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.
I started this one before the storm hit. Almost done, just need to add the Sacred Heart tattoo on her chest.
An artist and old friend, Jirahr Zorthian once said there is only Ecstasy and Vanity. I think I know what he meant and it appies to most every human experience, but certainly the creative process.
New workshop, new model at the “Space” Jax hosted by Matt Bennett.
Meanwhile, back at the Art League;
2 – 20 minute sketches in charcoal.
The longest night of the year is a good night for ghosts.
The model for the Art League portrait workshop showed up in a complete Civil War era costume with a hoop dress and Hair doo. She is part of a re-enactment club here called the “Golden Teacups”. It was very inspiring, just wish I had brought some colors.
11×14″Oil on Canvas 2Hr Figure Sketch.
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