Saturday, February 26, 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011
This is the Carole Marine exersize that I am unable to post on her site...for some reason...sooo I am posinting it here. It was quite challenging and certainly clearly showed me where my weaknesses are. The panels read from right to left and top to bottom. I think it is pretty clear where my last paintings were.
Child Day 18
I want to learn more about drawing faces. This is a copy of a drawing in a Dover book that I found. It helps you to understand the proportional difference between infants, children, and adults. I want to do more work from this book to get a better feel for the portrait.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Monday, February 21, 2011
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Saturday, February 19, 2011
This portrait is of a young girl and while I like the drawing it is not quite as young as the photograph depicts. I will try again. I am posting it because I like it. I have done a few of them, but, not many and feel happy with the results of this one. I have a portrait of a young boy that I will post soon...it is an older one done a number of months ago.
4X4 1/2 "
Friday, February 18, 2011
My gum wrapper caught my attention this morning when I was getting ready to sit down and draw. I was enticed by the silver sheen of the wrapper. Yes, this is my favorite kind of gum....Chocolate Mint....sounds heavenly doesn't it!!!
My observation in drawing each day is that I am beginning to discern value much better.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Well, I can honestly say that I am learning something from the drawings that I have been doing. My drawings generally have a light touch and my paintings are much more encumbered. I started this painting 5 times before I felt that I was on the right path. I am working on a very smooth linen canvas which I don't like that much, but since I bought 3 boxes of them, I will be using them up. Who knows maybe I will learn to love them. The surface takes a lighter application of paint because the thicker paint just slips and slides around. I actually liked the feeling of less paint and how much more I could work it. I can get the desired soft edges and create a bit of atmosphere.
My still life met with a fateful end...my dog, Stella, ate my watermeon when I briefly left the room. She was careful to eat only the melon and not the rind! So, this still life is completed.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
This is a charcoal drawing that I have done from the Mums that are still living! Vine charcoal is rather difficult to work with because it is rather transient, but I love the softness of the medium. This drawing is a small drawing about 11X14. There is only so much working a drawing like this can take before the fibers of the paper are saturated. I am working on a multi-media paper that is of good quality. I won't have a painting today because I am starting a new one and it may take several days.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Some of you may recognize the set up. I did this painting from a photograph that I took of a set up in Carol Marine's workshop last year. I have wanted to paint it myself and took the opportunity. Mine is not nearly as nice, but I am still pleased with the results.
Raymar Canvas Panel
Hand Study Day 8
This is a study that I did of my hand,
Monday, February 14, 2011
Sunday, February 13, 2011
I have gone back to the implement that I most love to draw with. A common mechanical pencil is my favorite tool. In this drawing I wanted to see if I could capture the luminous light that filtered through these lemons. I was also working with a light to dark value structure. This is a small drawing about 7 by 7 inches on a multi media paper.
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Friday, February 11, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
This was a challenge. I am working with the basics...contour drawing. It was not a blind contour; I am working on that, but the drawings are hard to decyfer! I know that this drawing is distorted, but I have to suffer through some eye hand coordination problems before I can be happy with what I have done.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
These beautiful mums just make my day so much brighter! It is still a little cool but, the sun is brightly shining! I found these beutiful flowers in the grocery store...I am hoping to produce a few more paintings from them!
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I have decided to begin month long commitment to draw each day. My drawing skills are rusty and I need to work on them.
Monday, February 7, 2011
While we were in Cincinnati this past Fall we spent some time in the Conservatory. It was lush and resembled a dense tropical forest. I took many photographs and have been mulling over in my mind how I would interpret the photos. Today it has been raining heavily and the air is thick with humidity. I began to think of a tropical Rain Forest and how I would depict it. I decided on an abstract theme with lots of vibrant color. Today was a wonderful Play Day!!
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Friday, February 4, 2011
I have reworked this painting about 4 times. I am pleased with the results which I really had to work for. I have learned a lot with this painting and am anxious to apply what knowledge I have gained in my next paintigs.
This is the beginning of a series of paintings where I will try new things to paint and hopefully develop my painting skills.
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
My Camilia tree is in full bloom with the most gorgeous white blossoms. It is always such a treat to have it blossom in the winter months. Nectarines are in season again!! It is a toss up whether I prefer a peach to a nectarine, but, I personally like them over peaches. I love them because of their deep red skins and sensuous curved shape. The little orange bowl is one that I found at one of the stores in town and fell in love with the scalloped edges and curvilinear lines.