"Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter's soul." Vincent Van Gogh

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Life Drawing Smiles

Lynn / 40 minutes / ebony graphite on newsprint

Lynn / 60 minutes / ebony graphite on newsprint
 Lynn, our lovely model with the bubbly personality smiled throughout the session today.

16 comments:

  1. Such wonderful and lovely mark making.

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    1. I am thrilled at the opportunity to attend these life sessions and think that I am making progress. If nothing more, I am learning to see more deeply into the subject matter - perhaps a bit beyond the tilt of the head or the turn of the lips or the direction of the light. I am seeing a little more inwardly now.

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  2. Susan, I love seeing your graphite works!!! The 60 min. sketch of Lynn reminded me so much of a Lautrec sketch of one of the can-can dancers. It must be her hair, and her expression. WONDERFUL!!!

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    1. I was so absorbed when drawing her - when I stood back from the easel to see what I had done, I was astonished to see that I had drawn a Toulouse Lautrec dancer - I had that exact thought, Kathryn! I think this model, who was bursting with personality and could hardly hold still for a minute, just exuded that kind of energy. Funny, isn't it!

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    1. Thanks you, Carolann - I am pleased to see a little progress in my graphite work from these life sessions. Hopefully, that will spill over into my painting.

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  4. If I was as good as you at life drawing, I'd be tempted to do some more classes - but I crumble when I'm painting with really great Artists! Your smiles are perfect! :0)

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    1. You draw so beautifully, Sandra - your teddy bears are awesome and you draw very complicated settings for them. I encourage you to try life drawing - it is terrifying, no doubt. But well worth the terror!

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  5. Proficiat susan,
    je hebt een gave om de personenmooi weer te geven !
    groetjes,
    Simonne

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    1. Thank you, Simmone. I love drawing and painting people - there is nothing as difficult or as challenging as a human face! Your words encourage me!

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  6. Love it! And there is so much personality in this sketch. You really captured her personality on the inside as well as the outside. Great work!

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    1. Those are words I love to hear! Thanks, Heather!

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  7. Susan!
    Great drawings!
    Wonderful smiles!
    A pleasure to look at and enjoy over and over again!
    Bravo to you!
    Michael

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    1. It seems we are both enjoying our classes, Michael! It's a good thing to stretch yourself once in a while and I find theses classes do that for me!

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  8. Wonderful sketches! I love the expressions!!!

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    1. Many thanks, Hilda - love your new pastel!

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