Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Man In Blues And Greys; Reclining Man In Red

Drawn this morning, from life.

The large painting is oil pastel and acrylic paint on 20"x24" canvas.

The small piece is oil pastel on 6" square origami paper.

I will probably add some detail to the large painting, but I want to live with it for a bit before deciding.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Woman In Autumn; Back In Purple; Woman In Blue And Red; Woman In Blue And Yellow

 I painted these yesterday and today, from life.

Woman In Autumn is oil pastel and oil paint on 11"x14" canvas.

Back In Purple is oil pastel and oil on 12"x16" canvas.

The two small sketches are oil pastel on papyrus, for the Brooklyn Art Library Sketchbook Project.

About Woman In Autumn:

These are the colors of the leaves on the ground this morning.  Although it is a warm windy day today, it looks like and feels like winter is coming.  And that is what I painted.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Woman Among Marigolds At The Eastside Cafe

Painted outdoors, from life, yesterday morning.

Oil and oil pastel, 20"x24" canvas.

About this:

We were outdoors, in the middle of the most marvelous organic garden, with chickens, at the Eastside Cafe. (Check out the Eastside story portion of the Eastside website for more about the garden.)

The day was kind of cool and windy and threatening rain at first, then it warmed up and got sunny and windy. This was a three-hour long session, with breaks.

I painted the dark and threatening part of the morning.

The model, also an artist, was shivering at first, then closed her eyes and kind of sunbathed, fully clothed, once the sun came out. And we enjoyed our cold drinks--our model had root beer-- and painted some more.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Bathing Beauty; Sleeping Sitting Up

Drawn from life, yesterday afternoon.

Bathing Beauty is oil paint and oil pastel on canvas, 24"x36".

Sleeping Sitting Up is oil pastel on clear gessoed doorskin, 12"x12".

About these:

The model chose her costumes. The first was an early 20th century swimsuit. I imagined a summer day at a beach with a rollercoaster.

In the second pose, she got into a state that reminded me very much of those times when, exhausted, you fall asleep despite yourself.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Reclining Woman In Red, White And Blue 2

I drew some more on Tuesday's Reclining Woman.

I like most of the changes, but I think I may go back and add some more fleshy colors.

Studio update:

I have put away enough stuff that I can start painting again at home.  Yay!

Means I can work bigger, when I like.  As I often do.

And I can start going back to the plein air oil sketches and turn them into paintings.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Woman Reclining On Flowers

Drawn this morning, from life.

Oil pastel on pastel paper, about 12"x8".

About this:

I'm having a lot of fun with these oil pastels. Especially now that I've realized I can smear them a bit if I want--and, sometimes, I do.

It's a beautiful, sunny and mild day today. Fairly tame for Austin and appreciated all the more for that.

This model is much larger, lusher, than most and the flowers just seem to belong with her.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Woman With Snake Tattoo; Seated Woman On Gold Paper; Reclining Figure In Red, White And Blue

 Drawn from life, this morning.

Woman With Snake Tattoo is oil pastel on pastel paper, 12"x16".

The small piece is oil pastel on gold fibrous paper, for the sketchbook project.

The third, unfinished piece (Reclining Figure in Red, White And Blue) is oil pastel on pastel paper, about 8"x12".  I expect to add more white to it and better define the shapes with black and red.

Anyway, I actually learned a bit about pastels today, courtesy of an artist, Maria Lyle, who also attends these drawing meetups and who is very skilled with and knowledgeable about pastel.  And does some beautiful stuff.  (Check out the link.)

About these drawings:
Of course, I arrived late.  But, some folks left early, so I was able to move around.

The model is a teacher and a poet, and on breaks, we were able to talk a bit about writers and books--some of my favorite things, as a consumer.  She is also a stronger appearing, more muscular type than the usual models we've been drawing.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Woman In A Fur Coat

This morning's painting, en plein air.

