What do you think of my gorgeous husband? Look familiar? Oh.. OK so Michelangelo did it first. Yesterday was my first day off the heating pad and I am finally feeling like moving around more. So I got out my trusty aquabrushes and my watercolors and went to town…to Florence to be specific. This is my second favorite sculpture. Michelangelo’s Pieta is my favorite. I am in awe of his talent, his ability to create beauty, serenity and power. Several months ago I cut out a small black and white photo of his David with the intent to paint it as a sepia monotone. After doing the drawing the sepia felt too lifeless so I used cobalt, ultramarine and a puddle of “yesterday’s paint” that was a red-purple. I was pleased with this little sketch. Glad I did it!
February 23, 2011 February 24, 2011
It is amazing how much you can draw when you are flat on your back. I helped my husband assemble a new bookcase and move it around and, of course, the next morning my back went out. This has happened two times in two months and I have put down my foot. No more furniture assembly and moving for me. Anyway, I decided to look at the bright side and to use the time to do another drawing. I started by thinking about cells but then spun off into mosaics and wound up thinking about zinna petals. I think you can see the influence of all three.
I think it looks like some weird cobblestone path. Since I had lots of time, I decided to use my colored pencils to play with the zinna petal concept. The top ring is more of a burgundy and red blend and the lower ring is more of a red and gold blend.
Not totally successful but fun to play with and kept my foggy brain occupied during two days on a heating pad.
February 21, 2011 February 22, 2011
Graphite is such a subtle, flexible medium that I really enjoy working with it…but, of course, you know me…I miss my COLOR. For whatever reason, right now, I am intensely drawn to draw. Here is my latest drawing. I am calling it Music #2. After seeing the photo I took, I think I need to deepen some of the values but here it is for your viewing pleasure (I hope.)
February 20, 2011 February 21, 2011
My catch phrase for February should be Graphite is Grand! It was rainy yesterday so I found time to relax and to do another little drawing. When I create these little drawings I am using a 6″ X 9″ sketchbook and graphite pencils with several different hardnesses. I usually start with a 6H and that really hard lead seems to the one that “incises” the paper. I’ve also noticed that occasionally I get some incision using my 2B mechanical pencil. Anyway …just adds to the interest! With this drawing I wanted to do something geometric but I included the curved elements so it would not look TOO industrial. PS The paper is not pink! Couldn’t get the background color in the photo right!!!!!
February 15, 2011 February 16, 2011
This drawing was loads of fun to do! Once again I was working on composition but I was also trying to push my drawing skils. It was subtly inspired by the book I just read about Georgia O’Keefe. Even with that inspiration I tried to leave the elements rather undefined…are those eggs or rocks?…is that a bone or a weathered piece of wood? I want the viewer to decide.
February 13, 2011 February 14, 2011
Here we go – one more attempt to work on composition. This drawing was inspired by music and the fold at the top right of the drawing. Last night I kept seeing the fold – a dark, thin strip folded sharply with the tales moving in opposite directions. As I worked on the drawing I integrated a swirling movement that made me think of a lilting, looping pattern of music. I felt like the “ribbon” was going to fly away if it wasn’t anchored somehow so I added the oval shape to tie it down. This was really fun and pushed me to think…
February 12, 2011 February 13, 2011
I have been working with color lately and have usually had a specific subject in mind. Both a good thing! Last night I decided to watch the original Godfather movie and it is a long one. While I watched and listened, I decided to do some drawing with nothing in mind except for a focus on composition. For me understanding what makes a “good” composition is the most challenging thing I face as an artist. I used 6H, 2B and 6B pencils and here’s what I completed.
To me it looks like a melding of Leger and O’Keefe. I liked the simplicity of it. If your willing to comment, please tell me how you would improve the composition. Thanks to all who visit!
February 11, 2011 February 12, 2011
One more sketch inspired by Georgia O’Keefe. This is not a copy of one of her paintings but a sketch from a photo of a dry waterfall near her home in New Mexico. I loved the texture and deep shadows. I hope some day I can visit this part of the United States. Beautiful!
February 10, 2011 February 10, 2011
Here’s another tribute to Georgia O’Keefe. It is based on her painting Seashell and Seaweed. (By the way my post of February 8th should have mentioned that the title of her work is Leaf Motiv #1.) Once again done rapidly and on the run with my sketchbook, aquabrushes and watercolor set. Here it is…
February 8, 2011 February 9, 2011
I am reading The Art & Life of Georgia O’Keefe by Jan Castro for the docent bookclub at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. We have three O’Keefe’s on display, including her fabulous Jimson Weed. She is one of my favorite artists and I love her floral paintings. I am caregiving for my brother-in-law, who just had knee replacement surgery, so I had time yesterday to complete a semi-copy of one of her oils. I have always liked the drama in this painting.
I did not have the materials with me to do an actual copy so I started with a photograph from the book and then just worked on my own. I painted it in my wet media sketchbook and used my aquabrushes and a pan set of 12 watercolors. I also used colored pencil and watercolor markers. I am doing a lot of mixed media work right now and am going to have to start using the better materials in my studio to get back to watercolor painting. I can’t get the crisp line with these portable materials but they are great for what I’ve been working on. Finding the right “tool” is always the key to success!