Thursday, January 17, 2019
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 another drawing I did in a sepia colored pencil.
Will try again!
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
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)!
Monday, January 07, 2019
A recent Chinese fortune said, "Persistence and determination will be rewarded". I'll keep that one taped to my easel!
With that advice in mind, here's a crit of my 2nd urban landscape:
- The good: I'm finally working in a series. (It only took me 18 years!) And, I tried to be looser.
- The bad: I really don't know how to harmonize colors!
Here's my first painting of the New Year, for an urban landscape series I'm starting. My crit:
- Keep things looser. Too tight.
- Plan the composition -- a single focal point would make it much stronger. The images below show how that improves things.
This demonstrates the value of doing a thumbnail, trying out different compositions, before you begin. Lesson learned!
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Friday, December 07, 2018
Here's a fun way to loosen up: grab a branch off a tree, a bottle of ink, and some paper, and draw with it! That's was one exercise in David Fox's drawing workshop. He put a bunch of tree branches on the floor, gave us some ink, and away we went.
Standing 3 feet away, and having very little control over your line, shows you that being in control isn't as important as you think it is!
Monday, November 26, 2018
In all honesty, I prefer to begin with a more solid drawing ... that's just my comfort zone. But in Ismael's class, I'll follow his advice, to see where it leads.
A commissioned portrait of a very handsome (and well-loved) horse named Harlan. My process:
- Take and edit photos
- Do pen and ink sketches, to work out pose and colors (see below). I liked some of the sketches, so I also turned them into notecards.
- Decide on a favorite (the owner chose the tan background).
"Your painting is a HUGE hit!!!!! Nicole loves it, and also loves the cards!"
That was the goal:) Merry Christmas, Nicole!
Thursday, November 08, 2018
Ismael Checo says this to me every week. So today, I tried to be more spontaneous ... something completely different for me.
A good exercise -- less accurate, more painterly? And ... completely out of my comfort zone.