Sunday, September 30, 2012

Portrait Study

marker on paper, 14" x 17"
My friend Jeff let me draw him today which was super fun.  The first attempt was pretty rough but I think this one came out nicely.  I switched back over to the markers instead of the colored pencil because I had a feeling it would work out to be more interesting, maybe less traditional, i dont know.  The image is much more yellow than the drawing really is.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Portrait Study

Did this today, can't get a good picture, it was actually on white paper.  Made at the Scottsdale Artists School.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

portrait study

Scottsdale Artists School, portrait sitting
So I went last night to the SAS which is only 6 minutes away.  I really poo pooed this school when I lived here as a young cocky edgy artist during my summers and a bit after college.  and I wasn't really aware of it when I was a kid here.  But they have a really good slate of figure drawing opportunities.  And as I get older I have appreciated the many technical abilities people pop out to paint landscapes, figures and still life.  Although I am not excited about these paintings on the whole, there is something right now that about studying more technical aspects that is appealing to me, so I am going with it.
Anyway, I was pretty happy with this drawing, although the back of his head is kind of flat which reminds me of my flattish back head and a drawing I made of my husband with a flat back head and I realize again I really have to watch making drawings look like me in some way.  I was trying to make myself put more color in the drawing and not rely on the white of the paper which I do.  And I am a bit hesitant to do that which means to me that I should do it more.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

the neighbors yard

"The Neighbors Yard," oil on canvas, 5" x 7", 2012
I am clearly having trouble posting.  And I know this has probably been the subject of the last few posts.  Like constantly beginning diaries but never getting past the first couple of entries my blog is a stale repetition of "I am going to start posting more," "What I really want to do is.." Blah blah blah.  I finally got up the courage to paint again.  And that is oddly what I needed.  Does it seem melodramatic to call it courage to paint?  Well after I have been so cold this summer it is hard to imagine picking up a paintbrush to see what I will do.  But for being cold for so long I was happy with how this turned out.  I realize I am not as psyched as I thought I would be using the desert as a subject but I will keep going.  And really I need most of the courage to just start painting and drawing people, which is what I have been saying I will do the entire time and what I have always like to do. promises.  Diary, I might not get back to you for awhile.  But hopefully sooner than later.