Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Life drawing Tuesdays

Today's model (Fred) was a pleasure to draw. We started with short poses and graduated to longer ones.

Instructor David Fox says to start a longer pose exactly the same as a 1 minute pose. Get the gesture -- then, any added time is a bonus.

 For some reason, today I struggled with some of the most basic things -- placing the figure on the paper, and rendering his hands. Here are a few of the longer poses.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Life Drawing Tuesdays

Some days you have it, some days you don't. The model was fabulous -- these drawings, not so much. I post them to document my progress ... hoping for better, next time:)

Friday, June 08, 2018

Portrait Thursdays - Study in Oils (16" x 20")

Noticed a few new things while painting this model today, especially the reflected colors that are in the portion of the face in shadow.

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Life Drawing Tuesdays: Short poses vs. longer poses!

When it comes to life drawing, I like the challenge of capturing the gesture/movement of the model.

Problem is, with more time sometimes the drawing loses something:(  Need to think about how to go from 2 minutes to 20 minutes, and still keep it fresh.

Here's the progression:

The drawings below are from a 1- 2 minute poses -- nice and gestural and spontaneous.

This next drawing is from a 10 - 15 minute pose.   Still like it.

This drawing is from a 20 minute pose.   YIKES. Completely lost it.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Life Drawing Tuesdays!

As much as I'd love to master painting, I do love drawing the figure ... especially from life.

Today I pulled out a few pastels in the last hour of David Fox's life drawing class, and look what happened:)

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Thoughts on a Drawing: 'Friends Walking on Quogue Beach'

While cleaning my studio, I found this old drawing. I don't remember making it (colored pencils!?), but the subject is unmistakeable: my husband Steve, our friend Roger, and Roger's dog Jake, on a long-ago summer day in Quogue.

Fast forward 10 years: Steve and Roger, still friends. Roger is now divorced, his beach house soon to be sold. Jake, his beloved tibetan terrier -- gone to the great beyond.

The beach, of course, is timeless.

Finding this drawing reminded me of something my teacher Andrew Lattimore said recently. Our drawings and paintings may not be great art. But someone in the future could see it and say "Oh, this is what life was like back in 200x".

So we draw, we paint. We document the way things are. Ultimately, we leave something behind that shows we were here. I like that.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Portrait Thursdays: Maeve (Study in oil, 16" x 20")

Today's model was had striking red hair, fair skin and pale blue eyes. I didn't do her justice -- hope she returns, so I get to paint her again!