3 ring circus

11-2-16-1

2 Hours. Oil on plastic coated canvas. Zorn pallete.

Someone at the workshop asked me why I used a Zorn pallete, which is a limited pallete mixed from Zinc white, yellow ochre, alizarine Crimson and Lamp black. Its because oil painting is like a 3 ring circus. It’s a lot of technical stuff to manage while still trying to capture a likeness.

It’s like trying to tie your shoes while you are in a 100 yard dash.

Practice

Practice and humility are essential for my development in art and life.

Not because I am “not good enough”. Not because “I am better than”.

Both of these states are comparative and self-defeating. I am just an artist among artists.

I went to my regular figure drawing workshop yesterday and found out that a colleague was teaching a beginning figure drawing class right after the workshop. I have never had any instruction in drawing before and it never occurred to me that I needed any. He was gracious enough to allow me to sit in on his class and I learned much in his approach.

experiment

2 from the Art League today. Charcoal on sketchpad 9×12″

First one was vine charcoal in 15 min. Second one was vine charcoal 25 min then compressed charcoal pencil 25 min.

I am new to charcoal and learned something about the materials.

When I did commercial art I rarely experimented with materials I did not know. It was too risky. Its nice to be learning again.

9-11 Draw

9-11

I can sometimes get drawn into the controversy, the election, the agenda, the media, the hoopla, the spectacle, the problems of the world. These are not my problems. I did not create them nor am I very likely to solve them merely with my opinion.

I need to shut out the noise and do my work.

Florence Academy

Lifedraw 9-4 _18x24

18×24″ black Cont√© crayon,¬†from the Art League life draw on Sunday.

These 2 young ladies showed up with a specific model and set-up they wanted to use. It turns out that they both went to the Florence Academy and studied classical style. It was apparent in their work. Masterful. well proportioned and executed drawings delivered by these 2 young artists reconfirmed the ideas I have always held that drawing skills can be taught. It’s not random dispersions of talent.

I was inspired enough to spend the next 2 hours making this careful study, even though I had just lousy newsprint paper.

Our Collective Soul

8-21-16 Model - copy

Charcoal Study on Newsprint 18X24″. Probably spent more time on the eyes than anything else. I am taking this time to get back to the elemental of art without concern of remuneration. Hopefully the work will be more than academic and reflect something of my old soul. Our collective soul.