“If nothing else is left, one must scream. Silence is the real crime against humanity.” – Nadezhda Mandelstam

March 15, 2015
Storm

Storm, Mar 14, 2015, Oil on Canvas board, 6″ X 6″

So I’ve started working on a commission based on A Crane Called Frank. And I thought I would play with some of the oil mediums to see if they might be something I want to use in this new painting (which I’m calling Francine at the moment). I tried out Galkyd, Neo Megilp and Galkyd Gel. And in the process this small storm ensued.

And here is the beginning of Francine. I’m just building the background now. Chances are very little of this will be visible in the final painting, but we’ll see. I just need to put on a few coats of clear gesso to seal it really well and I will be ready to go.

Francine WIP

Francine WIP, Mar 14, 2015, Mixed Media, 36″ X 24″

Lastly, here are a couple of drawings from this week. One from a figure drawing class that I’m doing – no, she did not have an inordinately large head, I just messed up the scale – and a small drawing I did during the week while thinking about folded paper in preparation to begin Francine.

Model

Model, Mar 12, 2015, Charcoal on Paper, 18″ X 24″

Kids Game

Kid’s Game, Mar 10, 2015, Pen on Paper, 8″ X 10″

 

 

 

College Artwork

February 25, 2014

Having had no opportunity to paint this past week I have no new artwork for my blog. Instead I am posting artwork that I created in college while I was studying graphic design. After storing these pieces for years, moving from one place to another, about ten years ago I decided to photograph the ones I liked and to toss the originals. Sadly, what I thought were good photos at the time were very mediocre. And some of the dates are best guesses – as are most of the dimensions. Most of these were done as specific assignments – some quite obviously. Other’s not so much. Clearly I preferred some mediums far more than others. And maybe one day I’ll gain some rudimentary skill with watercolour – or not. And that’s ok. It is what it is.

Benetton Wasteland

Benetton Wasteland, Apr 1990, Watercolour & Gouache on Illustration Board, 24″ X 19″

Too Late Already

Too Late Already, Mar 1990, Silkscreen on Mayfair, 20″ X 24″

 

Single Family

Single Family, Feb 1990, Tech Pen on Illustration Board, 26″ X 12″

Not the Red Planet

Not the Red Planet, Nov 1989, Watercolour & Gouache on Mayfair, 14″ X 14″

Timeless

Timeless, Oct 1989, Tech Pen on Illustration Board, 24″ X 20″

The Ultimate Driving Experience

The Ultimate Driving Experience, Oct 1989, Coloured Pencil, Marker & Inkjet on Paper, 8.5″ X 11″

Eleventh Hour

Eleventh Hour, Mar 1989, Gouache on Mayfair, 15″ X 18″

Fashion Bits

Fashion Bits, Feb 1989, Gouache on Mayfair, 8″ X 16″

Pentax K-1000

Pentax K-1000, Jan 1989, Tech Pen & Ink on Illustration Board, 18″ X 13.5″

 

Life Drawing Sketch

Life Drawing Sketch, Dec 1988, Vine Charcoal on Newsprint, 20″ X 24″

 

Life Drawing Sketch

Life Drawing Sketch, Nov 1988, Vine Charcoal on Cartridge Paper, 20″ X 24″

 

Life Drawing Sketch

Life Drawing Sketch, Oct 1988, Vine Charcoal on Newsprint, 24″ X 20″

Life Drawing Sketch

Life Drawing Sketch, Sep 1988, Vine Charcoal on Newsprint, 24″ X 20″

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life Drawing, November 5, 2013

Having survived a very busy last few weeks, I am finally getting around to posting the results of my last two Life Drawing classes. On our second last class, we began by drawing with a stick dipped in India Ink. In spite of the puddles of ink on the floor, I really enjoyed this technique. Maybe with a drop cloth I could start doing this at home. Or not. It definitely helped us loosen up our drawings and be more spontaneous. Later on in class we were able to switch to brushes and ink and then charcoal.

First five: Figure Sketches, India Ink on Newsprint, 18″ X 24″.

Last two: Figure Sketches, Vine and Compressed Charcoal on Newsprint, 18″ X 24″.

