I’ve been deliberating what to do recently. The dreaded artist’s block creeping in I fear! I’m pondering using some of my life drawing sketches as a basis for some abstracts, a bit like this one which is called “Woman” I know really original and profound. I was hoping to link to a previous post here! The painting was completed some months back and I thought I’d posted it. However, I can’t find it on previous posts, so I’m assuming I’m mistaken. My apologies if I did. The pose itself was an interesting one, not just from a visual aspect but also from the fact the instruction was “imagine you were in a scene from the Hitchcock movie “The Birds” “. If you think that’s odd, the previous pose was to “imagine you were using a sword to severe your links with God”. I wonder about the tutor sometimes! I also used a syringe to apply the masking fluid. It’s not a precise method of fluid application but it certainly has an interesting effect. The browns do make her looked very tanned and the blue green background just serves to emphasise her skin tones.
I’ve started a life drawing class recently. Last night’s life drawing class went really well, very warm, as usual. The model is normally very good and copes well with the various unflattering comments made by the tutor – admittedly about the drawing, not the model, but sometimes it’s hard to tell! However, last night, his comment that my thumbnail drawing(top right) made her look like she had frogs legs resulted in a rapid change of pose. This is the revised pose. It went pretty well but I admit to neglecting the bottom right corner. (The photo’s very fuzzy so I’ll try re-photographing in natural light tomorrow –sorry if you’re looking before the switch. My lack of tripod is really frustrating sometimes. Actually I have a really good tripod, I’ve just lost the widget that attaches the camera to the tripod! I think Duck tape might be the option.) I really liked the reclining pose and the angle looking upwards at her body was challenging due to the foreshortening perspective. I’m particularly pleased with the highlights.
I’m posting a doggy sketch I did yesterday. Not complete as he moved… but I’m getting more of him done before he moves these days!!!! A Springer spaniel doing his third favourite activity. First running free, second eating, third sleeping!
Yesterdays painting went well and I have this lovely abstract as a result – I removed the masking today and managed to rip the paper only once. Unusual for a complicated picture and, knowing how I tend to rush,the trick is not to remove the masking before the paint is dry. You also get lovely coloured fingers – green and brown with a slight iridescent effect in this case! So Voila, my abstract… The trouble is, now all I can see is a darts board, whichever way I look at it. Is it a good thing? Hmm! not sure, probably yes although I’m not a darts fan… anymore. OK, I admit to chucking the odd few dozen darts as a teenager – far too close to my Mum’s piano for her liking! No longer, I have cast off this pointy activity in a pointed way! Maybe I should view it as an attempt at self hypnosis, although, if that were to succeed, how would I bring myself around? I’m off target now –hah just realised the pun there! Unintentional, I assure you. Now, what should I paint next? A caricature, portrait or return to that streetskater? Having looked at […]