Dusting

We got a dusting of snow overnight and I’m afraid it will be the only snow of our winter this year. The wind was really strong so it limited my options. 9×12”

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Today’s Pages

Here are today’s pages from my sketchbooks done at figure group.

3 minute poses to warm up.

5 minute pose

20 minutes

Multiple 20 minute sessions

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Calm

It was a clam, cold morning today. I’m not crazy about the composition, and whenever I paint this rock I just want to focus on the rock but always get distracted by the rest of the scene.

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Catching Up

I haven’t been keeping up with my blog posts lately. Here is a batch of recent work. A plein air watercolor and some recent figure sketches.


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Windy

It was very windy this morning. Even dressed in my usual winter gear it sapped all the warmth out of me so I didn’t finish. I don’t like the yellow showing through the underpainting at the bottom and I’ll probably try to fix that later. 12×16”

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Figure Morning

Here are some drawings from figure group this morning.

Two 5 minute poses and a 10 minute pose to warm up.

5 minute poses.

 

Two 20 minute poses. One watercolor sketch for color and one pencil attempt at her face.

A 10 minute try at her face and a 20 minute pose that didn’t have much to offer. I don’t think I got her anatomy quite right and ran out of room at the bottom for her other foot.

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Quitter

It’s been raining here a lot lately so when the sun came out today I skipped my figure group to paint outside. I’m still practicing with oils. I feel like I’m cheating on my watercolors!

I wouldn’t usually paint into the sun. It’s just not my kind of image. The view behind me had much more color, but when I left this morning this was the composition and bit of land that I wanted to paint. I spent so much time wrestling with the moving sun that I didn’t have time to finish the bottom of the painting.

16×20”

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Oil Portrait Practice

Continuing to rehearse with oils, this time with a portrait sketch. I wasn’t sure where I wanted this to go. I just needed something to test the oil mediums I bought. I might as well paint pictures of my kids, right?

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Oils

I’m using oil paints again. I’ve gotten some new fast dry mediums that hopefully will help with my hatred of how long it’s been taking my oil paintings to dry. I also bought a new bottle of W&N thinner yesterday but knocked over the bottle half way through my painting. By that point I was done using it so I should’ve put the cap back on. Live and learn.

It was a beautiful, calm morning. Diffused light through the thin clouds. There were lots of ducks. Buffleheads with goldeneyes. Big rafts of cooing, whistling eiders. And I might have seen three gannets. My pocket camera is such garbage the pictures are terrible, but I don’t go in the refuge for birding so I try to focus on painting. Like the waves, the birds are an easy distraction and I’d watch them all day. This is 12×16”

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Male

Here are a couple of quick sketches from figure group today. I had to leave early.

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