Oil pastel and oil paint on linen canvas, 11"x14".

About this painting:
The model, a jewelery artist, was huddled in her coat, reading a book and trying to stay warm with a hot drink on this chilly, overcast morning.  She really does have amazing red hair.

We were painting on a sheltered outdoor patio, and we needed the shelter.  It was raining a bit and it was in the 50s (Fahrenheit).

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Artist And Model 4; Recliining Woman In Red And Green

 Today's paintings, from life.

Artist And Model 4 is oil pastel and oil on 12"x16" canvas.

Reclining Woman In Red And Green is oil pastel on pastel paper, about 5"x8".

About these:

Once again, I was very late to this early morning drawing session.  So I got another chance to explore the artist and model theme.

The artist this time is Dave, a talented pastel artist and dancer.  As you can see, today is sweater weather in Austin (very beautiful).

I expect that I will add to this painting, later.

I also did another small painting for the Brooklyn Art Library Sketchbook Project.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Woman Sleeping In Green; Woman Sleeping In Red; Woman Sleeping At Night; Woman Resting On Stool (Brown); Woman Resting On Stool (Gold)

Some of this morning's drawings, drawn from life.

These are more for the Brooklyn Art Library Sketchbook Project.

All about 5"x8", pastel on varied art paper, including some pastel card.

To see more from this series, go to imagekind.  (Blogger was not cooperating with the posting of more images.  Indeed, I had to struggle with the program to get any image posted.)

These are small, quick sketches.  The actual poses were long, about an hour in each pose, minus times for breaks.  So I was able to draw the same two poses repeatedly, with different colors on different papers.  Lots of fun for me, and excellent exercise.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Woman Standing On Brown Paper; Back On Purple And Blue; Figure In Red; Reclining Figure In Blue; Reclining Figure In Yellow; Back In Blue And White

 Drawn from life, this morning.

More small, quick sketches (these are about 5"x8") for the Brooklyn Art Library Sketchbook Project.

These are all oil pastel on different fancy papers.

I am enjoying the challenges that these different surfaces present.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Seated Woman On Papyrus; Face On Papyrus; Standing Woman In Yellow; Reclining Woman In Yellow

 Drawn yesterday morning, from life.

The first two are oil pastel on papyrus.

The last two are oil pastel on handmade paper.

These are more drawings for the sketchbook project.

About these pieces:

I'm putting together some very quick, small sketches for a fun sketchbook show that the Brooklyn Art Library is hosting.  If you have some interest in contributing to this, check out their website.  The link is in yesterday's comments.

The model was terrific, and I loved these materials, especially the papyrus.  The vertical strands of papyrus forced/shaped the images in surprising and pleasing ways.

One note:  I did not prime these surfaces, so their expected lifespan is probably shorter.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Seated Woman In Pink; Seated Woman In Blue; Reclining Figure In Ocher; Standing Figure In Gold; Reclining Figure In Pencil

 Drawn this morning, from life.

The colored pieces are oil pastel on crinkled brown paper (paper is handmade, but not by me).

The drawing is graphite on white drawing paper.

This model was so relaxed in her body, she continued to pose--in reclining poses--during breaks.  A pleasure to draw.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Woman In Red Glasses, Reading; Woman In Red Glasses And Blue Scarf

Painted/drawn this morning, en plein air (outdoors), by the lakeside.

Woman In Red Glasses, Reading is oil pastel on 11"x14" canvas.

Woman In Red Glasses And Blue Scarf is oil pastel on approximately 12"x20" card.

The model, a dancer, was reading an art theory book, courtesy of one of the painters. Her glasses, highly decorative, are purely a fashion accessory.

In the background you can see a white swan and several black coots.  Coots are funny ducklike creatures with chicken feet and loud querulous voices.  Don't know if any of these coots are old.

I expect to paint the background and leave the foreground pretty much as is shown, here.

The drawing of the face will probably change a bit, as well.