Wednesday, November 24, 2010
FIGURE STUDIES IN GRAPHITE AND WATERCOLOR
I took out my sketchbook containing the figure studies I did when I took classes at Manifest Gallery/Essex Studios. The sketches are mostly in graphite, some charcoal.
I'll be using them as reference material for small watercolor studies, trying to work on blossoms here and there in the body and nice combinations of colors - using the complements and keeping some of the colors pure.
If these work out well, I'll do larger versions in watercolor.
Here's a start on the first one - Standing Figure. This is on 11" x 15" Arches cold press 140# paper.
Why go back to these? I guess nudes were on my mind with all the news about Full Body Scanners at the airports and the 15% of the US who are adamantly against the intrusion and/or the pat-downs given if the scanner is refused. Jerry and I went through 2 of these on our last trip - both times we were allowed to choose to go through or through the old fashioned kind - no hassle and no problems. In fact, with Jerry's two replacement hips of titanium, it made our go-through even faster because prior to this option he always had to be taken aside and given what he calls "a nice massage" whenever we traveled.
Posted by RH Carpenter