Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Putting it All Together: Fifiteen Finished drawings

So there it is my whole semester's work!

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Self Portrait in Style of Renoir

Trying again!!  Pastels are new to me and I am no Renoir!

I think I look like Harvey Keitel in that picture. It is something about the eyes!!

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Yet another Self-Portrait

Surprise we have a(n unexpected) final project in my art class. The rest of the class is doing self porttraits and since I haven't really ever worked with color in drawing I decided to try and do one too. We are supposed to be doing an image in the style of. I chose Renoir, but honestly my lack of facility with pastels means there is not style of anyone visible. I think I will have to do a few different versions!  Here is what I have so far. (I may need non oil pastels so I can blend.)

Sunday, 24 April 2016

State of the drawings

Hmm, I am supposed to have 11 finished drawings by the end of the semester and I have been struggling to find a 10th and an 11th. As noted earlier, the class has been doing self portraits in the style of other artists. I decided I needed to expand my medium, so I have been working with charcolal and K├Ąthe Kollwitz. None of my sketches really resemble her masterful work and in factthe more I do, the less they resemble her stuff, but I did a third charcoal sketch today and figure I can count the three self-portraits as drawing number 10.  I did work on the first sketch and overhaul it a bit today too.  Todays sketch  is here.

To make it more Kollwitz-like I added dark on the dark side and I don't think I like it better, but worse.

You may remember my first sketch. The face was too narrow.

I've adjusted the eyes and broadened the chin and cheeks - unfortuantely now the crown of the head is too squat, but it is a better drawing.

So the big question was what to do fot the final project. I was so uninspired that I decided to try something completely different. I found a photo of a bunch of women from the 20s seated for a group portrait, but was really taken by their hands and legs, so I decided to do those. I need to clean up the hands, but I kind of like this:

Garden Stuff

I have been so proud to have a new magnolia, since I am accustomed to the majestic magnolias of the south and my tiny little magnolia is going into its third year now and bears little resemblance to my fantastic memories. Nonetheless here it is in all it's glory. (It actually has 5 buds left after the rabbits got through pruning it.

My wild tulips are also blooming.


Saturday, 23 April 2016