Sunday’s model was Scandinavian in ancestry. She had a high forehead and long neck. Her neck was not as long as the one I drew, I just wanted to accentuate it like one of the Russian Icon paintings of Madonna. I would like to experiment with elongating the entire figure as El Greco did. If I could just stop being afraid of the results of experimenting.
Vine Charcoal on Newsprint and Bond.
Cool thing about this charcoal is the tonal range you can get by manipulating the marks.
It does not stick to the newsprint very well so I tried conté and then changed paper on the profile.
Charcoal is very dynamic but hard to control. This is soft 7/16 willow and highlighted with kneaded eraser.
Having fun with some charcoal. It really versatile stuff when it comes to diversity of line and marks. Someone said my hair looks like metal.
11×14″Oil on Canvas 2Hr Figure Sketch.
The last few weeks at the Tuesday Art League I have been trying to paint oil portraits in 2 hours. That is an intense experience. I ran into a colleague on the street who said he was also at last weeks class. I was so busy, desperately trying to make the painting work that I didn’t even remember him, or say hello. In fact, I did not say hello to anyone or look at anyone else’s work.
Last night I just brought my charcoal and pad and I finished this sketch early and went around to share some coffee and a few jokes with my fellow artists.
Remember Rule #62.
Oil on canvas 10×12. 2 hours.
My friend Al, a decorated Vietnam War Vet wore his full dress uniform and modeled for us at the Art League.
Felt like the flu this weekend but you got to paint , no matter what.
From Right to Left:
25min Oil on canvas. Burnt Umber on Toned BU ground.
25min Burnt Umber, White, Ochre On BU ground.
50min Full Zorn pallet on BU ground.
Just trying to learn to draw with a long hairy stick.