During my time in DC, I was able to make an appointment to study about 20 exquisite drawings in the archives. Above are a few of my favorites, but it was difficult to choose, as other artists seen included Raphael, Durer, Parmigianino, and Tiepolo. The small sketches were just as impressive as the more developed drawings. The National Gallery's willingness to make this opportunity available is truly incredible.
I attended Robert Liberace's workshop earlier this month. Above are pictures of his two demos alternated with two of my studies from the weekend. It was a treat to be able to have such young models. Rob's nieces were so patient with us.
Above are my double-sided business cards, which thanks to Kym who printed them up, make so much more of an impression than my old ones. I went to my hometown, Spartanburg, over the weekend and put some in stores around town. Marketing my art doesn't come easily for me, but I'm making a push to get my name out there.
Here is the latest long term portrait I've been working on for a week and a half. I had fun setting up this pose and going to the farmer's market to get fresh flowers for it. I'll post the final painting in the next week or so. . . .
We had a wonderful model last night at OCAF, who agreed to come back next week, so I'll have 2 and 1/2 more hours on this painting. I worked to get down a basic understanding of the pose and proportions ( the arms are too thin at the moment!) , shadow shapes and basic temperature of the shadows. This study is roughly 15"x19". With more time, I was able to work a little larger.
Hopefully, this is an almost completed commission, but I am waiting to receive the approval of the parents. It has been a particularly tricky portrait, as the one day I was in Virginia, happened to be the one day that Charlie did not want to have his pictures taken. He gave me maybe one somewhat natural smile, then the rest looked as if he were in great pain. Finally, he would only take pictures if he could wear his sunglasses. Yikes! Needless to say, the source material was not ideal for this painting, so it is a compilation of my photos and family photos.
Each Wednesday, I attend UGA's open studio. The night begins with several 1 minute quick poses working up to 5 minutes. I usually feel out the gesture and form with a pen then do a wash with ink for the shadows. The first image is an example of these exercises. 10 minute, 20 minute and the 40 minute poses follow and I have included images of drawings done in those time increments as well.
A friend recently returned from teaching for a year in China and asked me to draw and paint some of the amazing pictures he captured during his stay. This pen and watercolor drawing is approximately 20"x24". Beneath is a commissioned wedding present for a couple who just married in the rendered church. This is done in the same technique, but smaller at roughly 11"x14".
This study is from a three hour session I hold at Oconee Arts Foundation on Tuesday evenings. We start out with six three minute poses and then decide on a single pose for the remainder of the time. Turning the head horizontally was a fun challenge. It kept me focusing on shapes and how they make up the whole, instead of the specific features.