Years ago, a former figure drawing professor of mine commented that he never saw me draw a background on any of my figure drawings. Well, here is a figure plus background. I call her “Renaissance Girl”. This lovely model is also an artist, has traveled to Italy and has an interest in Renaissance art. Thus the Botticelli-esque background.
Outside, the season’s first snowfall is still partially covering the ground, but I thought I’d sneak in one more image of fall before the winter solstice is upon us. I tried to make this one a pure watercolor, but I ended up overworking it. So, I reached for the gouache to fix it and lost some luminosity in the process. Painting management! Will have to redo this at a future date.
A telltale sign of fall is the crimson color of Euonymus alatus, otherwise known as burning bush. The key to its intense color is sunlight. The greater the exposure, the deeper the color. There is a row of these bushes along the Wyomissing trail that lies mostly in the shadow of the surrounding trees. One can readily see where the sun breaks through by the intensity of color on the tops of the bushes.
…with a twist. This was a ten minute pose that our lovely model gave to us. I pulled it from my archives recently and decided to finish it. Maybe it was the attitude she struck that called for a little something extra. The addition of the red dress, I think, turned this pose into a bit of a story. I wonder what it is.
A year has passed since our creepy couple performed their Danse Macabre on the beach. Somewhere, under a pale moon, they’ve reappeared for their annual night of revelry, and perhaps a bit of mischief. They’re more formal this time; it seems that they’ve made an effort to look their best for each other. A toast to true love – maybe it does last forever!
Weird watercolors and ghostly gouache on Ahhhhhrches paper.
October is upon us, and the crows are on the move to their next perch, setting up a racket that usually means they are trying to dislodge a hawk from their territory.
Sometimes I luck out with the wet-in-wet technique and I keep a watercolor looking watery. This is glazed, light to dark. I let each layer dry completely before re-wetting it and adding shadows, being careful not to draw anything in detail.
Watercolors on Arches paper.
I think I might be getting a bit figure heavy in this corner of the internet, so here’s something a little different. Plum tomatoes and a lime in a green glass bowl, created by layering glazes of transparent color until I had the desired depth.
This fall I’m thinking of taking advantage of the colorful foliage and will work on some landscapes as well.
This was going to be my entry in an online painting challenge, run by James Gurney on his blog Gurney Journey, titled “Dead Vehicle Challenge”. But I cheated – the rules were that it had to be a plein air painting; mine was done in the studio from a photo, so I couldn’t submit it for the contest, but I can display it here. It’s actually my next door neighbor’s car, and it hasn’t run for quite a few years. Every year the blue tarp seems to uncover just a bit more, which accounts for the brick on the windshield.
Watercolors, goauche and watercolor pencils.