Blackhive

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And so it comes around. 2 years ago I made a commitment to myself to the practice of figurative works. I got my first tattoo to remind myself of that dedication at a shop called Blackhive. This is a portrait of the Nick Wagner who owns Blackhive tattoo.

Charcoal 14×17″ 2 hours.

Equinox

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The longest night of the year is a good night for ghosts.

The model for the Art League portrait workshop showed up in a complete Civil War era costume with a hoop dress and Hair doo. She is part of a re-enactment club here called the “Golden Teacups”. It was very inspiring, just wish I had brought some colors.

 

Madonna

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.

 

Tonal range

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.

 

Rule 62-Dont take yourself too seriosly

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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.

No matter what.

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.