Friday, February 23, 2007
Monday, February 19, 2007
The temperature got up to 45F today - a heat wave after much of last week. When I got out of the car today it sounded like our house was melting - drip drip drip down the eaves and gutters full of ice. Interesting - what would you do if you came home and found out your house was melting? :)
Saturday, February 17, 2007
I believe both of these little sketches/paintings are from previous WeekendDrawingEvents at WetCanvas (http://www.wetcanvas.com so they were from the Image Library, I'm sure - I don't think I've ever taken a photo of a pig in my life - although piglets are cute, in a pigly sort of way :)
This last one came from a photo also from WetCanvas (by ladybuglane and called Singing Pig) - just testing out my Inktense watersoluble ink pencils in my sketchbook.
Did test the colors by laying down dry color and wetting it - they are intense colors - the bright sunny colors make me want to be somewhere warm and sunny and bright...
Sorry, the top colors are shaded by the sketchbook but the colors are: Sun Yellow, Tangerine, Poppy Red, Fuchia, Sea Blue, Teal Green, Apple Green, Leaf Green, Deep Indigo, Baked Earth, Bark and Ink Black. Makes me think of the Bahamas...
Also went back to my How to Draw Lifelike Portraits from Photographs book by Lee Hammond and studied noses.
And then pulled up Michael R. Britton's May 2005 Art Academy newsletter and read Understanding the Nose. Hammond talks about making a grid for the features to get them placed right but also says the face should actually be measured like this:
The nose is measured from the bridge, between the eyes DOWN to underneath the nostrils - and distance is EQUAL to the distance from the bottom of the chin UP to the nostrils.
Britton says placing the nose right and getting it right is the most important way to start a portrait - it is the classical method of portrait drawing, which is centuries old. He says dividing the face into thirds (as we are often taught) is just a general rule and you really need to get past that to draw accurate portraits because some people have long noses, some have short - some have long chins and some have short = makes sense, yes? Also, by thinking that the placement of the eyes is the starting point and putting those eyes 1/2 way between the top of the head and the chin, you start out with an incorrect drawing and it just gets worse as you go along.
So, working with the information from Hammon and Britton, I used the grid system (1 inch blocks to place over the photo you're using and then 1 inch blocks on your sketch paper to transfer the image accurately), I did 2 more noses.
Don't you think the side view looks sad, or anguished?
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Here's the Valentine's card I made for my Sweetie, Jerry, from a photo I set up of my coffee cup and two Dove chocolates.
"The need for love lies at the very foundation of human existence."
Monday, February 12, 2007
Well, yesterday's class wasn't a total bust. I did finish the Green Hat painting and I'm pleased with a lot of it and I think it looks more like a watercolor than most things I paint.
Today, I'll be working on a Valentine's card for my Sweetie and staying in away from the snow, sleet and freezing rain that's outside today.
Saturday, February 10, 2007
Thank you, Ron! What a sweet surprise for this old broad who's been grumpy for days!
And this gift makes me think about connections. Many people say the internet is a time-waster, a mess, full of junk. That's true. But it's also a way for we humans to make connections to other humans we normally would never come in contact with in our lifetimes. We can talk and chat and share - anything from a recipe to a sob story or our love of painting or tango dancing. What a world we live in!
And I got my Border's gift certificate at the birthday celebration last night + a gift certificate coming from DickBlick.com for more art supplies :) I am a happy girl!
I also recommend her book called, Watercolor for the Serious Beginner, not only for her technique and style explained but for her wonderful paintings inside the book.
Tonight we're going to Jenny's house for the get-together for all those in the family with birthdays in January and February (Moe, Donal, Fritz, me). If I get what I asked for I will be spending some more time in Border's Bookstore buying art books and mysteries and sipping White Chocolate Mocha coffees (they have shaved white chocolate on the top - yum).
"Mixing color on the palette is like watching butterflies come to life." --- Mary Wyte
A few decades ago there was a silly man who wrote silly songs. His name was Jim Stafford. He still performs in Branson, Missouri. These studies reminded me of one of his songs titled, Sixteen Little Red Noses and a Horse That Sweats." The song had nothing to do with either the number 16 or noses or a sweating horse but instead was a blues song that went:
"My wife ran off with the garbage man.
My wife ran off with the garbage man.
Now I don't miss that woman
But somebody's got to empty my cans."
My sketch has nothing to do with red noses - but maybe the cold temperature for days and days had made me think of red noses!
Wednesday, February 7, 2007
Here's the second sketch and portrait I started in class Monday - the sketch is on newsprint and the wc portrait is on Fabriano Artistico coldpress paper. I wish I hadn't made the hair so dark and stiff looking but kept the whole painting very loose and free. Live and learn.
The photo was done by a WetCanvas member, yabby.
Saturday, February 3, 2007
The photo was taken by a WetCanvas member called jocelynsart and she called it Extentions.
And here is the beginning watercolor portrait...it needs work - I really messed up the nose and the eyes need more work so still more to come...