The model today also had green hair. First is a 5 minute warm up. Small.
This was a 10 minute pose. Also small.
20 minute poses.
I’ve been drawing first before applying paint. For the last one I tried going back to working without drawing first. I think I’m starting to prefer drawing first now.
20 minute poses at figure group today. I forced myself to draw before painting for every pose today. I also used a limited palette for all of these. A small one:
For this one I did a quick gesture but then only focused on a study of his legs.
I tried to focus on gesture for this one. Also a cool palette to see how the flesh mixtures change.
Only 19 degrees outside this morning. My watercolors froze of course. Some interesting effects happen when it thaws in the back of my car on the way home. Painting in those conditions necessitates an immediacy that I usually can’t motivate myself to implement. There is no over-working because the previous passage is now ice. This was very quick and I’d like to do multiple paintings but my palette freezes too. I’m mixing on top of ice.
At figure group this morning I kept trying different things. First, some 5 minute drawings with charcoal. I’m still trying to focus more on line than shapes of tone.
Then 20 minute poses. This pose didn’t present me with much to work with so I drew a charcoal focused on her side. Then I painted a watercolor trying to get a lot of pigment on the paper with no drawing first.
Then I drew first and let the watercolor become secondary.
Here are some paintings from this weekend. Figure group. Green hair. First, a 10 minute pose.
Then 20 minute poses. Here she wore her fur coat.
For this one I drew first with charcoal pencil.
20 minutes cursing at a small piece of Yupo paper.
And this is a plein air landscape I painted this morning. 9×12”
I painted a couple of small landscapes at the Jersey Shore before New Years. Both acrylic, 6×8”.
Pink Hotel From The Music Pier
End of December
And today I did some more experiments at figure group. 3 minute poses.
Two different approaches. 20 minutes.
A 15 minute pose to end the day.
I did a quick watercolor this morning. We had a dusting of snow overnight and I wanted a spot where I was deliberately avoiding it. I wasn’t in the mood this morning to do that kind of painting. 9×12”
This morning I used clips to hold my paper on my board rather than tape. It worked fine. 9×12”
The marketing director at the bird sanctuary took a photo of me working on that recent painting.
At figure group today I wanted to stick to contour drawing rather than my usual method of feeling out shapes of tone. Many watercolor painters do a contour drawing and then fill in the color. I wanted to try it. Here are my warm up drawings and the first painting I did where I drew a contour and then filled it in. I didn’t dislike it, and it seemed a bit “easier” than my usual approach of just charging in and finding things as I go. The directness of it appeals to me and contour drawings are fun, but I’m not sure that I’m in love with the process yet.
So then I did a short one working how I normally would’ve approached it. Part of me missed that in the prior one the drawing had already been established, but with this method I think there’s more a sense of the form created as I search around for the drawing.