Friday, August 31, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
Will finish George tomorrow - Jerry doesn't like the white abstracted places and wants me to make them green. May have to just play with that in photoshop or something to see if I want it. Is the grey-white too much?
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
I also worked a bit more on the spoons. The misket is off in this version and I need to shape and shadow the handles more and then they should be done.
Monday, August 20, 2007
I also did a little pastel practice. It looks a bit strange because I don't have a lot of variety in the pastel colors - if I was going to do portraits, I'd have to get a portrait set of colors since I'm just working with a few basics that don't work well for skin tones. But I played with darks and lights on pastel paper. I need to work on the collar bones so it looks like she's facing toward us not away but this was more to play with the strokes and blending than anything worth saving.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
Photo of waves coming into shoreline, east coast of Florida, by Jerry.The verdict is about 1/2 and 1/2 on keeping the red felt background on the spoons painting vs going for a blue/purple mix instead. I may have to do two of them! You'll find out my first choice after class tomorrow.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Saturday, August 11, 2007
I'm thinking I'll change the fabric from red to blue and pick up more blue highlights in the spoons (which are carved from shells). This is about 6.5" x 9" and I'm going to do a larger painting of it and change some things and be careful of the curves.
Friday, August 10, 2007
Interesting in that she uses the soft graphites as the highlighted areas on the black paper.
Thursday, August 9, 2007
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
And the model cancelled at 6:30 for the 7:00 figure drawing session Tuesday night so I drove over there and then was told it was cancelled :( Just me and one other lady showed up because we get there early.
So here's what I did for the landscape group - a painting to show "unity." It's from a photo Jerry took in the Smokey Mts of a stream with lots of mossy rocks and running water. It's on Arches hotpress 140# paper.
The latest American Artist Drawing magazine has an article about The Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center (that's a mouthfull!) and showcases a couple of Emil Robinson's drawings and drawings by 2 other students I never met. Nothing of mine was included, but wait till next year! Check it out at your local bookstore:
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Sunday, August 5, 2007
Saturday, August 4, 2007
Friday, August 3, 2007
Thursday, August 2, 2007
I talked to Emil Robinson about drawing lessons/tutoring but he doesn't have time as he's teaching a class at UC and also planning a long trip away to London in the fall. Until I find a good class that is recommended by someone or someone who is willing to do tutoring, I'm just struggling on my own but Jerry said my drawings are getting better. Of course, you don't know if they are correct or not since you don't see the model's position but I think this was pretty close. In the second one, I just focused more on her face after her break (so she was turned a bit more than the first one). And in this one I may have not gotten the foreshortening right because I think her legs were actually larger because they were the closest elements to me when she was lying in that position.
A couple of the guys were talking about liking to draw the female models but not the male models. I wonder why that is? I, too, prefer the female forms unless the male is in good shape and has good muscle structure. Maybe the female forms are more flowing and less intimidating (especially to the males in the group who greatly outnumber the females in the group). This model was new and she had really developed calve muscles and was fit without being muscled and had gorgeous red hair which made me want to add color but I think I should stick to the black and white in the session. I may add a touch of red here at home to give her some color.
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Finished the Royal Poinciana painting in class yesterday morning. Done done done!! It's a 1/4 sheet size (the bottom looks odd but it's because it was curved under a bit when I took the pic just now.
Our meeting of the Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society was really good today with Ken Bowman of Bowman's Framing, Inc. (103 North Fort Thomas Avenue, Fort Thomas, KY) giving us lots of pointers about how to mat and frame our paintings to show them off and/or put them in shows. Thanks to Ken and Julie Williams, his able assistant, for their presentation today! Ken told us something that I think was news to many: he hosts the Kentucky Watercolor Society travelling show when it's in northern KY! But today was the last day so I didn't get to see it :( I'll put it on the calendar for next year since he does this every year during the summer.