Monday, April 17, 2017

Closed For Painting

Deep Shade, oil, 36" x 36"

Deep Shade (Summer Shade) was finally resolved last week. After taking the last years to focus on portraiture in drawing and painting--get my knee done and take out a lobe with cancer in it,  It's nice to be letting loose on the landscape.


Wildfire, oil, 36" x 36"


Rough Patch, oil quick sketch, 9" x 12"

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Exploring Sketching Fancies

One Minute Poses from online figurative drawing source,
Derwent Inktense pencil in it charcoal form.

One minute sketches drawn from online figurative drawing source, Derwent Inktense pencil.

Note:  While the online source definitely has possibilities as a regular source for life drawing experience at home, they're poses were theatrical--not at all natural.  I chose ones that a model could actually hold for a minute or two, after that the poses were too convoluted.  It's on YouTube if you'd like to take a look: New Master Academy Timed Figurative Drawing.

Then And Now,  Derwent pencil.  These figures were conjured from memory. 

Note:  I was amazed how much anatomy I recalled since studying anatomy at art college. The hours spent studying skeletons, drawing the bones, taking a close look at how the muscles connected to one another and observing cadavers at the morgue were well spent.  I've made a note to pull out Dynamic Anatomy and review drawing figures from memory.

The rrest of my sketches fooled abound with various subjects, mediums and approaches.  warm up sketches can concentrate on one or many ideas.  These past days, I followed my mind's eye.

Morning Joe Talking Heads was most fun sketching from the ever-changing images on TV

ballpoint still life sketchjust because it was there while I was contemplating what's next?.

an oil sketch of the woods pushing color?

A self portrait trying stronger hues?  this one has since incorporated pastels.


Using myself as my model, I  went back to seeing what could be done with the Derwent Inktense pencil.
I think I better get some fluid ink instead.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Audacity Isn't So Hard To Find

Audacity can be seen everyday on CNN.   As American history unfolds tweet by tweet,  I  continue to sketch, listen and watch fascinated to see how my great country is going to fare under the leadership of the new guy and his gang.  They claimed they'd make America great again.  Instead, I think they shoved it into  a dark, murky, dirty Game of Thrones power struggle that the next gal will have to put to rest.   This homeland turmoil is not conducive to painting, but sketching goes on with a major difference:  my subjects come from news  sources or from what's going on at our house:  my honey's recuperation from a lobectomy.  He, unlike the government, is doing just great.

This week I moved away from my General 314 and Berol pencils and tried a new pencil:  a Derwent Inktense pencil.  It's like a charcoal pencil, but can be wetted  and marks becomes ink.  I used it for the first three sketches below, which were done on Strathmore drawing paper.  The Inktense did not erase well with a knead eraser, but may pick up better with a colored pencil eraser on this paper?   A learning curve is to be expected when using new materials.  To thin down lines and correct the drawing, I used a piece of white pastel--but was dissatisfied.  The white was too blue (as you would expect from a Titanium white if I had thought about it).  A cream more in tune with the paper would be better. While I don't think the fluid line that ink and  pen with changeable nibs can give is achievable with these pencils, I do like the gestural freedom they offer fast, daily sketching.

Migrants Marooned in Belgrade, Serbia from a reference photo by Srdjan Stevanovic, Getty Images for Time Magazine.
Inktense pencil on 6" x 8" Strathmore Drawing Pad.

The Women, Inktense pencil, white pastel and coffee on Strathmore Drawing Pad,

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, An Impressive World Leader, Inktense pencil and water on
Strathmore Drawing Pad 6" x 8"

If Looks Could Kill,  Charcoal pencil on 8" x 6" Strathmore Drawing Pad.

Off The Top of My Head, General 314 pencil on Strathmore Drawing Pad 8" x 6".  Sometimes I draw from memory.

In The Waiting Room, General 314 pencil on Strathmore Drawing Pad 6" x 8".