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Portrait Drawing

Portrait: … Dre…

Dre
9”x12” Pastel pencil on paper

Had the second Life Drawing session with a model in my home studio today…

So happy to be drawing from life again…

Beautiful young woman, who had done some light art modeling previously and wants to do more…

Dre has a goth look… Purple hair, nose and lip jewelry, and tattoos… I do not draw jewelry or tattoos… Will ask Dre to sit for a future portrait or figure painting and include them then…

Had her sitting on a new settee I just got for the studio… under overhead warm lighting… with a slightly elevated pose…

Got a good likeness today… Placement and use of available paper was good… Mark making just ok…

Model has great flowing hair… Didn’t do it justice… Though any more attention to her hair would detract from the portrait… Balance in all things, I say… Still, it is wanting in representing the shape, flow, and depth of her hair…

Drawing is on Strathmore Charcoal Paper with a laid finish… Stabilo CarbOthello 1400/645 pastel pencil…

90 minutes…

Progress not perfection…

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Portrait Drawing

Portrait: … Kevin…

Kevin
9”x12” Pastel pencil on paper

Had the first Life Drawing session with a model in my home studio today…

Used to attend an open session at least once a week a few years ago in NJ… Want to restore my rusty skills… Plan to have a model in for portrait or figure work a couple times a month…

After several portrait drawing classes a decade ago… and attending weekly life drawing open sessions for several years, I draw from sight without any particular approach…

Pleased with this first effort… Got a good likeness… Placement and use of the available paper were good… and my mark-making is ok…

Want to move to the next level to capture other dimensions from a live model… My stretch goal is to convey more attitude, humanity, and life force in my portrait and figure drawing…

Drawing is on Strathmore Charcoal Paper with a laid finish… Stabilo CarbOthello 1400/645 pastel pencil…

This was a three hour Long Pose session with the model… Spend the first 45 minutes or so getting to know each other, getting Model Agreement signed, and testing poses and lighting… 20 minutes in pose with 5 minute breaks… Total drawing time 2 hours…

Progress not perfection…

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Portrait Painting

Self-Portrait: …June 2017

Self-Portrait June 2017
18×24 Oil on canvas panel

Set up a mirror for this monochrome self-portrait a few years ago. Burnt Sienna and Titanium White. Edge light from a window behind me and fill light coming from front and left on the short side of my face.

Seeing it again is motivating me to paint a new self-portrait…

Progress not perfection.

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Landscape

Sarasota Landscape

“Palm Across the Pond”
30”x30” Oil on canvass

Note: Changed my WordPress Theme and this post from May 2020 was corrupted, so reposting today…

This is the view from my Florida Room… Been working on this off and on for a few months… Needed to get it off my easel… As Da Vinci is quoted, “Art is never finished, only abandoned.” This painting is on my dining room wall now, with a window view of the actual palm across the pond… Birds are daily visitors like this small flock of Ibis… I can always take it down if I see something that needs attention…

My Trinity Series paintings include three connected clouds representing the Holy Trinity… Father, Son, and Holy Spirit… To me, nature is a divine gift to man…

Pleased with the composition, key, and values… Fronds got too fussy… but the painting conveys a sense of calm… The orange strokes in the blue skies creates a violet hue… my Hat Tip to the Impressionists…

Still progressing as an artist… finding my way with materials and techniques… Long journey ahead…

About 60 hours total 

Progress not perfection…

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Figure Painting

Figure Painting:… Work in progress… Imagined…

“Dawn Dreamer” 16×20 Oil on canvas panel

Started this painting in an open figure session at Ivan Bratko’s Livingston, NJ studio in 2015…

Back at home, imagined and added the dawn beach setting… Put it aside…

Brought it to Sarasota in 2018…. Took it out of storage recently… After looking at it for a few weeks, decided to add the sheer nightgown…

Still needs minor light, shadow, and color corrections… May revise the cloud line and make it part of my Trinity Series… We’ll see… Putting it aside for now… Will finish it this spring…

Progress not perfection…

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Portrait Drawing

Portrait: … ЖEHД

ЖEHД
9×12 Pastel pencil on paper

First portrait drawing in months… Wonderful model… A neighbor who lived through the years after the Bolshevik Revolution before emigrating to the USA…

Expressive face… full of character earned over a lifetime… A joy to draw… Got a solid likeness…

Will ask her to sit again with different head positions… hoping to capture emotions conveyed in her eyes and face…

Stabilo CarbOthello Pastel 645 pencil and General’s White pencil on Strathmore 500 Series paper…

2 hours…

Progress not perfection…

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Painting

Sarasota Landmark… Re-imagined…

“Unconditional Surrender… Re-imagined”
Trinity Series
24”x36” Oil on Linen

Started this months ago… Put it aside… Would keep working on it… but it is finished for now… 

