Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Lincoln Family

I was priviledged to be asked to supply illustrations for Rosemary Wells' emmensely moving story about Abraham Lincoln and his relationship with his family, “Lincoln and his Boys”. 
I did a great deal of research and background reading about Lincoln, and I travelled to Springfield, Illinois with Rosemary to visit the Lincoln home there, and to get as much authentic visual reference material as I possibly could.
I came to see Lincoln as a hugely likeable and admirable figure. In Rosemary’s story he is laid back and relaxed with his sons, Willie and Tad, a funny, indulgent father more than the granite prophet we know from the Lincoln Memorial.
Abraham and Mary Lincoln were shattered when Willie died in the White House from typhoid fever in 1862, and it is no surprise that when Tad also died young, a few years after Lincoln’s assasination, Mary Todd Lincoln was utterly unhinged by grief and depression.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Upcoming Portraiture Workshops

I'm looking forward to a great workshop at Kennedy Art this Saturday.
That one is booked out, but if you want to come along to my next workshop at the Back Loft on the 25th April, please click on this link

Monday, March 23, 2015

Emma As Olympia, In Stages

I always like to photograph my life paintings at various stages.
It is useful to chart your progress and to see where sometimes you might have gone wrong.
Very often it can also show you the point that you probably should have left off painting, which is always difficult to call.
Here's a set of Emma posed as Olympia. (please excuse the green tinge some of them have)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Painting The Nude Figure From Life

I'm very excited about my first workshop in the Back Loft. 
It's a lovely roomy and atmospheric venue to paint in.
Click on the link below for more info or to book a place.

I look forward to seeing some of you there on the day!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

PJ at the University of Ulster Festival of Art and Design in Belfast

Next Wednesday the 11th of March I will be doing a talk and a demo at the University of Ulster Festival of Art and Design in Belfast.
Many thanks to my pal Julie Douglas for asking me to take part.
I hope to see some of you there.

The blurb says "PJ Lynch is an award-winning illustrator. He is a passionate advocate of good drawing in all its forms, and in this session he will discuss what drawing means to him with reference to his work as an artist and illustrator. During the session he will paint a portrait in oils."

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Sebastian Walker on Radio 4's "Great Lives"

When I am well into a piece of work I find that listening to an audiobook or talk radio is ideal for me, and the BBC iplayer is an extraordinary resource to explore. I recommend it to any one.

I was going through the archive of  Radio 4's "Great Lives" when I was very pleasantly surprised to see that my late publisher, Sebastian Walker, was Lynn Barber's choice of a great life.

Sebastian died a good many years ago, but it is true to say that he revolutionised the publishing of Children's books. It's telling that both of the programme's contributors, Lynn Barber and Sebastian's sister Mirabel Cecil, both point up the great importance he placed on the work of his illustrators.
I consider myself hugely fortunate that I was one of those illustrators.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Gord & Jay Talk Art Podcast

It's great to get really positive feedback from my workshop attendees, and here, Jay, who attended my last workshop, talks in his podcast about some very concrete benefits that he felt he gained from my class. The relevant piece begins at 42 minutes into the podcast entitled "Discipline", but the whole thing is really interesting. Many thanks Jay.…/the-gord-jay-talk-a…/id929963389…
I'm looking forward to a workshop at Kennedy Art on Saturday.

 Here's my demo of Des from a few weeks back.