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.
…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.
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.
Hal -Oil on Canvas 18×24″
9-8-2016 Day One: Water main broke at the studio about 30 minutes before the session was to begin. I had asked the model to wear a black jacket or at least long sleves. Mostly to save time on the painting session. Also, the model was going to bring a canvas with him at 10×10″, this also to save time by just painting the head.
None of these things worked out in my favor. That’s life.
I shut off the water main. Selected a grey primed 18×24″ canvas and started a full length seated. Hal had some unusual scars on his arms particularly a good one on his right forearm from a dance with a plate glass window. These were all nice details anyway.
The first session lasted from 11am until 3pm with a few breaks and a snack. Hal was really a patient model and good storyteller so a good time was had by all.
The first session was blocked in to my satisfaction and I took a few photos for reference.
I picked up the brushes the next day and spent 3 solid hours lighting the face, hair and eyes.
I am about done except some background area fill and defining the weight on the left side so that his arm makes sense where it is. One more day on this one, I think.
18×24″ black Conté crayon, from the Art League life draw on Sunday.
These 2 young ladies showed up with a specific model and set-up they wanted to use. It turns out that they both went to the Florence Academy and studied classical style. It was apparent in their work. Masterful. well proportioned and executed drawings delivered by these 2 young artists reconfirmed the ideas I have always held that drawing skills can be taught. It’s not random dispersions of talent.
I was inspired enough to spend the next 2 hours making this careful study, even though I had just lousy newsprint paper.
Trying to find a standard size to practice these oil on canvass board portraits.
This is 5×7″ and I think its too small, just the size of the canvas weave looks huge.
I am going to try 8×10″ next for head and shoulders like this one. That will make the head about 5″. This one is about 3″.