5 Nov 2013 India Ink and Stick Two5 Nov 2013 India Ink and Stick Six 5 Nov 2013 India Ink and Stick Seven5 Nov 2013 Brush and India Ink Two 5 Nov 2013 Brush and India Ink Three5 Nov 2013 Compressed Charcoal Two 5 Nov 2013 Compressed Charcoal Three

More figure sketches and blue pears.

Another week of figure drawing class. And for a change I spent today painting, rather than staying up far into the night. I’m not sure I prefer it though – somehow time feels different in the middle of the night and I don’t feel as controlled by the clock. Not that I don’t suffer the following week from lack of sleep. Hmmm.

Figure Sketches, Vine Charcoal on Newsprint, 18″ X 24″.

Payne’s Grey Pears, Take Two, Acrylic on Canvas Board, 10″ X 10″.

29 Oct 2013 Figure 329 Oct 2013 Figure 529 Oct 2013 Figure 629 Oct 2013 Figure 829 Oct 2013 20 Min Figure 203 Nov 2013 More Blue Pears

 

Figures, Faces, Hands and Pears

Nice rhythm, but it doesn’t really rhyme. And although we drew feet in class on Tuesday as well, I just didn’t think any of them were even worth including. I tried out oil stick on newsprint and didn’t mind it. I thought my first drawing of our model’s face went not badly, but it’s pretty difficult to believe that the other two are even the same person. Hands…. well, they speak for themselves. I really enjoyed working monochromatically on my pear painting and I think I will try to do more of that, but probably without this outlining thing next time.

Figure Sketches, Oil Stick on Newsprint, 18″ X 24″.

Face and Hand Sketches, Vine Charcoal on Newsprint, 18″ X 24″.

Payne’s Grey Pears, Acrylic on Canvas Board, 10″ X 10″.

22 Oct 2013 Oil Stick Figure One22 Oct 2013 Oil Stick Figure Two22 Oct 2013 Figure Two22 Oct 2013 Face One22 Oct 2013 Face Two 22 Oct 2013 Face Three22 Oct 2013 Hands22 Oct 2013 Figure One26 Oct 2013 Blue Pears

This week: Barenaked Men – or one at least…

Second week of figure drawing and it just didn’t go nearly as well as the first. I’m not sure why but I really struggled with proportion and relationships and everything else that would have made these sketches look better. It’s a process – let’s see what happens next week. Hopefully I’ll be able to do some painting again soon as well.

Figure Sketches, Vine Charcoal on Newsprint, 18″ X 24″.

15 Oct 2013 Figure One 15 Oct 2013 Figure Two 15 Oct 2013 Figure - Three 15 Oct 2013 Figure - Four 15 Oct 2013 Figure - Five 15 Oct 2013 Figure Six 15 Oct 2013 Figure Seven

Figure Drawing and an Apple in Hand

On Tuesday I started my figure drawing class. It’s been a long time since I have drawn the figure and I wasn’t sure how it would go and how frustrating I’d find it. As it turned out, I really enjoyed it and found that other than my shoulder and feet getting tired, it went very quickly. I felt I did ok and a lot of what I’ve learned previously came back – now let’s see how much I can improve by the end of the six weeks. We started the class with some quick sketches, then some gestures and blind contours. The last three were 15 minute poses.

Then last night I did some more painting. I thought – hey – let’s see what happens if I use retarding medium in my paint. Bad idea – it seems that I’ve grown used to the short drying time of acrylics and slowing it down was just plain annoying. I’ll call it a learning experience. I wasn’t thrilled with how my painting turned out, but I liked the subject matter and may have to return to it again down the road to see if I could do better.

Figure Sketches Vine Charcoal on Newsprint, 18″ X 24″.

Apple in Hand, Acrylic on Canvas Board, 10″ X 10″.

8 Oct 2013 Figure - Sketch Two 8 Oct 2013 Figure - Sketch Three8 Oct 2013 Figure - Sketch One 8 Oct 2013 Figure - Quick Sketches 8 Oct 2013 Figure - Quick Sketch8 Oct 2013 Figure - Gesture Two 8 Oct 2013 Figure - Gesture One8 Oct 2013 Figure - Blind Contour One 8 Oct 2013 Figure - Blind Contour Two 8 Oct 2013 Figure - Blind Contour Three8 Oct 2013 Figure - 15 Minutes One8 Oct 2013 Figure - 15 Minutes Two8 Oct 2013 Figure - 15 Minutes Three13 Oct 2013 Apple in Hand