Sunday, January 30, 2011

3 Hour Figure Painting

This afternoon my figure drawing group organized a 3 hour session with a model. The time really flies by during these sessions. With a break every half hour, it's really tough to re-focus after my concentration is broken and then try to direct the model back into position. I never get as far or accomplish everything I want in these but oh well. It's good practice. 14x11, oil.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Figure Drawing 1-25-11

Here are some sketches from tonight's figure drawing. Pencil on paper. I went larger this time instead of multiples on one page. It went well.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Figure Drawing 1-11-11

Here are some figure sketches from tonight. I've included my 1 minute gestures as well. This was a real fun model to draw, with wild hair that was fun to try to capture.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Figure Drawing 1-4-11

It's been a few weeks since we had figure drawing and I felt a bit rusty at first but seemed to find a groove quickly. Here are 5 from tonight.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

2 for 2 this year! Plein air 1-2-11

Well, I can say I've painted everyday this year with 2 for 2! I won't get a chance tomorrow but I'd like to pound away and make a big push with my painting and drawing this year. Done on location this afternoon, it was much colder than the lighting leads you to believe. 6x8, oil

Saturday, January 1, 2011

First painting of the year. Plein air 1-1-11

This is my first of hopefully many posts this year. In fact, one of my resolutions is to paint 100 paintings outdoors. This will mean getting out there and getting a painting done approximately twice a week. I started plein air painting just this summer...August perhaps. I'm still experimenting with my palette. I've always only had 3 colors and white on the palette to work with. I started off with yellow ochre, transparent red earth, and ultramarine blue. More recently I decided to use cadmium yellow, transparent oxide red, and ultramarine blue. Today I decided to use the primaries in cadmium yellow, cadmium red, and ultramarine. This was really tough not having an earth pigment on the palette instead of the cadmium red. I might perhaps use today's primary palette and throw the transparent oxide red back on there also. I don't know what limited palette will be my go-to palette quite yet. What I do know is, I will probably rely on a very limited palette at all times because I would rather create color harmony, a mood, and a tonal look than that of a colorist painting. I know what I like in landscape paintings of others and scenes that I view in nature and can visualize my own visions of these down on canvas. It's a matter of getting there with practice.

Today's painting was done in the comfort of my truck as it was extremely windy and there were actually midwest tornadoes between yesterday's warmup and today's temperature drop. The threat of a tornado was gone when I painted this but the winds would've taken my easel.