I haven’t only been doing quick ink and wash sketches lately. I’m still working on oil painting. I finally decided to work on a canvas, and I’m using M Graham paints, which are made with walnut oil, and so don’t have the awful (at least to me) and toxic smell of linseed oil. I’m not sure how close this is to finished – I think I’m at the point where the more I touch it the more I screw it up. I changed the background color yesterday by glazing over the original black background, which looked awful. Maybe it’s time to put it away and hope to improve on the next one.
Here’s the studio setup
And here’s a shot of the painting – it’s fuzzy and the light was wrong, but there you are
And of course, I still do life drawing twice a week. Last Wednesday, some of the guys brought in some large sheets of paper they’d recuperated at the art school. Since our model was a very tall dancer, I decided to try a larger format – here’s a photo of the drawings in my studio to show the scale.
A couple of closeups :
2 minutes (whew – that’s a lot of ground to cover in 2 minutes!)
and 10 minutes :
and, on Saturday morning , we had an incredible model who took one beautiful pose after another, but yours truly had run out of coffee that morning, so I wasn’t quite with it, at least for the first ones. A couple of them came together though :
2 – 5 minutes
and longer poses – up to ten minutes
As you can see, I was sitting in the back! That’s what I get for arriving late. Note to self – always remember to check the coffee supply on Friday evenings…..