Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Santa arrived in a very modern sleigh...a heavy duty truck with reindeer painted on the sides! With his bag of toys and his jingling walking stick, complete with antler, he proudly donned his red velvet coat, Santa belt buckle, and shiny black boots...labeled "S" and "C".
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Anyway...pushing fear that I'd f-up (pardon my pseudo bad language aside) I started with a wash of sepia watercolor to block in the figure, allowing in to flow and drip on the paper. I then used my (very pretty brand new piece of periwinkle chalk - sooooo yummy!) to block in some of the shadows.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
These are from last Thursday evening in Woodstock. Our scheduled model was Santa...but a few hours before our drawing session, Santa called to say he was sick with food poisoning! So our fabulous miss D came to the rescue, and a wonderful night of drawing was not lost!
This was a 20 minute pose, and I love that she had these black boots on. There's something about one element of clothing or an accessory that makes the model feel more "naked". The combination of the black boots and this pose? It's intense.
The only part I am not totally happy with is the face. I think I spent so much time on the legs and torso that I didn't solve the face enough.
This was the longest pose of the night, and I spent a lot of time moving around and trying to find the best vantage point, and deciding what I wanted to work with. I used a grey pastel board and started with soft grey pastels and pencils, building up to layers of black and white.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
"yuric naked" (I blame pegi for that one)
"naked deserts" (I blame my love of chocolate cake on that one)
"nude male warriors" (I blame...well, no one. Have you SEEN warriors naked?)
Hey...however you got here...welcome :)
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Last Thursday evening we had our second session with the lovely Angel Annie - this time she struck a new pose and I worked with white and dark teal pastel pencils on a very light silver mat board. I love the flow of the drapery!
So above is the day of the cut! And here is the day after - little more flippy and you can see all the red! It's a big change from the shoulder-length brown mop I was sportin'!
Friday, October 16, 2009
“Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow them.”
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
And a quote from an interview with the artist, Alex Kenevsky
What would you say to an artist just starting out?
Build up you self esteem to the level that might seem unwarranted. This will help you ignore both positive and negative responses to your paintings. Both are usually misguided, since they come from the outside. Be your most severe and devastating critic, while never doubting that you are the best thing since sliced bread.The moment something works well and is under control - is the time to give it up and try something else.
Put all your eggs in one basket.
Precarious situations produce intense results.
Forget subjective, it is mostly trivial. Go for the universal.
Monday, October 12, 2009
I'm so happy to be sending you both a print of your choice from my Fine Art on Etsy shop!
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
I was working with watercolor pencils on watercolor paper mounted to foam core. I started with light purple and blue, and slowly added in more warm colors. As you can see above - there is a sticky note on my painting - I kept playing with her face and ignoring all the drapery! So I covered the face until I caught up with the whole figure.