Charcoal and pastel on paper, approximately 22"x30".
Monday, December 26, 2011
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Head In Orange And Purple was drawn this morning, indoors. Water-soluble marker and ink on 11"x14" Bristol paper.
Woman Reading At Mozart's was painted Monday morning, outdoors by the water at Mozart's, a local coffee place. Oil on 20"x24" canvas.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Dreaming In Black And White is ink on three pieces of 9"x12" drawing paper, laid end to end. (About 28"x9".)
Standing Figure In Orange And Blue is ink and Tombow marker on drawing paper, about 7"x11".
Reclining Figure is ink and Tombow marker on drawing paper, about 8"x12".
Friday, March 18, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Pastel and charcoal on 12"x16" black pastel paper.
The model for this drawing has extremely long hair, which she has never cut.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Friday, March 11, 2011
Pastel and charcoal on 12"x16" black pastel paper.
This is the second pose from Wednesday morning. I like the attitude of thought in this pose.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Ink and water soluble markers on Yupo, about 13"x20".
The model this morning came in on crutches. She has badly sprained her right ankle and isn't able to drive--very important in this car-and-bicycle-reliant city.
Luckily, she was able to get a ride to the studio.
This was the first of a couple of one-hour poses.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011
Watercolor on watercolor paper, about 8"x12".
This sketch is an experiment with Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolor Sticks.
I ordered three (ultramarine blue, yellow ochre and burnt sienna) to try and they arrived yesterday.
I haven't used these enough to judge them, but my first impression is that, combined with water and brush, they are fun to draw with and act like watercolor. When used without the water, the effect is more like bad crayon. Here's a link to a review of the sticks by Robert Sloan, an oil pastel artist.
Friday, February 18, 2011
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Woman In Blue is Tombow maker, ink and pastel on approximately 18" square Rives paper.
Woman In Stripes and Reclining Woman are pastel and charcoal on 12"x16" pastel paper.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
The standing gesture poses are pastel on 12"x16" pastel paper.
I was using some very old, very soft pastels that had apparently been through too many extreme temperature changes: They crumpled to nothing but powder as I tried to use them. It was frustrating.
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Pastel and charcoal on 12"x16" pastel paper.
It's very cold today; in the 20s (F). So cold that the model wore clothes and a coat to pose (normally, she'd be naked)--and the few artists who showed up wore coats to draw.
Monday, January 31, 2011
Oil on 30"x40" canvas.
The figure in the foreground is the figure I painted today. I painted her on top of an old painting (actually one of my first tries at oil painting on a large scale), probably painted three or four years ago.
Today is unseasonably warm, expected to be in the 70s (F). We were able to have windows open while we painted.
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Pastel and charcoal on approximately 10"x16" pastel paper.
Another drawing with my non-dominant hand. This time, I remembered to angle the easel appropriately.
After this drawing, another artist and I played a game. We each started drawing, switched drawings and easels after 10 minutes, and continued switching until one of us declared a drawing done. Interesting exercise in working with another person's starting vision and materials The final drawings, which I will not post, are amalgams of style and vision.
To clarify, this posted drawing is not one of the two-artist drawings. Those ended up looking like a tug of war was fought over them, with line over line, concept over concept, color over color. Kind of a mess.
This drawing had one artist, me.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Sketches Of Woman In Marker And Ink; Seated Woman With Feathered Back; Reclining Woman With Feathered Back
The first is Tombow marker and ink on Yupo paper, about !8"x24".
The remaining two are Tombow marker and ink on 9"x12" drawing paper.
The model has an amazing, elaborate and beautiful tattoo of feathers on her back and upper arms. It was added to her body over the course of a summer.
I did all the one minute poses (the drawings in the background of the top drawing) with my left hand, and I also did large portions of the remaining drawings with my left hand (sometimes I'd forget, when coming back to a longer pose). The longer poses this day were from 15 minutes to 30 minutes long.
Using my left hand for drawing is not what I normally do. So I am much slower with that hand. But the most awkward part was that I am so used to setting things up for right-handed drawing that I placed my easel in a very unnatural position for left-handed drawing.
