Thursday, February 27, 2014

Portrait Studies

Wet Canvas portrait study graphite
Wet Canvas  portrait study in graphite
I began studying portraits.  Just taking a break from landscape for a few days.  Learned about Wet Canvas through my some of my fellow artist.  It's  great using there reference library as a learning tool.  Actual life drawing workshops begins the end of March.  Looking forward to that, so in the meantime practicing at home will help.
Happy Painting everyone.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Keeping busy

Gouache sketch of snow
Pen and ink study
Yesterday, another snow sketch started in gouache, just can't get myself enthused about painting snow, I might leave that until August, when I need a visual to cool off from a heat wave.

In the meantime, my thoughts are being influenced by Cezanne and Helen VanWyk, thinking about a large still life.  I did this little pen and ink study, from an actual set up on my dining room table.

Oh well, Happy Painting everyone.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

A snow scene from my dining room window

from my dining room window

I painted this scene from the dining room window.  Once again Long Island got a healthy serving of the white stuff.  It is beautiful.  Today will try to be brave and go out and paint.  Happy painting everyone. This was done in gouache on card stock paper that was purchased from WalMart.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Waiting for Spring

Influenced by Cezanne
a still life study wc
11x14 acrylic
Hello fellow bloggers, although I haven't posted, my days are full with study in whatever media appeals to me.  I recently found a post on fb of a free book of Cezanne's watercolor paintings.  While I hate to admit that I am not a big fan of Cezanne's landscape, shame on me for he was a genius. I do love his watercolor still life and his oils still life paintings/.  That being said, one of my studies was inspired by Cezanne and I set up a still life, what I did was a sketch on cheap paper in my little journal, but, gotta say, it opened the channel to my own creativity and before the winter is over, I will try to approach a still life on canvas using oils on a larger scale.

Charles Reid is another artist I admire for his watercolor technique, contour drawing and then wc.  While his technique is appealing, I choose not to imitate but only to be inspired to study.

The acrylic painting is a scene from my ipad, it's of Sunken Meadow.  I used a technique that  John Hammond uses in his acrylic paintings, that is with using acrylic gloss medium instead of water. I find it incredibly difficult, but then again it is all difficult, that is what I love about art./  It aint easy. It constantly draws the artist or person in, to strive and to learn and life is never boring.  So that being said, do hope everyone is healthy and happy and enjoying this wonderful God Gift that we all enjoy so much.  Happy Painting everyone.