Latest news and photos from Gary Armer’s art studio.

Behind the Scenes Photoshoot

Earlier this year I welcomed Munich based photographer and good friend of mine Philip Hyndman to the studio for a behind the scenes photoshoot. Philip is an incredibly talented photographer who is currently exploring the working practices of different creatives from across Europe. He wanted to capture shots of me painting a portrait from [...]

April 6th, 2018|In the Studio|

Alla Prima Oil Portrait Studies

Ahead of the portraiture workshop that I attended in London last September I explored the sight-size technique through some alla prima oil portrait painting. After some initial experimentation with charcoal sketches, as I mentioned in my last blog, I went on to create alla prima colour studies in oil on artists’ canvas board. The portraits [...]

April 6th, 2017|In the Studio|

Sight-size Charcoal Studies

Better late than never! I have been meaning to share a quick blog update on the sight-size charcoal studies I completed ahead of the LARA portrait workshop that I attended last year. Below you can see a selection of three different studies that I completed all from life in the studio. Each of these studies could [...]

March 28th, 2017|In the Studio|

Sight-size Portraiture at LARA

To help broaden my portfolio I’ve recently been studying the principles of sight-size portraiture and alla prima painting, culminating in a portrait masterclass at LARA (The London Atelier of Representational Art) earlier this month. In summary, sight-size portraiture is a method of painting whereby the artist makes most observations of the sitter from a distance, [...]

September 29th, 2016|In the Studio|

Portrait in Progress – Part 7

Here’s my final instalment of the wedding portrait in progress series before I unveil the completed painting. In this blog I talk about some of the all important final changes and finishing touches. As I showed in part 6 of this series I have made an important change to the background, opting for a simple [...]

Experimenting with Flesh Tones

I have been experimenting with some colour mixing exercises in the studio recently and painted a particularly useful flesh tones chart. The purpose of this particular exercise is to try and mix as many different flesh tone hues from limited colour palettes. I created a grid made up of 7 rows of 10 rectangles on [...]

June 14th, 2016|In the Studio|

Portrait in Progress – Part 6

Here’s my sixth installment of my wedding portrait in progress series. I’m getting close to completing the portrait now and things are really starting to come together. In this update I reveal how I approached the challenging complexity of the bride’s tiara. I also discuss some improvements made to the painting of the bride’s mouth [...]

Portrait in Progress – Part 5

After a busy few months moving house and setting up the new studio I’ve finally managed to spend some more time on the wedding portrait. In this quick update documenting the progress of the painting I show how I start to capture some of the detail of the bride’s wedding dress and bouquet. Oil Painting [...]

New Portrait Studio – Photo Blog

At last I’m up and running in my new portrait studio! The walls are still a little bare but it's already proving to be a great space to paint in. With lots of natural light, high ceilings and the peace and quiet of the Lancashire countryside it’s a perfect environment for portrait painting. Here are [...]

March 10th, 2016|In the Studio|