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Mr Hardie


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  • A very powerful portrait Robert, this way of painting is working for you.

    Posted by Alan Bickley on Sun 06 Mar 12:26:03
  • This is a powerful portrait painting Robert that steady gaze is a bit unnerving! I am no expert as regards technique in either oils or acrylics but the method you have used has certainly worked splendidly here.

    Posted by Christine Davies on Sun 06 Mar 12:51:19
  • Great portrait Robert superb colour and application superb

    Posted by dennis rounding on Sun 06 Mar 13:31:40
  • Thank 'ee kindly.

    I know what you mean about the unnerving gaze, Christine: I began to feel he was glaring at me .... my oil sketch has his eyes averted, when I get round to glazing it I'll post it.

    I should say that I didn't use terre verte in the acrylic, because so far as I know you can't get it - what I should have used instead was probably oxide of chromium, a similarly low-pigmented green; in the event, though, I didn't - I mixed a green and dulled it down, before adding the coloured glazes and white. I'm quite a fan of glazing: it adds layers of interest - but you've got to be careful, because it can also dull colour if used clumsily. I feel a long glazing kick coming over me, though! It also works with landscape.........

    Posted by Robert Jones, N.A.P.A. on Sun 06 Mar 13:44:24
  • Well he looks quite a dapper chappie here Robert - I read that he was quite particular in his style of dress. Good to see the final result after the WIPs.

    Posted by Marjorie Firth on Sun 06 Mar 13:50:32
  • A great portrait Robert. It will be interesting to compare this with the oil version when it's finished.

    Posted by Val Kenyon on Sun 06 Mar 16:39:26
  • Lovely portrait, he has a kind face and his own style of dress.

    Posted by Glennis Weston on Sun 06 Mar 18:34:00
  • He was well-known for his distinctive style - achieved against a background of fairly consistent poverty. I loved his hats.... but these are surface details of course .... the man fought all his life against oppression, and what killed him was the strain of trying, unsuccessfully, to avert the first World War, which brought him to despair. He was accused of a lack of patriotism, thus proving that so many working people had learned absolutely nothing. It seems Hermann Goering was right: play the patriot card and you can't lose.

    Posted by Robert Jones, N.A.P.A. on Sun 06 Mar 19:19:44
  • A striking portrait Robert.

    Posted by russell edwards on Sun 06 Mar 20:35:18
  • The technique has worked so well and I have enjoyed the outcome having been following progress in the forum. It has certainly made me want to add to my knowledge of the man and will be looking for a suitable book on his life.

    Posted by Michael Edwards. on Mon 07 Mar 05:13:37