Friday, May 17, 2013
Thursday, May 09, 2013
Tuesday, May 07, 2013
This is one of the trickiest poses, and I don't think I've completely succeeded, so will finish it tomorrow - and will, among other things, darken the left part of the canvas. But I'll be working from drawings, since the model won't be here and that's such a challenge! Oh well, no one ever said art is easy! It's 10 x 8" on archival canvas board. Thanks for stopping by my blog!
Monday, April 29, 2013
This is a drawing that I did from life several months ago and just forgot about. I came across it today while I was going through and (I hope) organizing some of my things. (This project is endless, I tell you.) The gestural lines were drawn on Yupo, using wax crayons (Caran d'Ache Neocolor I). I added a little watercolor - which, of course, doesn't adhere to the wax lines, then applied touches of watercolor crayons (I LOVE those things!) and just generally had a great time. It's about 12 x 9". Thanks for visiting my blog!
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Friday, April 19, 2013
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Painted in oil, it's on 7 x 5" Gessobord. Thanks for looking!
Sunday, April 14, 2013
This tango position is one that I see a lot now, but I don't think it has much in common with the original Argentine tango - a lovelier dance there never was - but it is definitely dramatic! Sorry it's so shiny, but I wanted to get it posted and in a couple of days, I will post a bit drier version. This one is on 7 x 5" Gessobord. If you get a chance, please check out my oil pastel blog.
Sunday, April 07, 2013
The second of my series of three 14 x 11" tango paintings that I've done recently. They will be available at Artworks in Austin, Texas. No matter what else I may paint, I always come back to tango - just the beautiful way the dancers move in unison. The steps are gorgeous in themselves: He knows his part and she knows hers and they work beautifully together.
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Tuesday, April 02, 2013
It's actually raining here - I was beginning to think it would never happen again! As if it had forgotten how or something. So, I'm going to go to bed and just listen to the beautiful sound of rain and feel so happy that I got all my pinks planted today! This painting is on 14 x 11" Fredrix paintboard. Thanks for looking!
Monday, April 01, 2013
I did this little ATC or ACEO while listening to The Last Gunfight by Jeff Guinn. Delicious. It's a bit of the hard truth about the Old West and pretty much nothing like the western movies I loved in my childhood, nor even much like my all-time favorite movie, Tombstone. I could watch that movie endlessly, I think, if I didn't have a ton of other things to do. Tomorrow, I'll be back in reality, Old West style, listening to the last half of the book while I paint some tango dancers. I realize westerns and tango dancers don't have much in common, but it's fun to lose myself in two entirely different worlds!Now a bit about my little painting. Although tiny, these little ones do take time and some effort to get into the picture plane everything you want to say. Sometimes, though, I just crave sitting bent over my table to work on these minis. It's on 3.5 x 2.5" illustration board. Thanks for visiting my blog!
Thursday, March 28, 2013
ASW still carries it. It has the textured side of the Mi-Teintes paper adhered to board and I always find the textured side encourages looseness. The drawing is 16 x 20". If I don't post before Sunday, I hope you all have a wonderful Easter! Thanks for stopping by!
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Friday, March 08, 2013
Monday, March 04, 2013
This painting began as a sketch for an oil painting, but I ended up enjoying it so much, I just decided to post it - kind of abstract, but gets the point across, I think. This painting is on 5 x 7" Pastelbord. Thanks for stopping by my blog!
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Judson Art. This sketch is 12 x 9" - thanks so much for visiting my blog!
Monday, February 25, 2013
Friday, February 22, 2013
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
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Oh I forgot - got so carried away with the book I'm reading that I almost signed off for the night before I remembered to say it's 8 x 10" on archival canvas board. Sweet dreams.
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Thursday, February 07, 2013
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Monday, February 04, 2013
I did this drawing on Borden & Riley Paris paper for pens, 9 x 12", using a balsa wood very, very thin dowel - so thin that it could almost not be called a dowel, with both permanent and non-permanent inks. It's so important to work quickly doing this even though it's far from perfect, because I seem to lose the momentum if I slow down. I did a lot of scribbling plus some brushwork, too. Thanks so much for looking!
Friday, February 01, 2013
More about the knowing people through drawings thing I mentioned in my previous post. When I said I was looking for line variety in the above paragraph, it's one of the things that thrills me about drawing. When I was little, one of my aunties - I loved her dearly - would always draw for me 'the old, poor cow' and laugh and make fun of her inability to draw. Well, I LOVED those drawings, but I didn't know why. Now I understand that she had just naturally and unknowingly used a weighted line. The 'old, poor cow' was simply beautiful!
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Wednesday, January 30, 2013
I think vine charcoal is ideal for portraits - it has such a soft look, but it can also make a sharp line. This model was done fairly quickly, as I was going to also paint her and I had only so much time to do both. Although I like to paint, drawings are my favorite. Every time I attend a master painter's show at a museum, his/her drawings attract me first. Often, I will spend most of my time with the drawngs and only a few minutes with their paintings. Drawings are like fingerprints to me - that's how I sort of "know" the artist. This is vine charcoal on 14 x 11" Strathmore drawing paper.
When I was very young and people came to visit my parents, I always asked them to draw a picture for me. That seemed so natural to me, but to people who don't draw, it must have been like being asked to sit down and play the piano. One time, my mother said that a friend - I suppose someone that she and my father hadn't seen in a long time or that they didn't know well - was coming and I was NOT to ask him to draw a picture for me. The guest arrived and settled down in his chair and I simply climbed up in his lap with a paper and pencil and asked him to draw a picture. I remember that I was careful to face away from my parents when this was taking place. They must not have been too pleased, although I don't remember any comments after their guest departed. I didn't mind very well, did I? But I did get my drawing. Sold
Sunday, January 27, 2013
This was done on Strathmore drawing paper and is 24 x about 16". A note about a new discovery - well, new to me, anyway, is Utrecht vine charcoal - I bought the assorted pack and it's great. They weren't kidding. There are so many thicknesses and such variety in the sticks, although they are all a pleasure to work with - haven't found one yet that's too hard or scratchy. Thanks for stopping by!
Saturday, January 19, 2013
This painting was done on 7 x 5" Pastelbord with mostly Sennelier oil pastels. I love using these juicy sticks against the gritty Pastelbord. It really grabs oil pastel and holds it for several layers before the tooth is filled.
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