Thursday, December 22, 2011

Seated Pose

Seated Pose - oil/panel - 12"x9"

The last pose and sketch of 2011 made in the RHA life drawing room.
Am very proud of this expressive 2 hour study in oils - my last of 2011.

I won't be back at the academy painting from life until April 2012 but I will be posting images here from another academy! Look forward to filling you in on this venture in the near future.

Wishing you all a very peaceful, happy and joy filled Christmas and New year 2012!

- Richard

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Mick reading his Book

Mick reading his Book - oil on panel - 12"x9"

It is and has been my observation that there are So many people are caught up in academia and and academic rendering of things. A brief chat with a very seasoned gallery owner this morning proved and reinforced that idea I have. The curator said that he sees over and over this kind of European style of academic schooling and art production. All focused on technique - the same techniques. I want and will my work to come from the inside out. When I painted Mick here I painted with gusto - in the moment, full of excitement energy and emotion. Rather then an academic rendering of the figure before me I want to assert my own interpretation of the event and have some Fun.

Ok, there are many things to learn about proportion, values, subtle tonal changes etc that working from a model enables and allows but I feel that will all come in its own good time and to some extent is already evident in my progression. I See more and the more I See the more I have to edit in my rendering.

All these poses you see here on this blog are made directly wet in to wet in oil and take no longer then two to three hours to compose. Working this way and on this rather small scale enables me to complete the sketch/study in the one sitting and is always a great surprise the following week when I return to collect the dry painting and start a new one.

Its all about expression! I've been attending these painting sessions at the RHA for some time now. I feel so privileged to be allowed to participate and work here with live models.This pose was set by me. I knew Mick, our model last week, enjoys reading his book. He is in fact a poet! So I suggested that a pose with his book might be nice.

Hope you like it. - Richard

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Meditative Nude

Meditative Nude - oil on canvas wrapped board - 12"x9"

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


Lounging - oil on canvas wrapped panel - 12"x9"

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Female Nude XVIII

Female Nude XVIII - oil/panel - 12"x9"

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Female Nude XVII

Female Nude XVII - oil/panel - 12"x9"

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Nude by Richard Hearns

Something a little extra special for you today!

This piece which features in the video above is entitled 'Nude' and is a tribute after the American born artist Richard Schmid the music that accompanies is by the wonderful Irish group 'Kila'. I completed the painting a few days ago and just finished up editing this short video of its creation the day before yesterday.

It is always an enjoyable surprise and experience for me to see how I bring a painting together as during its creation I am hardly conscious of the processes I take but rather enveloped and immersed in solving problems of tone form and line etc one after another to unify the piece and express how I interpret the scene.

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An oil painting demonstration by Irish Artist Richard Hearns.
This painting is a tribute to a painting by Richard Schmid.
Music by Kila.

See Finished piece below. - Richard

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


'Nude', (tribute to Richard Schmid) - oil on linen wrapped panel - 12x9"

Seated Female Nude

Seated Female Nude - oil/panel - 12"x9"

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Female Nude XVI

Female Nude XVI - oil/panel - 12"x9"

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Female Nude XV

Female Nude XV - oil/panel - 12"x9"

Female Nude XIV

Female Nude XIV - oil/panel -12"x9"

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Female Nude XIII

Female Nude XIII (tribute to Richard Schmid) - oil/linen panel - 12"x9"

Female Nude XII

Female Nude XII - oil/panel - 12"x9"