Today was all short poses at figure group. We started with the usual warm ups and then went to 20 minute poses for the rest of the morning. The first page is 3 minute poses.
5 minute poses
20 minute poses
When I draw I feel like I’m making a statement or looking for a definition. When I paint I feel like I’m asking a question.
My first painting of the season wearing mittens over my gloves. They’re always a bit more clunky and ham-fisted. Lots of ducks cooing behind me though. The tide came in silently under my feet and ended this one a bit early.
This morning I headed over to the other side of the island. The water on that side is a different color. This was on Ocean Drive in Newport. I’d like to have another shot at this one in oils or acrylics. I scraped off the whites as an afterthought and now I wish I’d reserved them instead.
The morning after. Still full. Walking it off this morning and painting some rocks in the wildlife refuge.
It was raining and windy this morning so I had to hide in my minivan again. A month ago when I did the same thing I pushed the landmass back to create more space. Today I enlarged it.
It was very windy so I headed down to the beach after lunch on Friday looking for waves. I had to work very quickly. The rain came an hour earlier than predicted, and it eventually chased me home.
I did another studio oil from a small plein air watercolor from five years ago. I’m still not sure where these are going, but it’s kinda fun. 12×16”
How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice. Another morning at figure group. The first two are quick warm ups that I liked enough to leave on a page by themselves.
A page of more warm ups. I only really liked that head.
My only watercolor of the day. 20 minutes.
The rest of these were all 20 minute poses. I thought I’d change directions and try something different so the next two were on toned paper.
I was excited about the last pose because it resembles Andrew Wyeth’s Black Velvet a little bit.
Today was the first morning of the season below freezing (when I left my house) so vodka had to come back.
And here are some sketches of a tall model at figure group yesterday. A 10 minute pose.
I’m starting to try to do more studio paintings from my field sketches again. This sketch is from September 2013. It’s tiny. Watercolor.
This is the 12×16” oil on canvas I did over a couple of days worth of free time. I started trying to stay relatively true to the sketch, but eventually the oil version wanted to go its own way. I’ll try again with another plein air sketch. I’m not very happy with this and prefer the spontaneity of the watercolor.
When working like this in the studio I think I miss the experience of ‘being there’ and is probably also why I don’t like working from photos. What I’ve always enjoyed most about drawing and painting has been working from observation. Doing a painting from my imagination just doesn’t scratch my itch the same way. This definitely seems like a practice I should pursue though. I have many down days where I can’t get out to paint but I have an hour or two open up where I can get something done in my studio.