It is a tribute to Seward Johnson’s iconic sculpture “Unconditional Surrender,”reimagined by me…

My version is a less aggressive, more loving welcome home between a WWII couple… in an imagined open field on Sarasota Bay… with a hat tip to Dali and a floating tree… Hockney stylized branches… Turner harbor ghost ships, and to Monet with small pink clouds floating in the blue sky…

It is also part of my Trinity Series paintings… each with symbolic three clouds representing the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit… God is all around us in the natural world… We just have to learn to see… like an artist…

Progress not perfection…

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Painting

Work in Progress… One about done… One 3/4… One just started… and a New Palette…

Work in progress

Been sometime since I posted last…About to begin the finishing stage on 12×12 oil portrait on the left…

Just started 30×30 oil painting in the middle… Much work to do… Using reference photos for my imagined beach entry and pelican… Clouds represent the Holy Trinity…

Painting on the right above, oil 24×36, is a tribute to Seward Johnson’s iconic “Unconditional Surrender” reimagined by me… A less aggressive, more loving welcome home between a couple instead of strangers… in an imagined open field on Sarasota Bay… with a hat tip to Dali with the floating tree… to Turner with his harbor ships, and to Monet with the small pink clouds floating in the blue sky… It is also part of the Trinity Series…

If you are passing through NJ or live near Hamilton… stop by the J. Seward Johnson Sculpture Garden… Many of his works are on display, beautiful grounds, with a cafe… 

Sitting atop my table palette on wheels is an oil palette I had made by a cabinet maker friend from a reproduction of John Singer Sargent’s oil palette… It is 1/8 oak plywood, unlikely to warp… with several coats of Danish Oil rubbed into the wood over several days… Use it for close up work, finishing work with a limited color palette… Clean it after each session… Scrape with a razor tool, wipe with with Gamsol, and scrub with dish soap, rinse with water, and towel dry… Ready to use the next day…

Use my table palette when blocking in a new painting, and put out full range of colors I intend to use… 

Progress not perfection…

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Painting

Work In Progress: …Unconditional Surrender #1

Unconditional Surrender… Set Up And Early Painting

Every artist has a process… even an Aspiring Hobbyist… Here is mine…

I work on the whole painting in stages… Sketch, block-in, values, coloring, detail, and finish… bringing up images, forms, foreground and background at the same time… so the whole painting hangs together at the completion of each stage…

You can see in the painting, I use masking tape to mark the placement borders… and important measurements… The two pieces of tape on the left mark the three 12” segments in this 36”x 24” painting…

Previously, did a 12”x 12” oil sketch of Seward Johnson’s sculpture, Unconditional Surrender… You can see it to the left of the in-progress painting… These small oil sketches allow me to consider composition, palette, and any problems that might come up in a planned larger painting…

In the sketching stage, no tracing from a photo or projector for me…  I use a loose Sight-Size Measurement Method… The Eye-Brain-Hand connection lets me study and render the images in a focused, intimate way… and frees me to look for how the painting wants to be developed… At every stage, a painting is a vehicle on a journey… It will show you the way to its destination… if you learn to sense the direction it wants to go…

Look closely and you can see I use chalk in the sketching stage to draw and correct images… and explore image or composition options… A wet paper towel wipes away discards or mistakes… Easy Peasy…                                                            

Here is the palette for this painting, starting at the top and moving down the right:

Grayscale (Ivory Blk & Titanium White); Viridian; French Ultramarine Blue; Ultramarine Blue; Cobalt Blue; Cerulean Blue; Cad Yellow Deep; Cad Yellow Light; Naples Yellow; Yellow Ochre; Raw Sienna, Cad Red Light…

I can mix all the greens, blues and browns from this palette…

Using Poppy Oil… Favored by the Impressionists and Alla Prima painters… Very slow drying so allows me to keep working a layer or area for up to 10 or more days even using very little medium… 

Prefer long handle Filbert brushes… In this painting, using Isabey Special #4&8; Silver Grand Prix  #4&10; Rosemary Ivory #4; Simply Simmons #10; and Princeton Angular Shader…

That’s all for now…

Progress not perfection…

 

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Portrait Drawing

Portrait: Tone It Down…

“Geralda”
11 x 14 Pencil on paper

Been awhile since any portrait drawing… Rusty skills… Need to keep my Eye-Brain-Hand connection sharp, so will be doing more drawing…

Mechanical pencil on Strathmore toned paper…

Happy with the composition… Drawing is just ok… Overworked… Too many marks and erasure… Let’s give it a 6 for my skill level… Too much line work on the hair… Could have handled the legs differently… Also relearned toned paper is not the best choice for graphite pencil… Buff paper next time… Will use charcoal or pastel pencil on toned paper…

