This week there was a new model at the drawing group, always interesting to have someone new. I did these two portraits in watercolor in 25 minutes. I begin with washes of color, never drawing them in. The charcoal was done on Strathmore paper. The charcoal was done in 15 minutes.
These were done with the Saturday morning drawing group of the Skokie Art Guild. The charcoal drawing was done in 15 minutes and the watercolor portrait was done in 25 minutes. I am not liking the texture of the charcoal paper and don't think I would buy another pad of that. The watercolor is on 140 pound Arches paper. I'm only specifying the time because I could d a much more thorough job with more working time.
My Saturday morning drawing group has been something I look forward to each week. This group of drawings has a 5 minute drawing (it's the one with the lightest tone done on newsprint paper) a 15 minute charcoal drawing on charcoal paper, and a watercolor done in 20 or 25 minutes. The model is Grace who is a wonderful model but like many of the models her expression does not change. Maybe it does when she is asked to, I don't know. Finally I did this 8" x 10" oil painting on a photo reference I took on our trip to New Mexico last fall. We went to see the Audubon area and an artist's house outside Santa Fe. Driving down Upper Canyon Road I saw the way the light looked hitting the adobe style houses along the road, stopped, looked and took a couple pictures. This just doesn't look anything like the area I live, so that was just much more compelling.
My art guild has a Saturday morning figure drawing "class" -- it's not a class, there's no instructor. We begin with 5, then 10 minute poses which I usually do on newsprint paper. After that are two 15 minute poses which I do on charcoal drawing paper and finally three 25 minute poses which I either do in charcoal or in watercolor. When I do the watercolors I do not draw, but just used the color to block in the areas of color and value. Here's a selection from last week.
As March enters, I am hoping to do much more plein air painting when it warms up a bit. The latest paintings are the little portrait I did in watercolor of one of the folks at the John C. Campbell Folk School in North Carolina, David Brose, the historian and banjo player and singer/composer at JCCFS. I also did a nocturne of a street in Dixon, Illinois. One of the pictures, with the green ribbon, was the painting I had in a show in Dixon at the Nest Picture Show Gallery....the doorway of the building next door to the gallery. Despite the local connection, nobody bought it......which seems to be the norm now --- put your paintings in a show and hope you get an award because no one is going to buy it. Finally there's a picture of me with my entry in the Skokie Art Guild spring show, Nature's Palette. I managed a first place with this painting and will receive something in the mail....a card with some money on it. Will this painting sell? Stay tuned, although judging by past experience something tell me "NO".
Today marks my 200th blog entry. If Facebook hadn't come along there would have been many more, but while I am still entering things here other artists that I have followed in their blogs no longer keep them going. I chose to put up some of the latest work I've done in the drawing "class", parenthesis, because there isn't a teacher in this class. Just a watercolor and a charcoal drawing of a live model posing for the Skokie Art Guild drawing group. Another picture is the three entries I have in one of the Plein Air Painters of Chicago shows. Finally there is a little 8 x 10" oil of a monument (actually most likely a headstone in a cemetary) set back in the woods from the rest of the cemetery. I was out painting last fall with two old art school friends in a churchyard while the sun was getting low in a late afternoon.
The making of this year's Christmas card began with a photo from Facebook. A friend posted a picture of her husband standing next to the Christmas tree they cut down near their new home in Colorado. Editing him out (my apologies to Ken), I did a watercolor about 5 x 7". Scanning the painting we had photos made (sorry all you tech savvy people, but the computer is not something I understand well, I'm sure there are other ways to get this done). We bought card stock with envelopes the appropriate size and glued them down.