Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Still Life with Pears

A break from plein air landscapes. Pears, painted outdoors under the sun in early fall ... then eaten:)

Plein Air Painting in the Dordogne

After painting outdoors with Dean Fisher locally this past summer, I attended his plein air workshop in the Dordogne Valley of France. What I appreciate most about working with Dean is how he helps each artist build a solid plein air painting practice. We start each day reviewing foundational concepts (thumbnails, design, composition, etc.), looking at a wide range of other artist work for inspiration, and with a demo. All in all, the perfect catalyst for growth.

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Self Portrait

Rainy day break from painting en plein air -- a quick self portrait.

Alla Prima Portraits: Girl With Pink Hair, Girl with Blue Dress, Girl with Green Sweater

2.5 hours with a few lovely young models. I'm a bit rusty, but it's fun to get back to alla prima portrait painting.

Life Drawings: Fall, 2019

Life drawing with various models.

Life Drawing: Full Frontal!

I don't pick the poses ... I just draw them!

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Location Drawings: Whole Foods Cafe, Sarlat

Usually I don't post these quick location drawings, but I took my time with this one, and I like the way it came out.

And this pen and ink sketch, from Sarlat, with a water color wash:

NOLA Reportage Trip: Drawings

Artist and illustrator Melanie Reim led a reportage trip to New Orleans, where the goal was to learn to create a narrative about place, people and events through drawing. We began each day reviewing basic concepts (thumbnails, design, composition, etc.) and ended with a group crit, to learn from each other's work. It's much more interesting to record a personal response to a place, than to just draw precisely what you see. A few drawings below:

Jazz Musicians at Cafe Beignet:

The French Quarter, Jackson Square

Zydeco at Mulates:

The French Market


Thursday, August 22, 2019

Plein Air Landscape Paintings: Summer 2019

These are some plein air studies done this summer, as a warm up to my plein air painting trip planned for this fall, with Dean Fisher in the Dordogne region of France.

I learned a few things during this trial run:

1. Do thumbnails before you start. So much information in the landscape, a simple value sketch will help. I didn't always do it, but the painters I admire all do.

2. Get the right gear. After struggling with a heavy and bulky wood pochade box, I finally broke down and bought a Strada mini and a lightweight tripod.

3. Don't chase the light!  Put the shadows down, and leave them -- better to come back a second day, than to mess up your shadow pattern.

Experimental Figure Painting: Raven

Experimental figure painting workshops with David Fox are always fun. We worked fast (30 - 40 minute poses), large (30' x 40' and larger), using acrylic paint and charcoal on heavy paper.

For this series, I began by painting abstractly on the surface, just to get things going, then defined the figure as I went along. I think my last was the most successful.

Fashion Series: Collaboration with BOND Hardware

I recently had a great opportunity to create a fashion series, inspired by BOND Hardware photo shoots.  It was fun collaborating with BOND founder Dana Hurwitz -- she has such a good eye.

I rendered each photo in color using a combination of compressed charcoal and acrylic paint on multi-media paper. Color and clothing choices were made on the fly; models are wearing BOND Hardware.