Last night at TAC was raining. I had not drawn the model from life in over one year. I had lost interest really. I can draw the figure competently and I have a line quality that I am satisfied with but I did not know where else to go with this except paint, yet I enjoy drawing immensely and I am color blind. Also, I am so sick of Facebook with all the bickering that I am spending more time and energy with Instagram. The outreach is further and it is full of pleasant visual surprises without all the butthurt. Recently I came across Shibari artists or Kinbaku-Bi (depending on your affiliations), which I find delightful and erotic. It reminds me of a figure flying or a body sprawled out in death as there is a beauty in that pose as well (see Luc Sante’s book “Evidence”). I think I will start drawing from this ancient JAPANESE artform as inspiration for a series of drawings.
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.
11×14″Oil on Canvas 2Hr Figure Sketch.
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.
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.
The model and 4 successive stages at 20min intervals. 2 hours. Zorn Pallette
Another 20 min paint sketch which I worked back into the next day using the same Zorn Pallet.
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.
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.