In the past, I’ve done portraits and figures and tried to invent the background. Not always successfully, not always effectively. And not really understanding what the problem is/was.
Now I’m working on figures WITH backgrounds (from photos) that make some good compositional sense.
With some jobs, you get a snow day. I took a snow week. (Hey, there’s still snow in my yard – that counts.) Didn’t get to the studio to paint, but sketched on light rail and painted one chicken this week.
You know that procrastination you do about that thing that scares you? I joined a Meet Up group online that lists local live model figure drawing classes weekly. Week after week I received the notices. After week. After week. Then I made it a New Year’s resolution to go. Today I did. It was easy, perfect, relaxed, serious. Yay!
I DO like doing portraits. I do, I do!
At the studio an art session was offered for the kids in the neighborhood. One child showed up. She was welcomed and then given a ten foot roll of paper on the floor, markers, crayons, pencils. She was happy for an hour.
I decided to give myself a play day. Warmed up with graphite mark-making session, then my fav – a charcoal portrait, then got the acrylic paints out for experiments. A tight poet laureate, Donald Hall, and a loose idea of a horse’s back.
A post on Facebook declared that Picasso created about 50,000 art works, of which 100 today are known/valued. The point of the post was that art is a numbers game – and not every thing you make is going to be quality, revolutionary, evanescent.
But you/I will have made it.
I regularly put stuff up that I’ve made – but not framed – I put it up with blue painter’s tape. I’m looking at it, I’m thinking about it, but I see it all as practice and learning. It’s rarely a finished product.
That being said, I can also still get moody – up-moody or down-moody about the process, my stuff. Helps to notice that, and remember that the critical mind cannot make a damn thing.
chairs, oil, 9×12 inches
Painting a variety of Christmas cards this year.
Spent from 10-5 pm today in a class called “Expressive Figure Drawing” at the Miller School of Art. We had a wonderful model and lots of interesting challenges.
Here we were looking for the mass/gravity center of the model:
Here we were drawing then painting her face on top of a random collection of negative spaces
I’ve been told I naturally see “space” and it’s harder for me to see a flat painting. And I’m working hard to understand what that even means. Alberto Giacometti was a painter, sketcher and sculptor. He was good with space. My assignment: do it like Giacometti.
It’s just about one year since I began drawing and painting with a teacher.
Some things I’ve done:
– color mixing
– color theory
– started using oil paint
– painted self portraits and portraits
– stretched and primed canvasses
– worked with six fantastic volunteer models
– finished two online classes with MoMA (one included painting)
– did five (plus) figure paintings
– put up artwork in a group show
– continued to show up and learn stuff for 12 months, whether or not I was comfortable.
– wow! what a year! thank you to everyone who says encouraging things to me! I appreciate it ❤️