Monday, December 29, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
And of course last night was a wonderful drawing session because Mike was on the stand. This is the long pose from our drawing session. Shane recommended something "compact" - which I love (Mike IS the "human pretzel")
Staging the pose is very important. When working with a large group, goal number one should be to provide an interesting pose from all angles.
This pose was reworked a bit as we all surveyed it from our different vantage points. The outstretched arm was repositioned several times, and we settled on this suggestion from Shane that he called "drawing in the sand". What's nice about the outstretched arm was the "nook" it created behind it where mike's legs were tucked underneath. From the other angles, it added a nice negative shape to an otherwise compact pose.
Plus it played up Mike's structure in his arm and back - the lighting and the pose came together and we had a wonderful night of drawing.
Well we've had 48 hours of rain here in Woodstock, GA so getting a phot of the drawing in natural light is not happening. So I was trying to get a good picture of this drawing indoors...which is hard because the lighting is difficult, but also because every time Ari sees the camera she runs over and says "Cheese!"
So...here's my little peanut and the drawing!
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Sent out two more original drawings this week! They are both gifts so SHHHHH if you know who's getting them!
I get so thrilled to hear that someone likes my work. I think it's an even greater compliment to know that they are confident enough in the purchase to give it as a gift! I am truly honored when I hear that my work is a gift to someone else.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
I keep reciting what my undergraduate teacher used to say "If you are afraid to sell something, you're really afraid you will never make anything better".
So...I hope these drawings are happy in their new homes in Seattle and Toronto! As for me, I will keep working.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
I have had this still life in my studio for several months - the result of a live model session where the model had to go home sick and we made do!
But it hadn't developed any further than the initial sketch...I didn't knw what direction i wanted to take it in, and i was a little worried about layering over the drawing because i liked a lot of the line qualitly in the drawing.
But I was inspired by a photograph in my latest Entertainment Weekly of the band Coldplay
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The photo is actually built (I think) like a great painting - the colors (umber with cobalt blue and cadmium red moments) Great linear and geometric elements and a wonderful variety of textures.
So...I used the pallete for my still life! I made sure to spray the charcoal drawing and my initial layers of paint were mixed with glaze so that the lines were preserved.
After adding a bit more paint, I went back with my charcoal pencil and re-discovered a few lines that I wanted to emphasize.
It's not done yet...but i feel much better now that I've got this painting started!
You never know what will inspire you.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
I don't do a lot of pastel portraits. I draw from the live model quite often using pastels and charcoal - but they have few layers of pastel - they are very immediate. So this was a learning process for me.
I was working on a pre-made grey pastel board, one that has a similar texture to a very fine sandpaper. I loved the grey and the way the oranges in the drawing looked against it. But I did some things wrong - I did my initial drawing with a very deep red nupastel, and I was battling (trying to cover) those lines for the rest of the drawing.
I love layering blues, greens and purples in skin tones - but I forgot that at some point the pastel becomes "saturated" and I can't draw on top of it any more! I did spray fix and sand away some areas hoping to recapture some texture and allow more layers, but I wasn't successful.
O well...the overall impact is pretty good, and I loved giving it a try, and I'm inspired to try another drawing! Thank you so much for inspiring me!
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Friday, November 7, 2008
This was an awesome pose for this challenge - the lighting was creating excellent shadows, and because his head is shaved it really allowed for a clean, masculine look to the drawing.
His deep brown skin creates a huge array of colors in the highlights and shadows - ranging from icy blue highlights to red-umber reflective light.
It was a challenge working on the black surface -I had to be careful not to get too chalky with my colors, and some of the deeper richer colors were losing their impact on the black.
But overall I am very pleased!
James also did this curvy back pose for us - the ess in the spine and that very unique shadow on the back were challenging to draw. I switched to warmer tones for this drawing.
The last drawing is Diane from our Wednesday night class at Shane's studio. It's watercolor pencil on watercolor paper mounted to foam core. I like the colors and the pose and I feel like I created a strong sense of where the light source was coming from, but next time I think I'll start with my warm colors and work towards cool...here I did the opposite and never quite warmed up her skin tone.
O well...that's why I continue to draw from the live model - always something new to learn!
Monday, November 3, 2008
The top drawing is Tina from two Thursdays ago here in Woodstock...there's something about Tina's creamy skin that shows so much variety of the light - I tend to grab lots of fuscias, pinks and blues when I draw her...the range of warm to cool light shows up so well on her skintone.
The next two were drawn at Shane's studio last Wednesday night. This model was new to me...I think her name was Maureen (don't hold me to that!) but she was a lovely model, and I'm so glad I had time to draw the pose from two different vantage points.
The light background was done first - broadly laying in areas of color and then defining those areas with charcoal line.
The second drawing was a bit more dramatic - I was standing in a darker corner of the room, behind the light source that was shining on the model, so I could really play up the light and shadow accross her form.
I've decided most of my work looks vbest from about 10 feet back...every time I backed up to look at my drawing I liked it better than up close!
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Sunday, November 2, 2008
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Saturday, November 1, 2008
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Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
I'm mellowing out a few of the squares - layering some more neutral browns or changing some of the more intense blues to more greyish blues. I think it's looking much better!
I'm posting a big influence on this piece - a painting by Kim Frohsin (http://www.kimfrohsin.com/) that I tore out of a magazine a couple years ago (I think!!!) It's been hanging in my studio forever. I love her use of color, line, paint quality, the variety she achieves in her piece while still maintaining unity among the squares.
This is a corner of my studio - covered by naked ladies - butshowing a drawing from way back in 2003 - the purple and black of drawing of a torso - where I also did a first layer of squares before drawing on top. I'm glad I had that drawing on the wall, too...I like the variety of drawing techniques I used. I need to keep that in mind! There's a different feel to a painting from a live model - an energy an immediacy - you can't always achieve when working in the studio from memory.
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Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Well I finally got to work for a short while today - and I use that term loosely because I had a three year old monkey boy climbing on top of me, asking for paint, wanting to peel dry paint off my old pallette (OK who doesn't love to do that?) and dropping my favorite blue Nupastel on the floor and breaking it into a zillion pieces.