Greetings…

9-25-16-erin-1

…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.

Paint brain

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.

9-11 Draw

9-11

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.

Florence Academy

Lifedraw 9-4 _18x24

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.

Our Collective Soul

8-21-16 Model - copy

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.

Pastel Portrait stages

Pastel color is pretty new to me. I dont know the technique to apply to these materials.

So Here is what I learned last night. I used a new sketch book with fairly cheap thin paper, maybe 150 gm with enough tooth to hold the pencil adequately but thats about it. I liad the drawing in on the first pose in 30 min. I should have not done so much shading with the soft 5B pencil because graphite is slick and other media will not stick to it. 1st mistake.

I had the soft pastels already laid out in the box as a pallate roughly divided in 2 rows by warm and cool. so I started in on the flesh tones and immediately knew it was going to take the next 1.5 hours of the session just to get enough marks on the paper. I dont like to blend (or rather, I dont know how to do it without turning the color muddy). I had a hard time making the chalk stick to the areas where the graphite was too heavy. I had to borrow some conte crayons in black and red to go back into the outlines and with something that would stick.

I took it home and scanned it. Then bumped up the contrast in PS just enough for the white to stay white and the black and brown area at the bottom of the hair to blend together. Then I took a few of my favorite PS brushes and spent the next hour tightening and highlighting eyes nose and lips.Then blending just enough on the flesh for it to still have drawing marks.The background wall I just filled with a big brush leaving the original colors. I didn’t need the marks there to tell the story.