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.
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.
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.
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.
I understand that Rodin once told the poet Ranier Maria Rilke when he was feeling low, “If you are depressed, go to the Zoo!”
I have been a bit under the weather lately but spring is coming, I have a new Graphic Novel Project and things are looking up.
I have not been to a life drawing session in over 1 year. Thats a long time for me. I heard that Erin was modeling at Vinnie’s workshop at FSCJ so I packed up the kit and when I was done remembered why I do this. Because it’s just a fulfilling and productive activity. The people there are dedicated and great, the model Erin is beautiful and a real pro. These are my people. It does not matter that I can’t make a living at this, it brings me joy. I think I’ll go again next week.
One more for the Alcoholics series. I am looking for something here and a lot of what I see ends up in the eyes.
I suppose I should expound on this title. I started the series on “alcoholics” 11 years ago in Los Angeles. All the subjects I have drawn so far are self-proclaimed alcoholics in recovery. They are sober and have been since their sobriety date which may have been years ago but they identify themselves as alcoholics as part of their treatment. This is not some kind of study in causality or a before and after contrast. I did not know them when they were actively in addiction but I wanted to see if there was something in common I could see by the drawing. I usually end up hearing something of the story of their recovery as we sit for these drawings which last about 30 to 40 minutes.
Graphite on Newsprint 18×24