More art books…

In this past week I’ve order and received a few very very good art books.  Each of these is a jewel!  Some really good art books are being published!  I’ve pre-ordered a couple more.  Now here is a book I’d love to obtain, written fairly recently by a contemporary artist, but it is one of…

“Offering”

“OFFERING” is the name of I’ve given this mixed media painting.  The final result for the collage/paint from the Agnew class.  Using a print of the face I painted, since I just could not cut up the original.

WIP Collage

I’ve tacked the pieces into place. Next step is to affix them permanently. Then to mix some paint and begin painting in some further elements. I wasn’t sure I really wanted to follow through on this one, but I’ve gotten curious how it is going to come out.

WIP Agnew class

I’m not sure how she’ll look when it’s all said and done.  The idea from the Agnew class was to collage a floral headdress on our previously completed painting.  I just couldn’t cut up my original though (gasp!), so I printed out a copy. Then I pulled together some papers that I have in my…

Expanding my vision…

The idea is to have an efficient growth process so you get to the joyous part.  Artists need to live in the present tense. It’s your daily studio function that counts.  artist Robert Genn Oh dear.   I set these ARTISTIC ACTION GOALS for May 11-20 (see post).  Here I am days later and have I accomplished these…

After instruction suggestion…

The instructor commented on that black line and thought it needed to be broken up.  I love getting constructive suggestions!  So I went in and softened up that harsh line.  I added a few brighter highlights here and there where I thought the light would be strongest while I was at it.  Much better. She did…

The inspiration….

Would you ever believe that the Rembrandt painting over there was the inspiration for this painting? When I look at it, my painting, something was tickleingly familiar but I didn’t know what.  Then I realized… looks like the lithograph of Obama.  ha!

Painting with edges…

I thought I’d share the finished work.  I added a coat of matte medium to even out the surface.  And I left some of the background on the side edges.  I used the same colors throughout, even the background so it goes. And notice – NO GLARE!    Because I moved my easel. Yes, for…

Agnew #2 Lucretia

You wouldn’t believe it but this is drawn from a painting by Rembrandt.   Of course reference images are just a starting off point.  I call her “My Little Martian”.   I just played.   The purple color was an accident of mixing – but I rather liked it.  I used a limited palette of a…

Agnew Painting #2 WIP

Our next painting assignment is Lucretia.  I started with a charcoal drawing on an old background. We were supposed to use a diluted ink but I ended up using a dark glaze acrylic.  Mainly because I knew the charcoal was going to gunk up whatever layer came next. This is THE DARKS.  Next I’ll be adding…

Latest art book finds..

Finally, finally the bookstore received the latest ImagineFX Paint Perfect issue – this one featuring anatomy.  I’ve been haunting the bookstore waiting for it. I also picked up the recent issue of Acrylic Artist. And I ordered a used copy (ex-library) of the book Rembrandt’s Eyes.  The book weights like 10 pounds!  Has some wonderful…

Stage One – New Composition

The instructor has asked up to cut out this face and then collage and paint around it to create a new composition.  GASP!  After me obsessing over this face ad nauseum I’m going to cut up the original?!!! NO WAY!  I’m just not that evolved. So I took a sheet of Lutradur mixed media paper/cloth…

Something was off….

It was driving me crazy!!!! I felt the face was off somehow – but I had absolutely no clue what it was!  I finally asked someone who could give an objective opinion and it seems the upper part of the face (the eyes) were looking up as if the face were tilted, but the chin…

Artist Inspiration

I love the work of this photographer, or as she prefers to call herself, an artist with a camera.  She is decidedly just that.  Her work is awe inspiring.  And this story of her own inspiration is deeply touching. I am coming to realize that what I want my art to be isn’t just simply portraits…

Final isn’t like, final

I put away the reference image provided in the class and began to look at this face as uniquely herself.   The face was off somehow.  I realized it was because I was trying this hybrid of the face in the reference image and the face I was painting.  My face is different.  Similar.  But…

Final version of Agnew painting

Actually this is the FINAL FINAL version.  I did one final version that wasn’t final at all.  I think I’ve painted over the entire face again.

First Painting from Agnew Class

Here is my first painting from the Agnew class.  She’s a little wonky.  Her nose is bit too long.  I could go on and on pointing out what I see as wrong.  But really I’m quite happy with how she turned out.  Acrylics can be frustrating for me to work with – they just dry…

Class extra

Decided to choose one her reference images and do a charcoal drawing….

Second exercise

Hmmm, I’m much better with the eye then the mouth.  Nothing wrong with the mouth exactly – I’m just not getting the …feel… of it.

First exercise in the See Feel Paint class

Imagine when I opened the first class of Agnew’s See Feel Paint class to find the first exercises were to draw and eye and a mouth!!  What synchronicity!!  I’d just finished eye studies and about to begin on lip studies.  How perfect!!  And learning from John Singer Sargent no less!! I drew this eye until…

Day 76

A rather wild pencils sketch where I started out being too perfectie, which totally doesn’t work for me.  Besides I love the unfinished look – vignette of it.

The Caterpillar

I rather like this fuzzy little fellow.  And if you haven’t figure it out before, those three little marks to the right are sort of acting as my signature – really the signature of the spirit of the brush at the time – which so what I think these are about.

Permission to play

The best thing about drawing generic faces like this is they give me permission to play.

A wonky Zen4

Well yesterday’s Enso is definitely a little wonky.  Even I can tell it reflects how my emotions were in a bit of upheaval yesterday.  Worried about hubby’s surgery recovery.  Worried about my resistance to the next segment of Watts, I mean what’s with that!?  And feeling a bit of overwhelm since the DeMeng art history…

Totally lost count!!!

I have totally lost count of my 100!!!  Sometimes I counted my feature studies, sometimes I didn’t.  Sometimes I counting my Watts homework and sometimes I didn’t.    Arghhh! But the point was to draw daily and I’ve been pretty much doing that.  I’ve certainly been creating every day in one way or another. I’m…

Zen3 plus Behind the Scenes

Here is my Enso #3.  A larger brush and more water. I put a piece of newsprint behind it to soak up excess ink and I was surprised to find this great Enso underneath this latest one.  I call it Behind the Scenes.  Its a keeper.

From the soulful to the sensuous

Actually I’ve already done a few lips from Vanderpoel, I think as part of my 100Days of Drawing.  So I kinda have a head-start on this segment.  Giving lips there dimension is the challenge – they, like eyes, can be so expressive.

Zen STudio

I ordered an inexpensive brush stand for my calligraphy brushes – and it came with brushes!  Rather nice brushes!  Plus a piece of paper that you can practice calligraphy on with water, when the water dries the writing disappears.  Nice surprises – in a day of nice surprises, hubby’s surgery went well.

Zen2

They say a master could read your emotions on any given day through the enso that you create.  Would my anxiety over hubby’s minor surgery today (is any surgery really minor?) be evident?

Artistic Action Goals: Lips

Today I begin working on the next segment of Head Drawing II.  Once again I am setting goals. ARTISTIC ACTION GOALS: Attend Watts class on lips Finish first drafts of lips WA homework 1, 2, 3, 4 Watch Proko videos on lips (related elective)  1, 2, 3 Read Vanderpoel on lips (related elective) Draw all Vanderpoel lips examples (related elective)…