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

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Self Portrait Inbetween Studying

Self Portrait in Mirror / graphite on newsprint
Only time for about a 30 minute study and the only live model around was me :o !

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Tuesday Life Drawing

Gary / graphite on newsprint

Gary / Graphite on newsprint
Today was the last life drawing session for a while - I will miss it but am overjoyed that I had this opportunity to draw from live models. Our model today was Gary, an airline pilo,t and it was his first time modeling. He did perfectly. And am I crazy, or does he look like Bobby Kennedy? Last week I seemed to draw a Toulouse Lautrec dance-hall girl and this week I draw a Bobby Kennedy look a like? LOL - oh, well - I do try to draw what I see!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Equine #9

Equine #9 / 16x12 / oil on canvas panel

This is the only painting I have had a chance to do this week as I am studying to renew a medical license that I am afraid to let lapse. I quit my day job a little over a year ago and have been trying to make a go of painting full time. But with the license coming due, I got a little nervous and think its much better to be safe and keep it current than to regret that decision at a later date.  In any case, this little piece at least got me back to my easel and away from the books for a short time.

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.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Equine #8

Equine #8 / 18x14 / Oil on linen panel
And #8 makes his presence known! I just love painting these equine athletes - their exuberance is catching and makes me want to paint more and more! Recently, I must have ordered a lot of 14 x 18 linen canvases as, when I look back on this series, they are mostly  that size. I guess I should order some frames and see how they will look all framed up.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Equine #7

Equine #7 / 14x18 / oil on linen

I am pleased with this study but not very pleased with the photograph. I take the photos of my paintings in my studio under pretty constant lighting conditions but the color in this, after taking several shots, is kind of washed out. This photo is the closest to the painting as I could get but still not correct. I may try to retake it in the morning tomorrow.