Monday, 16 December 2013

ALEXANDRA KOUFALI ART STUDIO: The kiss

ALEXANDRA KOUFALI ART STUDIO: The kiss: I started a new work, this time a drawing on Fabriano paper. Adding photos of the work in progress.

Sunday, 15 December 2013

The kiss

I started a new work, this time a drawing on Fabriano paper. Adding photos of the work in progress.

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Untitled story 3- The blonde

A small ink on paper, just finished.  Painting stories and moments in peoples lives that I find in newspapers and  magazines or capture myself when out and about.

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Untitled story

This is finished. 76 x 56 cm oil on heavy weight paper.

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Saturday, 2 November 2013

George

A quick drawing of my son in colour pencils on paper. Reminds me of David Hockney work, but didn't consciously do it in his style. 

Joanne

A preliminary work for an oil painting. Pastel on paper. This was done from life to learn the subject before I embark on the oil painting. 

Friday, 11 October 2013

Angela Merkel/Portrait, drawing

I am rather interested in portraying this woman who is considered the most powerful woman on earth. Taking photos as a starting point trying to show aspects of her as she appears in the public eye and make associations with what she stands for or what people associate her with.
I have used one predominant  colour  to evoke feelings here. Yellow. What does it mean to you? 

Friday, 27 September 2013

The most powerful woman on earth.

This is a second portrait of Angela Merkel I have done. Both in pencil on paper.
I am interested in the people that make our times and depicting them in drawings or paintings is like examining their make up as well as their faces. The different expressions of Merkel that flood the mass media are an inspiration for these works. I have not done the definitive portrait of Angela Merkel yet, but I am working on it.

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Wild woman

This is a new concept, moving on or rather along side  my portraits of people I know, celebrities and myself.

Fantasy, drama,    
theatre and playfulness were  the ideas in my head. The mask is mine, I bought it in Venice about 15 years ago. It has real lustre black and brownish feathers . I always loved it and imagined wearing it at a Venitian ball. 
I created the drawing from a photograph of myself wearing the mask. It was a starting point and didn't intend to create a portrait of myself , although there is an inevitable likeness.

It is charcoal and pastel on greyish paper. 23 x 16.5 inches

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

When in Rome.

A self portrait in oils on canvas. 14 x 18 in.

It evokes the atmosphere. Bright spring sunshine in Rome at Easter April 2013.  I have spent some time in creating a likeness this time and I am happy with it. 

Monday, 20 May 2013

When in Rome

This is taken from a photograph of me in Rome recently. I wanted to capture the sun and light and didn't take too much time to create an accurate representation of me. So not a very good likeness but I\ like the portrait as it is.
I used conté crayons and pastel on paper.

Sunday, 5 May 2013

George

During the Easter holidays my son George sat for me for a portrait reading his maths book. This is a section of the painting which is in the sitting room in our house. I did all of it from life and I am just working on the chair and the surroundings.
The idea of this composition came from a portrait of the artist Laura knight by her husband, Harold Knight,  a portrait artist. That painting was created in the early 30s and reflects the style of dress and environment of the time. I wanted to do a portrait  that shows the contemporary look.
Oil on canvas

Friday, 19 April 2013

Nansy

This is a portrait of a friend and fellow artist, Nansy Ferett Campbell. It's conté crayons and pastel on black paper. Nansy posed for me in her house for about an hour. I did most of the work from life and put the final touches later from a photograph I took at the sitting. I think I have captured her individual look.

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Self portrait

 Just finished another self portrait. Red and brown conté crayon on paper. 

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Self portrait

I don't normally do self portraits. I find it hard to draw myself, looking at my reflection in the mirror.  I am also not that interested in depicting myself. (Though that might change). However, due to the lack of sitters,  I decided to do a self portrait. It is only a charcoal sketch on newspaper. Why the newspaper? It gives some interest and something to work with. The print and the images create an aura. In this instance I incorporated the flying birds in my hair. Birds feature often in my work and particularly the swallows. I use them as metaphors. So it was appropriate to  included them as part of the overall image.
I reworked this drawing which I did some time ago. Charcoal and pencil on paper.

Saturday, 16 March 2013

"The Lost Girl"

Charcoal and pastel on newspaper. 16 x 24 inches

The starting point came from a photograph I found in a newspaper article. I liked the expression on the woman's face. I adapted it and created this drawing which still has the same expression on the face. The lost Girl. A woman who has missed out on the important things in life, being too busy living the free spirit, independent and party girl kind of life. 

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Wendy

This is the portrait of Wendy which I did this weekend. I worked from a photograph after having done a couple of sketches form life. The sketches help in getting to know the sitter, their face, their individuality. Everybody has a particular look and gaze. This is what needs to be conveyed in the portrait.
This is conté crayons on paper.16x25 inches 

Saturday, 23 February 2013

Women

Painting women and  moments in their life. Taking inspiration form my own life, women around me and images from the media. I am trying to record contemporary women and their life. Their appearance, their "look" their  moments. I have chosen to depict women because I associate more with them being a female artist.
The painting is almost finished, there is still some work that needs to be done yet.
Oil on board 26x30 inches

Friday, 1 February 2013

Phoebe

This painting is now finished, I will come back to it in a few days to see if there is anything else that needs doing or adjusting. Always a good idea to turn it against the wall for a few days!

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Untitled; Work in progress.

Oil on board using a palette knife. This is from a photo of a young London based artist. It was captured by her friend on a night of entertaining in her home. I love the fact that this is a real life situation, not a pose for the artist to paint.
There is still some work to be done on it.

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Pencil sketch

Working on 2 different paintings at the moment plus preparing for a third. This is the initial sketch for the 3rd painting. Working out the pose in pencil in my sketchbook. I want to evoke a feeling of joy and laughter. I am aiming  to express a range of feelings and moments in different paintings, using  the female figure as the main character in them. 

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Continuing my project of painting contemporary people. This is my latest work inspired by a fashion model found in a magazine. I have changed her look slightly to enhance the image of a contemporary cover girl. 
As you can see I have now started looking at popular culture and create images taken from there, as well as painting people from life. People I come across and find interesting or typical of todays' culture, life, fashion.
This is 16x20 inches oil on canvas.