5 minute warm up

10 minute pose

20 minute poses

And a 10 minute drawing to end the day

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Full Frontal

At figure group today I was front and center for the pose. I knew I was going to do single drawings for each of the 20 minute sessions rather than one long drawing today. I thought I’d move after each session and do different angles but decided against it. I’m a little too lazy to move all my stuff around the room sometimes. Also, I thought I’d just focus on continuing to develop my watercolor technique rather than keep changing the variable of the pose.

A couple of 5 minute warm ups before the main pose.

Ths was the first 20 minute session.

These were the final sessions. The first one was 20 minutes. The last one was multiple sessions and I wanted to really load it up. I wanted deeper color and added some opaque paint also.

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Tide Pool Again

This morning I painted the same tide pool I’ve painted several times before. The snowy owl is still here and hanging out on the refuge headquarters’ roof in the parking lot.

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Female Wrestler

I tried oils at figure group again.

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A beautiful windy morning today. Oils, 8×10”

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Ukrainian Blonde

We had a new model and I tried some new techniques today at figure group.

A 5 minute pose

A 10 minute pose

I tried drawing with a brush first and liked it so I left it alone and finished the pose with a small, quick color sketch (below this one).

Then I continued drawing the rest of the poses first with a brush and sienna before applying color.

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Another day at figure group. Shorter poses are best for me. I try to do new things and slow down for the long poses, but I always destroy it.

3 minute poses

5 minute poses

For the long pose I drew a tight pencil drawing for the first 20 minutes before getting out my paint. I keep thinking that most other watercolor painters do a pencil drawing first so maybe I should too. My controlled drawings are always stiff and disappointing. I don’t like being locked into a (bad) drawing as the painting progresses.

When I started to paint I tried to be slow and academic letting the color build up in thin layers. I didn’t want to be concerned with how the paint behaved, and I didn’t want to inject artifice. I just wanted to try to accurately reproduce the colors I was seeing. I think this is horrible, but I hope I learned something.

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There were a couple of things I didn’t like about yesterday’s portrait so I tried to fix some of them today. Also, my wife thought I made myself look too young so I tried to fix that. I think what she meant was I made my head too thin. I find I tend to do that with heads. I decided not to try to fix that and I’ll just try to remember next time.

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Sick Kid

I had a sick kid at home today so I couldn’t go outside to play. Instead I set up a mirror by the couch while he binge-watched Bob’s Burgers. It was a convenient opportunity for me to practice with oils. My kids think it looks a little bit like me.

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No Easel

This morning I forgot the connector plate for my tripod. It was on my oil paint pochade but I took watercolors. You’d think by now I’d know to check first. I had to paint on the ground. I’m not very happy with it, but it was a nice morning to be outside anyway.

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