Thursday, May 09, 2019

Portraits in Oil: Spring 2019

Back at the Rye Art Center!  Instructor Ismael Checo says to use more color, especially in the skin tones, for greater impact from across the room. Looking at the difference between these, he is right! Her skin looks pasty -- for the guy's portrait, I used more color, and it works better.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Portraits in Oil: Winter 2019

One great takeaway from Ismael Checo's class at the Rye Art Center is to exaggerate color beyond what you see. Here are a few recent portraits.

Side note:  One model was particularly dour. I've dubbed her portraits, 'Sourpuss 1" and 'Sourpuss 2'.

Painting Short Poses: Winter 2019

This winter, I schlepped up to the Silvermine Art Center in New Canaan, to take Dean Fisher's painting class. He's an extraordinary teacher, it was well worth the trip.

One thing that I learned from these 40-minute quick studies on a mid-toned board is to paint the light. The form emerges and the shadow is suggested without having to paint it:)

Something different! Drawing of Asia

I don't know what to say about this, except that I felt like trying something different, and it worked:)

More drawings of Asia (Winter 2019)

This past winter, artist David Fox offered a life drawing class in Chappaqua. It's so good to be able to draw from a model, locally. Thank you, NWAG!

These are some more drawings of Asia, one of our favorite models. I really like the one above, where I slowed down, and just used compressed charcoal and one accent color.

Drawing with the left (non-dominant) hand

I'm right-handed, but sometimes, I do more expressive drawings with my left hand. I don't know why, but I really like this one:)

Drawing from the Model: 'Sandra' (Winter 2019)

This past winter, artist David Fox offered a life drawing class in Chappaqua. This was my favorite drawing of a lovely model named Sandra.

Foreshortened poses are usually tough ... this one worked.

Drawing on grey/blue hahnemuhle paper

Martin Campos is an extraordinary figurative artist that I follow on Instagram and Facebook. Check out his work:

His drawings on toned paper inspired the series above. Gray/blue hahnemuhle paper is a nice contrast to warm skin tones. I like the first drawing, went overboard on the others.  Still, it was fun!

Thursday, January 31, 2019

'Portrait of Strength: Girl With Green Sweatshirt' (16" x 20" Oil Painting)

Even if this painting doesn't really look like the model, enjoyed doing it. Instructor Ismael Checo gave great feedback as always: Start faster, work looser, check values. 

I started from life, finished from a photo. 3 hours total.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Life Drawings: Raven at Chappaqua Performing Arts Center (CPAC)

The nude pose was 5 five minutes; the clothed poses were 10 and 20 minutes, respectively. 

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Urban Landscape IV: 'Lunch Break" (12" x 12" Oil Painting)

Scenes of people just doing their thing is one of my favorite things to paint. The latest painting in my urban landscape series is a lady taking a lunch break outside the New York Public Library.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Figure Drawing Practice

Playing with some new materials - powdered charcoal, charcoal pencil. It didn't go well -- a struggle until I figure out how to use them.

I intended to create a dark background, and pull out the lights. Abandoned that idea halfway, and tried to salvage the drawing in sepia colored pencil. Will try again!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

'Urban Landscape III': New York Public Library (20" x 20" Oil)

If you are from New York City, you will recognize this landmark.

Two lion statues -- 'Patience,' and 'Fortitude' -- grace the Fifth Avenue entrance of the New York Public Library. This one is Fortitude (I think)!