Saturday, December 29, 2012
Friday, November 16, 2012
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Friday, September 14, 2012
A tribute to Casper, my little buddy for the last 16 1/2 years. She isn't doing so well, so I wanted to paint this before I have to say good-bye. While she's still around to yowl at me her drawn out "m-o-m", and follow me around quietly requesting a lap. My heart breaks to see her slip away, so this is painted with much love.
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Saturday, August 4, 2012
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
But I'm here to listen and learn from Sharon, so I bucked up and took her advice.
She moved me to the other model in the room, Jesse. And I found a linen support I had laying around in the locker room. A fresh start, but with a lot shorter time to work on the painting. Yikes! But, Jesse has such character, great muscle definition and skin color, a great look, and I love the peace sign earring. As it turned out, the whole thing was a pleasure to paint. And what started as a bomb turned into a success. And relatively quickly, for me. Lessons learned: sometimes a fresh start is just the ticket. And, Sharon's theory is that the gesso (acrylic) I used to prep the panel was the problem. It probably hadn't properly "cured". Live and learn. . .
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
I started a new large painting on Monday, but the model needed to take the day off today, so Andrew substituted and we did a one-day painting. I would love to spend more time painting him. He has a great look. But painting quickly from life is a great exercise.
Monday, April 16, 2012
Another painting from Sharon Sprung's class. I loved the many shades of blues and greens which beautifully offset the model's delicate complexion and hair. Very tricky to capture a more mature model's features without being harsh. Such small differences can make her look too young or too old. I learned a lot, again.
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Friday, March 23, 2012
Still on the easel at the Academy, my most recent painting finished in class yesterday. It will go in the class show which will be hung on April 2 and run for two weeks. So, I probably won't have a chance to photograph it until after the show. I was surprised and pleased at how well the composition turned out in this painting since I was one of the last in the class to "pick my spot" and that usually means a disadvantage in the view of the pose. But this was kind of nice, peeking past the backdrop/curtain at this lovely young woman. Amanda is an amazing model and a pleasure to paint. I learned a lot with this painting, too. (Thanks to Sharon, as always!)
Sunday, March 11, 2012
A new figurative painting from class, and another that the photo does some weird stuff. I need help! The colors seem to shift inconsistently and things show up that are not even in the painting. Also, so much detail is lost. It looks murky. And I don't have this problem when shooting anything except my paintings. :-( But photography aside, this is a fairly successful painting from life. A beautiful model and an interesting pose. That fabric is tough! I referred to the master, Sorolla, whose fabric is incredible. Mine needs work, but all in all, a pretty good effort, I think. I only wish my blog followers could see it in person.
Sunday, February 19, 2012
I loved this pose, the feeling of a moment of silence between two people. Connie and Cesar. Excellent models. This is still unfinished. I need to work more on Connie, and also on the scarf and vest. But I was really pleased with Cesar's face so I wanted to go ahead and post it. I don't know when I'll get back to it, as most of my non-class painting is done in VT. In my class I'm on to another one which I'm liking a lot as well.
I haven't posted in a while and I have two new images to share, but I'll preface these posts with the comment that I am frustrated with my ability to photograph the images, and I'm not sure what to do about it. I just can't get them to look like they look. So much detail is lost. So much color shift, and so much reflection. OK, I'm done with my rant. This was a studio/class painting and my "spot" was seated just below the model, so I it was a tough place to paint. But the model was amazing and I loved the challenge. The tutu wasn't easy either! So, despite frustrations, I've decided to share.
Friday, January 6, 2012
A new studio painting completed today at the Academy (Sharon Sprung's class.) Sorry about the reflections on the darks. I may try to re-photograph it tomorrow. This is another of the large format paintings - 24x36 - done from life/a model. I seem to have the most success with either very small or very large.