It's fun to switch to the non-dominant hand, and I find it also helps to diminish bad habits: seems like a fresher take on the subject matter.
Why draw with the non-dominant hand?
Well, it is a standard drawing exercise. The idea is that it frees one up to use the "right brain" to draw with. I don't know how valid this concept is, but it is a popular notion.
A practical reason, that PA is now bumping up against, is that sometimes you need to. Hands wear out or get injured.
Exercising that spare hand and arm and training and strengthening them, just gives the artist an extra drawing arm: a good thing.
Monday, January 24, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
The hand is Tombow marker, with water and brush, on 9"x12" drawing paper.
The head is Tombow marker and ink, with water and brush, on 9"x12" sanded pastel paper.
This model has amazing hair, which she never cuts.
Liz, this drawing is for you.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
These are pastel and charcoal on 9"x12" sanded paper
My left leg has been hurting, and yesterday, it was hurting a lot. Today, it feels like it's healing. The top drawing encapsulates how I felt yesterday morning.
Also, I was heavily influenced by the art nouveau posters I've been looking at lately in connection with Loie Fuller.
Monday, January 17, 2011
The top painting is oil on 16"x20" canvas.
The bottom painting is oil and oil pastel on 12"x16" canvas.
It was overcast this morning when I started the top painting. Just about an hour later, the sun had come out, just in time for the bottom painting.
Both of these started with underpaintings. The top painting had some light blue and some yellow and burnt sienna acrylic paints rubbed on the canvas first.
The bottom painting has a canvas that was started in oil pastels a couple of months ago at Rutamaya, so the background that shows represents the walls there, with some oil paint added on top.
What I had on my palette for the top painting was titanium white, ivory black, cadmium yellow light, cadmium red light, and alizarin crimson. Basically, a version of the limited Zorn palette, which I've been using lately for my paintings.
For the bottom painting, I added a little ultramarine blue to the palette.
The model was actually wearing a simple black knit hooded pull-over.
A Quick Visit To MOMA And The Exhibit "On Line : Drawing Through The Twentieth Century," featuring Loie Fuller's Dance Serpentine
I took a quick trip to NYC this past week and spent a couple of mornings at MOMA.
What drew me to MOMA (as opposed to any of the other places in New York) was the "On Line" exhibit, currently showing into February. This exhibit promises a look at one hundred years of drawing, 1910 to 2010, examining how artists over that time expanded the concept of drawing.
The exhibit is lively and kind of fun, with sculptures and film, as well as works on paper and other supports. Mostly, though, it felt like jokes about line, one-liners, puns, cleverness about line.
One of the things I like best about it is a short film, silent and in color, dating from 1897-99. Called Dance Serpentine II, it features a dancer wearing silk robes containing bamboo rods, moving the robes and herself through space, as lights change the color of the robe. The overall feeling, as Paula describes it, is "Kabuki like." Here's a link to a film of Dance Serpentine, a version with Loie Fuller (the dancer and choreographer) performing, dating from 1896.
The video I've linked to of Dance Serpentine is still inspiring, over one hundred years later. It's under a minute long, and well worth viewing. I am amazed by the early use of color film, something I did not know existed then. And I like the cleverness of the dance.
Loie Fuller was part dance innovator, part applied scientist (she pioneered in lighting). She inspired many artists in her career and she lives on in their works and in her own, with choreography that is still influencing modern dance.
The photographs I've posted were taken by me with my husband's i-phone. The first is a view into the courtyard, the day after last week's snowfall.
The second is of visitors to the permanent collection. The paintings are by Modigliani.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Oil on 24"x36" canvas.
Despite it being so large, this is a quick--under two hours posing/painting time--sketch.
Monday, January 10, 2011
Friday, January 7, 2011
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
The first two are pastel and charcoal on approximately 9"x12" pastel card.
The last two are ink on about 9"x1O" Bristol and 9"x12" Bristol, respectively..