Saturday, November 27, 2010

Open Figure

This was the last day of the open figure studio at the Portsmouth Arts Guild. I wiped the drawing off 3 times before I settled into this rendition. Was totally challenged by this pose. Humbled,really. That's how it is sometimes. Stay persistent as the way to improve.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

1st Angel Facing South

Happy Thanksgiving to all! Feeling grateful for my family and their support with my art, whether I'm off to the studio or have pen to pad writing, they are the best! I'm interested in how this one angel appears so different each time I paint her... will change up background color for next time.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

1st Angel Looking West

My 2nd attempt at this angel, and I saw the light on the porcelain completely differently today! I have her standing in a box with a sheet of cream paper behind her, purple underfoot, spotlight pointing up. What do you think of angel as subject matter? Relevant, cliche?? Can we look at her without conjuring up some stories from our past? This is all intriguing stuff to me. 5x7 oil painting

Sunday, November 21, 2010

1st Angel

Have these porcelain angels that my mum used to arrange on a circular mirrored centerpiece that she placed evergreens around. Have wanted to paint them for awhile, and brought one to the studio this week. Decided to use a 5x7 canvas, will turn the angel to study her from different angles. Here's my first attempt. Cast painting, drapery, figure, all in one.

Saturday, November 20, 2010


Open figure, decided to try a portrait. So much, trying to simplify. This never gets old! I'm lost in process.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Wanderer Lane

Biking one morning in Hilton Head, I brought my sketchbook along and stopped as I passed these small streets, all ending at the ocean. No outlet. No parking. I stood and quickly got my impressions, later making gouache studies. Here's the first one.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Figure Value Study

It was raining and I wanted to keep it simple, so I went to our open figure group at the Portsmouth Arts Guild with just 2 tubes of acrylic-black and white. It was still a challenge, but a good one.Next time will bring an assortment of supports, as my square board didn't fit the reclining figure.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Don't Take Yourself So Damn Seriously

The hurrieder I go, the behinder I get. Whoever said that knows how I feel. Soooo, one post at a time I'll try to catch up. Brought my journal to Hilton Head, this is me on Halloween morning. My friends say, why do you see yourself in such an unflattering way? I have no answer. It's just what I see at that moment in time.Gouache and comics.