Saturday, February 28, 2009

Life painting session II...profile

Each week that I get to paint with the model I wind up doing about two (or three) color studies. This model has a pretty profile and once again I missed the mark...(she is prettier than this)...I did indicate some accurate color with the red hair and the blue scarf so I'll give myself 2.5 points out of 5. (..but notice how I "phoned in" the rendering of the drape.. lol..).

Last week's life session paintings


Well, this pose was certainly a challenge for the model...she had to keep her hands up like this for the session..it was a beautiful pose and we all thought the model gave off a Madonna vibe for sure. The head scarf was really pretty..half blue and half purple. Alas, I was not able to mix that purple! Just the same, I liked the loose figure painting I did. I made a conscious effort to not get too hung up on detail...and I didn't!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Drawing...with Kitty Wallis


I signed up a couple of months ago with Kitty Wallis for her drawing class. It is safe to say that I have always had a bit of natural ability when it comes to drawing, but in the past I have not concentrated on specific goals. The new class with Kitty affords the opportunity to do just that. The classes are a combination of the teachings of Nicolaides, Carone and, of course, Kitty herself. Kitty comes on one Wednesday at the beginning of the month. For the rest of the Wednesdays in the month we return to the Fire and Earth Studio (without Kitty) and work from a live model referring to an assignment list that Kitty sends ahead. Last night, however, those of us who were signed up for the month of February got a bonus! Kitty paid us a surprise visit and brought Wallis sanded paper and some pastels that were sectioned off into values. We were told to chose only 5 pastels from these sections (light, medium light, medium, medium dark and dark). Then our assignment was to fill the page with the figure and render her with only those five pastels. We really enjoyed this exercise!
Information on Wallis classes

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Life painting session II


Here is my 2nd painting from the life painting session. The model has a beautiful face and I had better success with this attempt than the last painting. I got the chance to ask her what she thinks about while having to stay so still for these long poses. She told me that it is important to stay away from thoughts about pain ie: "my neck hurts!"....instead, she says. .....I find something inanimate to look at and in my mind I make it "alive" ....I imagine stories about the object and at the same time...... I make myself a statue."

9 x 12 oil on canvas panel

Almost only counts in Horseshoes


Here is a painting from my life painting session today. I set out to concentrate on major shapes...and to not get too "hung up" in the face. Despite the reminders I gave myself I wound up scraping the face off three times. Bleh! I was happy with some aspects of the painting ...but her face eluded me. I had to laugh a little at one point... she is a good looking model and I turned her into a Grandma. Luckily this isn't a commission for the Sentate corridor or something and the fact I failed isn't life or death! (whew!)

9 x 12 oil on canvas panel

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Thursday, February 12, 2009

A favorite drawing from yesterday's life drawing session


We had a discussion today in our art discussion group about how the drawing sessions we're doing are supposed to be practice only...with no eye on "product". Just the same, I couldn't help but feel like I wanted to keep this one. She was a really good model and I am fortunate I will be working with her again. I was satisfied that I got the essential information down in just a couple of minutes. This model often used a downward look that felt a mixture of woe and contemplation. I often wonder ....just what IS the model thinking?? Does anyone have any ideas?

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Life painting session

Another life session with the pretty model. She posed today in Mediterranean looking clothes and I imagined that she was taking five from her "tough job". I don't know why I gave her kind of a halo...maybe I thought she deserved one.....for being able to sit so still....for so long. I did a 2nd painting of her in her white blouse and red skirt...but I can't bear to post it. It is fussy. Too small..too miniature. Did you ever paint a model airplane? It has a definite model airplane vibe. I could paint a number on her side!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

The Suggestion


I don't know where I read this....some painter somewhere advised that all artist's should create something "for themselves" at a minimum of once every week. This "for themself" thing should have no real reason to be made..it should be the painter's flight of fancy. That was the thinking behind this painting..."At the Dance"

(Wait....shouldn't this "for ourselves" thought be in our head each time we paint..instead of "once a week"?....)
oil on 18 x 24 canvas panel

Saturday, February 7, 2009

3 Unexpected cool things... from "Unexpected Beauty"


1. I won Honorable Mention for my 9 x 12 oil painting entitled: Red Umbrella (at the "Unexpected Beauty, Street Scenes" First Thursday Reception!)
2. Red Umbrella = SOLD!
3. My painting that was "sent packing" out of one show.... was accepted into this show (Mona Lisa Bartender

Unexpected Beauty, Street Views Reception Downtown February 5 (Album ONE)

Unexpected Beauty, Street Views Reception Downtown February 5 (Album TWO)

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

A painting from today

I can't believe it's been a week since the last time I painted... What happened to the "painting-a-day" thing? Well, in my defense I've had a lot of other things going on! I do intend to get back to frequent painting again. Nothing improves a person's painting more than......painting!
Today I got an opportunity to paint the same model from last week. I had a good start on a painting that included some of her torso (she was wearing a nifty strapless dress). However! my painting veered crazily off course and suddenly went muddy and masculine. It sucked! The next painting I did was definitely a better effort. This actually looks some like her and that is what I was shooting for ...resemblance! I missed opportunities for cleaner brushwork..and next time I will concentrate on cleaner shadows too. I struggled (even in the 2nd portrait) with muddiness.

9 x 12 oil on canvas panel