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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Open Figure Painting

I decided at the last moment to go to an open (no instructor) figure drawing/painting evening. There is a live model who does very short poses while the artists quickly draw and warm up. The model then goes into half an hour poses so there is time to put in more than big shapes. I have only gone once before and although intimidated by the art work created, really enjoyed the experience. This night was no different except for the male model. He was very professional and the whole evening flew by.

I am going to have to go more often as I learn so much by observing and translating the human body. I don't like to draw or go by myself so the whole event is a challenge for me. Here is my art from a couple of the longer poses (covered up for child viewing):

These were done on large newsprint paper 36" x 23" with charcoal, conte and large child sized pastels.


Friday, January 3, 2014

"Blue Jar Of Happiness"

What a great way to bring warmth indoors...with flowers and paint! The actual jar/vase was green but seeing how I had an artistic license in hand and a favourite colour in mind.....ta da, blue vase.

"Blue Jar of Happiness"
9" x 12" Oil on canvas board
$100 unframed

"Warm/Cool Figure"

This was painted after the Calgary FCA Holly McWilliams workshop. We had painted the figure in her workshop with the warm being on her front and the cool on her back. I painted it again at home (smaller) but reversed the way she is facing and worked on her front being cool and back warm. You can see the previous painting on Tuesday, November 26 2013.

"Warm/Cool Figure"
Oil on canvas board 16" x 8"

"Winter Tulips"

I painted this during one of our snow storms. I needed and wanted something bright and cheery to offset the dreary outside blowing snow. This was painted with brushes and a palette knife, very textural and with the dark background the tulips pop out. It is fun to look at as well as brightens my art studio.

"Winter Tulips"
Oil on board 8" x 8" 
$75 unframed (plus shipping)
I really enjoy this 8" x 8" format for flowers as it looks great unframed on a small table easel in my when I can paint and enjoy it right away!