Here’s a tree I spotted at a pumpkin patch that we visited with the grandkids. What caught my attention was the way the outer leaves turned color while the center remained green.
This painting is an exercise in value, also known as rhythm. An academic teacher that I knew described value as the lifeblood of a drawing or painting – light values support dark values support light values, etc., across the entire work. It’s a tricky thing to accomplish when using color, so I limited my palette and spent a month on and off tweaking it until I got it right.
The universal symbol for Veterans Day is the subject of this post. This is a wet-on-wet effort to keep everything looking loose and free. I used white space to keep the colors from bleeding into each other and muddying up the composition.
Another year on and our morbid merrymakers are at it again. This time it looks like they’ve decided to carry on closer to home. Weird things happen on All Hallows Eve, so take care if you decide to pass through a graveyard tonight. And, if by chance, you like that sort of thing, bring your dancing shoes.
Smartphones and selfies – they’re everywhere!
This is more of the same style I’ve been using, a pencil drawing with washes and a bit of watercolor pencil thrown in.
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.
This is a ten minute sketch of a guy who used to model for us a few years back. I’ve been posting a majority of female figure drawings on this site, so here’s a male for a change. I made two puddles of color and splashed them onto rough paper.
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.
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.
Still trying to improve my line work. This is from a drawing I made a few years ago that I decided to rework by adding a design element to it. It also gave it a bit of an engraving look.
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.