Andromeda

Still working on a better looking line as well as context. For this one I flooded the paper with two colors – diluted quinacridone yellow and Prussian blue, then neutralized it in spots with some Paynes gray.

Figure Friday

Last week our model gave us a nicely twisted three-minute pose. I managed to get enough information on paper to create a reasonable figure, then played with some shapes on top.

After the Storm

This is the view from the back door of our son’s shore rental after a short but intense rainstorm came through, the same storm mentioned in my July 20th, 2017 post titled “Another Sunset”. What struck me was the contrast between the gray sky and the orange, alien monster-looking water tower. If I had any imagination I would have tried to make this an H.G. Wells-type illustration, with laser beams streaming from the tower and buildings catching on fire.

Model Posing on Couch

Not much to say about this one except that I’m working on improving my line quality. The flowers are significant in that they are the favorite of this lovely model. Forty years ago she carried them down the aisle and said “I do” to me.

Drawing

This is from a portrait workshop that I attend on occasion. I use this opportunity to try to hone my drawing skills, and also as a way to study value in preparation for color work. By grouping highlights, mid tones and shadows with each other, a composition becomes more cohesive, and thus easier to paint.

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Figure Friday

Here is our lovely figure model in a gorgeous ten minute pose that I first rendered in pencil and afterwards converted it to a watercolor sketch. I’m compiling quite a volume of drawings from her work.

Quick Sketch

It took a bit longer than “quick” for me to draw a portrait of one of our stalwart figure models (more like 40 minutes), but once I drew it in pencil, it was easy to create a watercolor sketch from it. This is painted fast and loose in order to keep the spontaneous look and feel of water media.