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.
14×17″ Charcoal from last night at the Art League
Very similar stages of completion but after a nights sleep and about 15 more minutes of work, the one on the right looks far better.
The one on the left is how I stopped with the model last night at 8pm.
I thought it was finished but when I looked this am with fresh eyes I saw some issues I needed to address.
- Jaw too low where it meets the chin, decrease the jowl and strengthen jaw line
- Too much highlight on cheek and forehead. Shade and tighten up/define highlights
- Eye too dark. Highlight and define.
- Separate head outline from background and darken head shadow on shoulder to make the head “pop out”.
Vine charcoal and conte B on newsprint from the church of naked ladies.
Drawing slowly and deliberately massing values. 25 min each.
12×14-Pastel on Srath 400, 1.5hrs
The ipad is a good tool for getting your 8 year old daughter to sit still for a portrait.
18×24″ Pastel on newsprint. I’d prefer to be painting but anything which helps me make decisions with color is adding up towards my goals.
My problem with pastels has been to think of it as drawing instead of as painting.
That’s this model’s name. He’s got 5 ink marks on his left cheek.
Vine Charcoal on 14×17 Strathmore 400.2 hours
Finally learning how to blend the value masses with charcoal but I dont think this is the best paper for it.
…from the church of the Naked.
One of my favorite things is to a attend a live model workshop with other artists on Sunday afternoon. I have been doing it regularly since 1994.
This painting study is from Sunday. 9×12 oil on canvass board using a Zorn color palette I premixed for use in a self-portrait the day before. (no pun intended).
More on the Zorn palette in the next post.
18×24 willow charcoal and soft charcoal pencil on Strathmore 400
Attempting to block in the big dark shapes with the edge of the charcoal, then cut back in to find the drawing.
10×14″ -Oil on Masonite
I’ve been averaging one oil painting a week for 4 weeks now. I am starting to see these paintings in my sleep, really. Its as if they are getting burned on to my retinas after staring at them for hours at a time.
1) First break after about one hour.
2) Final after 6 hours total and 3 breaks.
Sometimes these things swing wide between success and disaster so don’t get too cocky. You should see all the wrong turns I made between these 2 examples of beginning and end.