120 minutes… Model sat for 20 minute segments… 5 minute breaks… First portrait session in my home studio… Worked out great…

Progress not perfection…

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Home Studio

 

Relocated to Sarasota in 2018 and, after nearly a year as a renter researching communities, bought a condo late last year. Remodeled the place, including converting a small den into a home studio…

 

A Tueller Wall Easel, handcrafted by Jason Tueller at Paper Bird Studio, makes working on both larger paintings and multiple pieces much easier. Also, put caster wheels on a butler side table. Spray painted one side of a double-paned beveled glass with a dark gray, installed and sealed it on the wooden tray top. Now have a nice mobile neutral palette…

Small work and storage area, and 5 drawer cabinet on casters, make it easy to keep the area organized and clean. Keeping it simple lets me quickly find what I need…

Removed closet doors, expanded the space, and installed spotlights for lighting and shadow effects. Had a sturdy platform built with locking caster wheels so it can be moved to the other side of the room to also get natural southern light when desired, next best thing to northern exposure.

Use the chair for portrait work, the settee for figure work, and a table for still life set-ups. removing those not in use. Put locking caster wheels on my stand-alone easel in the top photo and use it so I can look directly at the model or still life and sight-size when drawing or painting…

Have a utility sink within 15 feet, and mounted wall shelves within 20 feet in the garage for unused canvas storage to complete the set-up…

All in all, pretty good use of space for a hobbyist and aspiring artist…

Progress not perfection…

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Oil Study: A Little Kitsch… Can Have a Rich History…

“Welcome to Sarasota: Hat Tip to Seward Johnson”
11×14 Oil on Panel

All moved into my condo… Home studio is nearly finished… so happy to be painting again.

Seward’s sculpture “Unconditional Surrender” is a Sarasota bay front landmark… It was a natural to paint… Plan to do a 30×40 oil copy soon….

This is part of a Sarasota Trinity Series… (Three connected clouds will be in each painting)… Why??… Easy answer… Living in Sarasota… is like being in Paradise!!

Progress not perfection…

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Portrait Drawing

Portrait: … Muse

Geralda
11×14 Trois Crayon

With no open studio nearby and preoccupied with finding a new home, needed to do some drawing to test my portrait skills after a year. Geralda is a woman who emigrated from Brazil and cleans my place. After some coaxing, she agreed to sit for a couple portrait sessions. Geralda has a calm beauty I hope to capture in future drawings and paintings…

Geralda
11×14 Trois Crayon on toned paper

90 minutes…

Progress not perfection…

 

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Portrait Drawing

Portrait: … Drawing after the drought…

“Geralda”
11×14 Trois Crayon on toned paper

Haven’t done any drawing or painting since October 2017… Packed up my SUV with art materials, some clothes and photos… relocated to Sarasota, FL… Between getting my home ready for sale in NJ and distributing my possessions, didn’t have the attention or desire to make art…

Still waiting to buy in Sarasota… Not comfortable doing any painting in the condo rental… Cleaning brushes, etc… Miss attending Yuri’s open sessions… Did find an atelier here that offers open sessions, so will be checking it out…

Met a couple recently down here who asked if I would draw their portrait… Hmm… needed to see if my portrait drawing skills were still up to the task!!… As a test, asked the woman who cleans my rental if she would sit for a portrait…

About three hours.

Progress not perfection…

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Still Life

Work in Progress: Put Aside…

Still Life
36×36 Oil on canvas

This is a still life painting set up by Yuri Yurov when I was studying with him in 2017. It needs corrections in the shape of the wine glass, the pottery piece, completion of the vine, and overall finishing effects.

Here is an early version…

I moved from Morristown NJ to Sarasota FL in 2018 and have taken a break from my art. When I get settled here, will take this painting up again.

Progress not perfection…

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Landscape

Special Request: Oil Sketch

Birdhouse 16x20 oil on canvas panel Birdhouse
16×20 oil on canvas panel

Birdhouse in my backyard done at request of my darlin’ and gift to her. More fun illustration than fine art. Looks like it belongs in a children’s book : )

Progress not perfection…

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Still Life: … Learning to Paint… #10

Still Life #10 18 x 24 Oil on canvas
Still Life #10
18 x 24 Oil on canvas

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Still Life

Still Life: …Learning to Paint… #5

Still Life #5
18×24 Oil in linen panel
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Still Life

Still Life: …Learning to Paint …#9

Still Life #9 18 x 18 Oil on canvas
Still Life #9
18 x 18 Oil on canvas

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Still Life: …Learning to Paint… #7

Still Life #7 18 x 24 Oil on canvas panel
Still Life #7
18 x 24 Oil on canvas panel