Here’s a controlled drawing of one of our nieces relaxing lakeside, with a good book.
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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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.
I’m not sure if they are regular visitors to the mid-New Jersey coastline, but I have rarely seen a pelican there, much less three at once. They flew over us, heading north. Later, while on a walk, we saw six of them floating among the breakers. They may have been resting, enjoying the fine weather, or perhaps bickering over their dinner choices.
Watercolors on Arches paper.
It’s not hard to get possessive of a stretch of beach when you are on a mini-vacation and just want a break from a work schedule for a couple of days. So it was on a chilly day in September that we took possession of a narrow, windswept and mostly empty stretch of beach. Loki helped run security while we relaxed and let the waves mesmerize us.
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