Thursday, 28 April 2016
Tuesday, 26 April 2016
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
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 Käthe 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:
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.
Saturday, 23 April 2016
The ground was blessed by the Abbott
and then the ground was broken with golden shovels.
Thursday, 21 April 2016
Tuesday, 19 April 2016
The class I am sitting in on (sort of - because they are drawing 1 students I am so -called (?) advanced) is doing self portraits in the style of... So I couldn't resist dusting off my charcoal and trying a couple of self-portraits in the style of Kathe Kollwitz. (She is amazing and I am a very cheap imitation - but here is what I came up with.)
Sunday, 17 April 2016
I've been working on my Magic Mountain drawing today and think it is close to finished.
Unfortunately the cat jumped up and got something wet and inky on my picture -so I guess I'll have to whit it out or something, and maybe lighten up the buildings in the middle.
On other news - the garden is blossoming. Spousal Unit D found this flower in the back yard.
Thursday, 14 April 2016
I bought some flowers at the grocery store, but didn'nt get around to unwrapping them for a while. Unfortunately the tulip stems rotted, so many had to go into a wine glass.