As usual we went to the Jon C. Campbell Folk School in April. I was there two weeks in art classes and was able to get out and do some plein air painting with my watercolors. The garden at the school was still being planted and was still covered from the cold. The garden painting was done in about two hours. The Rooster at the garden I did standing with my palette and paper in one hand and the brush in the other with my water can at my feet. One of the gardeners threw some treats into the chicken pen to keep him there, but of course he never took the same pose as the one I began with. So it was a matter of just taking information into memory and then working out the rest by looking at color.
These two were done in about 25 minutes at the Saturday drawing class. Done on Arches cold press paper. And, yes, that guy's cheekbones are really that red. He is an umpire at high school football games and probably spends a lot of time in the sun.
The Spring show my art guild puts on has been good to me over the last several years. This year after hearing the judge's remarks I was fortunate to have someone who not only appreciated my work but also understood what I did to make this pastel painting cohesive. She not only understood the composition but the handling of the things in the painting --- she must have been a painter. I've had plenty of the "art teacher/college art graduate judge" who hasn't the foggiest idea of how to paint. Maybe you have too. Anyhow, very much appreciated.
Secondly, the other works are two watercolor portraits done in 25 minutes each and one charcoal back of the head portrait also done in 25 minutes. That is the longest we get in my drawing group, so you have to be quick.
Last Saturday's work in charcoal on various papers; newsprint, charcoal paper and Stonehenge paper. I am working on a 20" x 30" oil painting at the moment, but often there is more to show with these studies. The model was a guy named Ken and these were all 15 to 25 minute poses. I also have several other paintings that are up on the easel, but sometimes I need time off from them because I either get tired of them or need time to think about them. Plus, I am a new grandfather and have to attend to family things more often. (I don't want to make excuses.) Hope you like them... the drawings, not the excuses.