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.
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.