Magic Moments-with more figure drawing


This week allowed me time to do some plein-air (see my blog)

And even better to do some more figure drawing at both ALNB and at G on G

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While I have been blindly experimenting with various papers and drawing instruments more seasoned students of art are admonishing me to become systematic-fat chance!IMG_5391 (768x1024)


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However, I will try to limit my experimentation in the future.

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I find I am gravitating toward expression through flowing contour lines and lines which describe movement ant tension.IMG_5393 (768x1024)

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When I do work in pencil it is with a very light touch.

IMG_5398 (768x1024).jpgWorking in the company of many other artists one sees all kinds of approaches to the figure. Often modeling and working with shadow and light to create volume the other artists work mostly in pencil, charcoal or conte’. Or they may abstract the figure into geometric planes or focus exclusively one part of the figure. This is all good practice in which i need much much more!


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I, however, find myself fascinated with ink and watercolor.

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So much to learn!

I frequently go back to studies and work them up in more detail or create a setting. Time with the model is terribly limited.

Here is some of my work (unfinished) from this week.


Magic Moments-one stroke at a time

Last night I finally got myself back to a figure drawing session. This is the watercolor sketch which came out of the evening.

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Sessions usually consist of 10 very dynamic 2 minute poses followed by several 5 minute poses and 10 minute poses and ending with a long pose which the model will hold for 2 or possibly 3 20 minute sessions. I usually work in charcoal or pencil for the short poses concentrating on various aspects of the pose or parts of the model and then switch to watercolor for the long pose. Sometimes I work directly in pen (sharpie) when I am feeling confident. This time I was struggling just to be there and draw at all so I am pleased to have done this much. I always work large this one is 18”x24”. The paper is 100 lb Bristol –very unforgiving worked vertically on an easel so one can not really use washes or flood the paper. got back rather late so-

No watercolor today but I did do a bit of work in the ceramics studio between my walk and a visit to the doctors. I need to do the mares tails clouds I saw this morning. Images like this sit on my mind and literally keep me awake-how can I get them to happen in watercolor?

Angel in the dust

(and yes, last nights model really is this “well endowed”)