Self portraits can be quite amusing! I’m really enjoying having this one around.
I did this oil sketch this morning from the mirror in my tiny studio. There was cool light coming from the open window on one side and warm light from the other. I thought that was an interesting challenge because I’m working a lot with warm and cool right now.
We think it’s funny when one of our pets has a serious expression but is obviously content. We say, “This IS my happy face.” Well, this IS my painting painting face. I’m not sad, just totally concentrating on line, stucture, tone and color.
I just started dropping in a Prussian green wash over the warm ground under my grisaille. I was surprised at how the warm green wash made the grisaille appear. The warm ground is working. There will still be a couple of layers of color after this.
I’m working a bit slowly lately. It doesn’t look like I’ll finish 7 pieces in the series before fall starts.
These were produced during the Lou’s Woolley workshop I attended this weekend. It was a great experience.
This is based on the palette we’ve been exploring in the class I’m taking at the Art Student’s League. I’m going to be starting a series based on this concept. This piece isn’t yet finished but I’m going to start some others and then finish them as a group.
And here’s a portrait sketch. I’m trying to draw every night. This is in soft vine charcoal on toned tan.
I decided to do a monochromatic oil painting on gessoed watercolor paper taper to foam core for a couple of reasons. First off, it’s very light and portable. Also my teacher mentioned that I might prefer a less bumpy surface than cotton canvas. I chose monochrome because I’ve enjoyed my work in grisaille. I feel it has challenged me to focus on drawing skills, tone, space and form. With all that to learn to control, I’m pulling back a bit on the color for a bit.
The group met at a water park near a dam and a bridge on the creek. We selected the view of the bridge. Here is my work.
I went out plein air-ing with some women I know this morning. We had a lovely time with excellent weather. Genuinely a magical day.
I brought my drawing materials. This is what I got.
Third view: not finished
Homework this week: copy an old master drawing… my choice was Lucretia by Raphael (1508-1510) I used red chalk on cream paper. Probably should have done this bigger but it was a really good exercise.
The paper is the same. The lighting is different. Shows what a difference lighting makes to color and tone. The paper tone is really somewhere between the two images.