Thursday, June 14, 2012

Seated Man With Stained-Glass Glow; Joy in Blue

Seated Man With Stained-Glass Glow

Pastel over Tombow marker and ink, on sanded paper.  About 9" x 12."

Drawn this week, from life.

The dark parts of this drawing are actually darker and more intense than this photo shows, but I've been unable, thus far, to get a photo that depicts the richness and intensity of the darks..

Joy in Blue 

 One-minute gestures.  Drawn from life, May 29.

Tombow marker and Conte pencil over ink, with brush and water.  On watercolor paper, about 5" x 12".


Tacodeli goes to the dog.


I've painted some more on this large oil painting, and I am much happier with it.  Posted below.


  1. Good expression both in the lines and the colors.

  2. The red slashes in the top drawing are a great touch. Both drawings are very strong.

  3. Thanks, Anthony.

    The model for the top drawing was exceptionally good. A pleasure.

    Thanks, Linda.

    I've changed the "rainbow arms" drawing since I first posted it. You can now see the seated figure.

  4. "man with rainbow arms" is more subtle then the name implies

  5. He had these intricate tattoos from shoulder to wrist. I didn't try to reproduce them, just get the basic color blocks.

    Man With Arms of Many Colors?

    Better idea?

  6. The man just seems so cool. I Can imagine he would be a pleasure to paint. Thanks for linking to the trailer. It is much appreciated.

  7. Nice work Jean. I'm not sure if I've seen you working with pastels before. How do you like them?

  8. Thanks, Margaret, and my pleasure.

    The model is a pleasure to paint, mainly because he has modeling skill.

    Thanks, Katherine.

    Pastels are portable and fast. I'm very fond of them, especially in combination with Wallis sanded paper, for quick drawings.

    The quality of my photograph of this drawing isn't optimal. The piece is darker and sharper than it appears here. I may take yet another stab at photographing it.

  9. yes these are both good, you have the gift to be free

  10. Thank you, Laura.

    I re-photographed the top drawing. It is still lighter than the original, but closer than the earlier version.

  11. I see what you mean - you don't have to worry about drying time with pastels, and the quality can be akin to paint.

    You're an expert is many media!

  12. He seems to have a very calm energy. It's amazing how you capture that. I love the background color, too. Is that indigo?

    By the way, thank you for your kind reply to one of my earlier comments. I'm not worthy. Your generosity of spirit matches your talent.

  13. Beautiful, I especially like what you did with the red and value changes on his face. The second one is super interesting. I keep looooking and finding!

  14. Thank you, Katherine. You are very kind.

    Thanks, Susan. The model radiated calm energy, so if it's present in my drawing, that's terrific.

    The background and shadows are mainly an extremely dark greyed-out purple by Unison. On my monitor it does not show as dark as it is in reality, but it does look a greyed purple. Your monitor may be tweaking the color more to indigo blue.

  15. Thank you, minnemie.

    Yes, there is a lot going on in that second drawing, most of it overshadowed by the main figure.

  16. Going through your comments about how the model radiates calm feelings, I remember listening to someone talk about artists who paint from photographs and was so surprised. I thought everyone painted from life - if they could. Her point was that the subsequent paintings always seemed flat and I see her point here. Love the palette (of course).

  17. Thanks, Paula.

    Photos are limited by the camera's technology. Certain things that the human brain perceives are lost; other things that a human brain wouldn't register are captured with a photograph.

    It is just different.

    If you understand this and don't try to copy the photograph, your painting based on a photo need not seem flat.

    For example, my painting of Lorena is based on photo references, though I also know her.

  18. Having a photograph to reference would give you unlimited time to ponder a certain pose or lighting situation. I wondered if the artist was being more than a little catty...

  19. Could be . . . or just expressing her own experience.

  20. Wow, beautiful, love the blue, is so intense..