Figure Friday Returns

amber6

This lovely and talented model continues to challenge us in figure drawing workshop with the most relaxed looking poses. Here’s my interpretation of one she held for ten minutes. A word of appreciation for our figure models is in order. Even though these poses look relaxed, they are actually a strain on the model, especially when “locked in”, that is, holding a position without moving. It takes physical stamina and discipline to stay still for extended periods of time, qualities very much appreciated and respected by us artists. It isn’t as easy as it looks.

Watercolor wash on Arches paper.

Still Summertime

lighthouse

More summertime relaxation means more time to paint watercolors. Earlier in the season we spent a couple of days at the northern tip of Long Beach Island in New Jersey, where the historic lighthouse at Barnegat Bay dominates the skyline. I once climbed all 217 steps to the top, where the view is indeed spectacular. Great effort has been, and is still exerted to keep the sea from claiming this landmark.

Here’s a small watercolor version of the scene. Painting measures 4.5 inches by 8.5 inches. Watercolor wash on illustration board.