|Oil on linen panel / 24 x 36|
"Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter's soul." Vincent Van Gogh
Friday, May 31, 2013
Thursday, May 30, 2013
|Cyndi in Repose / graphite on smooth tan paper / 35 minutes|
Today was the end of this current session of life drawing and I am so sad! There is something so magical about drawing the human form from life and I always wish it would never end. The poses today were excellent as our model was very intensely focused. I once again went for the view with extreme foreshortening and am happy how this sketch turned out. I think 30 or 35 minutes is enough for me to catch the essence of the pose without going into excruciating detail. This drawing is on smooth tan paper with a few white charcoal highlights here and there.
|Cyndi / 20 minutes / ebony graphite on newsprint|
We did two sitting poses and eliminated the long standing pose today. I think the instructor had a fear of the model falling off the platform and wanted to reduce the risk of that happening again! In any case, each one was a great pose and I was happy.
|Cyndi / 30 minutes / ebony graphite on newsprint|
|Two 1 minute poses / Sienna Conte on newsprint|
|Three 1 minute poses / Sienna Conte on newsprint|
|24x36 / oil on linen|
I had a very funny conversation with my husband the other day and thought I would share it with you. Last week, after coming home from my drawing class, I told my husband about the incident with the model where he fainted and fell off the platform. I explained that he was nude and the instructor ran over with his robe to cover him and my husband exclaimed "You are drawing naked men!" When I told him yes, we draw nude men and women in life drawing class, he asked me "Can't you find a Farm Animal drawing class instead?" I laughed so hard - I had just assumed he knew what life drawing was - but apparently NOT!
Thursday, May 23, 2013
|Ebony graphite on newsprint l4 x 17|
|Ebony graphite on newsprint / 20 minutes|
|Ebony graphite on newsprint / 30 minutes|
I also had a chance to begin a new equine painting since returninghome. Its rather large at 30 x 24. Here is the initial oil lay in:
And this is how far I have progressed so far:
As I may not get the opportunity to spent time in my studio tomorrow, I am hoping I can finish it this weekend.
And now I am off to have some fun in catching up with all the blogs I have been following and missed out on last week! I know there is lots of wonderful and inspiring work out there for me to view and comment on!
Thursday, May 9, 2013
|Robert Hughes / oil on cardboard / 16 x 14|
Robert Hughes was a well known art critic for Time magazine and in 1980 he wrote this book after doing an 8 part BBC TV series of the same name. The book is a well written, engaging and provocative journey through the history of modern art from 1880 forward. It addresses the development of modernism from the Impressionists through Andy Warhol and is brutally honest with a delightful flair for the dramatic phrase! It's fascination for me is how Mr. Hughes relates each artist that he addresses to his time in history and how the major events of the time shaped their work. Its a dazzling book. He passed away last August and that is when I first heard about him and his book. In any case, reading his words inspired me to paint this quick portrait.
Thursday, May 2, 2013
|A frenzy of sketches - 1 minute each|
|20 minute pose / ebony graphite on newsprint / approximately 20 x 14|
|40 minute seated pose / ebony graphite on newsprint / 20 x 16|
|45 minute pose / graphite on medium brown paper with charcoal white highlights / approximately 24 x 18|