I had a long run of long days recently in New Mexico - 12-hour days for three straight weeks, worked right through the weekends. No time for painting, but we did get a lot done on the telescope. Got back to Seattle on Monday, and am getting back to one of my favorite things: portraits. … Continue reading Face to Face
My favorite Cloudcroft, NM, eatery is closing soon, and I wanted to paint it. I took some photos, and one with the owner and her child struck me as a particularly good choice. This is the photo. In the end I cropped it to improve both the composition and the sense of intimacy with the subjects. … Continue reading Goodbye, and good memories
An artist is free, To fall, and call it flight, To destroy, and call it creation. To be undone, and call it alive.
I've been meaning for some time now to get back to drawing with my left hand. I'm right-handed, but a few decades ago I experimented with drawing with my left hand, and it was a very interesting experience. You could call it "enhanced scribbling." Not very sophisticated, but something interesting, usually a face, emerged from … Continue reading Call Me Lefty
I started a portrait from a B&W photograph Wednesday, April 22 in Cheryl Long's class. Here are the stages it's been through on the way to being, for now, finished.[footnote]I have some ideas for a background, but don't know which one I will be using yet.[/footnote] Here is stage one: aded a wash for skin … Continue reading Portrait Progress
Worked on studies of facial features today. I'm tired, I have a cold, but I had enough energy for two studies (and, honestly, they are actually invigorating when I do it right). They are only tiring if I start sweating the details too much. Bold brush strokes are the most satisfying, though lately "bold" has … Continue reading An eye and an ear
Two small paintings: a study of a woman's face for a large painting, and a first attempt at hair using Charles Reid's techniques. First up: dark hair study. And this is the face study painted in Cheryl's class this morning. Before I read the materials on hair in Reid's book. Feels a bit stilted, … Continue reading Hair and faces
I don't know why I don't paint flowers more; they are so beautiful. Quick sketch of an iris, from life, in Cheryl Long's watercolor class a few days ago. I added the window and clay pot from my imagination afterwards.
There's this whole phenomenon called "Urban Sketching." I mostly see outdoor scenes, but it can be most anything sketched/painted live that is city rather than country. The boundaries are pretty inclusive. Was at the City Perk coffee shop near here today, and was struck by the bright colors of a building across the parking lot, … Continue reading First Urban Sketch
Two pencil sketches with watercolor added. The face is after an exercise by Charles Reid in his book "The Natural Way to Paint," and is freely adapted. Just added some wash to play after establishing the shadows. The face is not as yellow in the original as it looks here. Has a kind of Frankenstein … Continue reading More faces and features