So, just before the interruption in everyone's life I was doing some of my best work ever in the life drawing class. These were all done with charcoal on charcoal paper. I have taken to mounting some of these for display later in the class I am supposed to teach coming in September --- hopefully it takes place and the virus is gone.
While the virus thing is going around, I have taken to doing some copies of Rembrandt and Sargent. However the other W/C was done over a ZOOM meeting with a live model. About 50 other people were painting this model. I thought it wa sone of my best, considering I practiced first on Rembrandt and John Singer Sargent. They were all done on Arches cold press paper.
This week again I was using hot press watercolor paper. Not my favorite, but giving it a good shot. The figure and color portrait were both watercolor, the other two were charcoal pencil on newsprint. If they turn out this well, I should be using charcoal paper.
It's Fall again and the Summer Camp for kids is over at the Skokie Devonshire Center and that means our drawing group meets again. The model is Ken and I used my usual charcoal pencils on newsprint. This time I wanted to experiment with hot press paper doing my watercolors. I bought Hahnemuhl paper this time. The smooth surface wants to let the watercolor pool and run which I don't like in the upright position, so I had to hand hold the paper at a lower angle. The surface is less absorbent and thus the pooling. Anyway, I worked around it. If ever there was anything I was meant to do, it's painting or drawing portraits....so, very happpy to be back at it.
The Saturday drawing group of the Skokie Art Guild has to make way for the children's Summer camp. At the final meeting we had the model, Megan. The two watercolors were done on Arches rough paper, single sheet. The charcoals were just done on newsprint. Megan took a pose that did not seem anything I would like to either paint or draw (although I certainly could have), so I chose instead to draw Eugene. I did him in about 10-15 minutes because he left early and hasn't seen this. It's another of my ambush portraits. The other works were all done in 25 minutes. So, off this for the Summer and probably on to do some plein air painting.
These are two watercolors done a week apart. These were done plein air. Not sure why I chose to do the same view, maybe the challenge of doing all the trees. Anyhow, I sat out in the sun, put up with a lawn mower and wood chipper while I was painting....luckily no bugs. These are both watercolor but two different sizes. The view is the parking lot at the John C. Campbell Folk School looking down the Brasstown Road. My favorite was the first one.