like all good teachers Mick has no secrets – well not for his art work – he is free with his advice and information. Ask any question and you will get an answer. Sometimes his reply is brutally honest.

The second day was for practising, and producing the main piece. Working from a reference photo we worked on synthetic paper to paint a close-up eye.

So, that was the beginner’s class. I’m back at the end of June for ‘The Next Step’, Module 2. I can’t wait to get stuck in – Visit The Airbrush Academy for full details of the classes, Mick, and what he does. I’m impressed.