Valentine’s Day

I got to spend my Valentine’s Day with a naked lady! All 20 minute poses. This was the only one I didn’t hate.

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Flip

Figure group today. About 45 minutes on the front.

And about 40 minutes on the back.

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Gray Morning

Yesterday I got out in the morning for a plein air.

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Recent Sketches

Here are some recent sketches. Still not much time to paint lately, but a little time to sketch is better than no time at all. I got out to do a plein air last week:

Here’s a 2 hour pose in acrylic.

And some 20 minute poses in watercolor. Sorry for the bad photos, but posting these has gotten to be a waste of time.

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Recent Watercolors

Here are some recent watercolors. First, a 10 minute pose.

Then some 20 minute poses.

And I got outside last Sunday morning for a plein air.

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More Sketches

I’m still sketching when I can find time. Some bad weather last weekend kept me inside but I set a bowl on a box and took a couple of stabs at it.

From figure group today. A 5 minute pose.

A longer pose.

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Happy New Year 2018

Still not much painting going on around here but I do manage to get to a figure group regularly to keep myself sane. Here are a few recent pieces from those sessions. The first two were 20 minute poses.

Water soluble graphite.

A longer pose. I drew the figure onto the paper for the first 20 minutes. I don’t usually do that and it was a struggle. When I draw I don’t do drawings that lend themselves very well to filling in the shapes with colors. And when I paint I don’t like to try to stay in predetermined lines. If I was a better draftsman that method would probably work for me, but currently it doesn’t suit me.

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Melted

I went out to paint this morning and it was 11 degrees. I knew this would be a mess and I was looking forward to it. The color quickly froze to ice on both the paper and my palette. Here is what it looked like when I accepted defeat. By the end I was trying to anticipate what would happen when the ice melted. I applied strong pigment with little additional water over the frozen layers knowing the melting ice would dilute the pigment (e.g. the harsh cobalt blue in the sky).

And here is what it looked like after it melted at home. I think it’s a very pleasant surprise.

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4 Days

This painting took four mornings, about an hour each morning. There were no waves for any of the mornings.

plein air, acrylic, 18×24″ 

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Long But Short

The figure group I paint with on Wednesdays usually does some short warm up poses followed by one long pose for the rest of the morning. Today I decided to just do one painting per 20 minute session and start a new painting after each break. I’ve been overworking them when I do one painting for the entire time.

First, some warm ups. These are each 3 minutes.

Two more 3 minute poses.

A 3 minute and a 5 minute pose.

5 minutes

My first 20 minute pose of the day. A little stiff.

Another 20.

20 minutes again. I’m changing my color palette for each of these and trying some different techniques.

My last painting of the day. 20 minutes.

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