oil on canvas
50cm x 40cm
4th June 2011

Created on drawing day 2011.
This is drawing with a soaked rag and dry brushes to remove paint from the blacked out surface.
Its a bit like writing on a dirty white van! You work in reverse to make the image..

The beauty of oil paint is that it doesnt dry quickly so you can remove the paint all day.
This will be worked on over the next few days/weeks but I tried to make it look complete enough for drawing day.

Thanks for looking and happy drawing day!!


drawing day, face, man, beetle, surreal, oil paint, monochrome

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  • - nawroski -
    - nawroski -over 3 years ago

    Nice work.

  • Thanks!!

    – Stephen Mclaren

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreover 3 years ago

    My goodness, how fine it looks. You’re obviously a master of this technique. Beautiful, compelling and soft, like out of a rain forest, yet detailed. I’m impressed, Stephen. But then, you are impressive.

  • Thank you Frannie!! Your comments are always so generous and so thoughtful! I like the rainforest simile.. he does look from a place like that! I’ve always enjoyed this technique but I dont like relying on it.. like an old magician and his rabbit!! Its most often a good way to start a painting. A white canvas is a tough wall to break in to where as a painted out canvas is more of a yielding surface…
    thank you again and I hope you are full of inspirations, plans and parties!!

    – Stephen Mclaren

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelover 3 years ago

    Gorgeous work!

  • Thank you Cindy!! How are you today??

    – Stephen Mclaren

  • Matt Mawson
    Matt Mawsonover 3 years ago

    Brilliant work, and a fascinating process

  • Thank you Matt! I’m doing it all again in the morning.. a bigger blacked out canvas stretched over a wood panel so I can really scrape into it. I look forward to showing my progress this time tomorrow….

    – Stephen Mclaren

  • helene ruiz
    helene ruizover 3 years ago

    absolutely spectacular! WOW~ this is just beyond amazing work! you are so brilliant!

  • Stoppit Helene!! Its a good start but it needs more!! Your words are wonderful and I take your enthusiasm with me :-))))))))

    – Stephen Mclaren

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelover 3 years ago

    Wonderful technique, hope you’re doing well and it’s always good to see new work in the feed from you…and I can recognize your style right away! I haven’t been able to be online as much lately due to waiting for a new computer, and using a borrowed one. But I was glad to see you had work in Drawing Day today, too! That was a deadline I was determined to make, even if I had to throw my husband out of the computer chair, LOL!

  • Thanks Cindy!! Well done for drawing day too! I’ve got a plan for next year already!!

    – Stephen Mclaren

  • Cathy Gilday
    Cathy Gildayover 3 years ago

    Fantastic work.I can’t wait to see more!!

  • Thanks Cathy!! Look out for a bigger work with this technique soon!!!! My canvas is ready to go :-))))))))))

    – Stephen Mclaren

  • Cate Townsend
    Cate Townsendover 3 years ago

    You are so clever! Great work for drawing day.

  • Thanks Cate! Next year will be more typical drawing for drawing day.. with a twist of course :-)))) See you on FB!!!!

    – Stephen Mclaren

  • nellaevad
    nellaevadover 3 years ago

    special work,congrats.

  • Thank you for looking and leaving a comment Dave!! All the best :-))))

    – Stephen Mclaren

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorover 3 years ago


  • Thank you Liz!!!!! I’ve used this technique for years to start a painting. It does need patience but it gets results and kills the white canvas quickly!!! Thank you for looking! All the best :-)))))

    – Stephen Mclaren

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