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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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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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.


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

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Some Recent Work

Here is some work from this week. This was from an overcast sky this morning. It changed and I wished I had another piece of paper ready to do two at once.

I did this one on a sunny afternoon. I’m not used to painting that time of day. The colors were much bolder than in the morning.

And these are just some drawings of a model yesterday in Newport.

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The waves this morning were gorgeous! But sometimes that’s too overwhelming so I climbed the overlook trail for more of a vista today. 12×16”

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My kids have track meets this morning so I had to rush.

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