I guess I had one more figure to do! This is in progress – not finished yet.
I set myself a “curriculum” (sorry, former teacher) of portraits, then figures. Finished the sixth figure.
Now what? I used up what was left over on my palette for this:
It will be fun finding out what’s next.
I don’t use pen and ink much at all. It’s wonderful – but I haven’t. I was aware of “Inktober” which is a daily challenge to draw with ink and post drawings online. A different word is given as a daily prompt. I participated this year, with a small online community and just finished. I’m posting some of my favorites below! You’re welcome to guess which prompt goes with which drawing.
How many revisions can one painting go through? When I took art classes in Portland, the teacher showed the video of Picasso revising one painting. It was astonishing the number of variations he tried. So in that spirit:
So here’s my last of five figures, all painted from photos from the Croquis Cafe art model resource online. I ended up feeling like the photos had less detail than I had in doing (face) portraits. Next I need to find some live models and try it out!
I’m done (just for now) with portraits – so very grateful to my models. I learned so much. Next project will be to translate my charcoal figure drawings into paint. Always nice to have a direction.
Here are some odds and ends – guess which is which:
1. further development of an abstract
2. further development of a landscape
3. final stages of a friend’s portrait
4. a greeting card
This is personal. “Bring yourself in,” said my drawing teacher in Portland. To bring myself in takes practice, trust, humility, diminished ego, diminished fears, quieted judgement and self- criticism. That same teacher urged us to separate creating from judging. The judging mind cannot create, he’d say.
I’ve been working with delightful and generous friends, painting their portraits. I’ve begun to learn about working with live people, including realizing I don’t have their permission to post their portraits without their say-so. So I’ll get back to that!
Meanwhile, a day spent on opening up to finding myself in pencil and paint.