Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Sketch done in class

continued work on shading.

The New Mona Lisa

Did you know it took DaVinci 10 years to paint her lips? and she is missing a feature on her face. Can you see what it is?

Sunday, January 28, 2007

a tropical storm in destin, fl

I sketched this more or less from one of my favorite photos, which a friend took during a tropical storm on the Gulf Coast. My rays are too pronounced, the proportions are all off, and the fact that the photo evokes strong emotion for me shows blatantly...but you get the idea. This exercise reminds me that 1) subtlety was never my strong point in anything; and 2) knowing when to stop -- knowing when I'm "done" -- is very, very difficult.

[the photo]

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Dirty Car Art

Something to try in the spring?

more dirty car art

Thursday, January 25, 2007

calendar girl

Meet beautiful Ms. Agnes, whose photo in a local nursing home's calendar inspired my very first attempt at drawing a person. She is as pretty and sparkling as June -- the month she's featured -- and capturing the memories in her face and the twinkle in her eye proved very very difficult. I don't know her, but I think I'd like to.

Here you can see the mistakes in proportion and symmetry I've made...but still, this is really fun.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

very loose, very quick sketch

Chair with a blanket over it

I had such a hard time getting started with this one. It's an odd composition, in my humble opinion, but once I began sketching in the highlights, things seemed to take shape a bit better.

Monday, January 22, 2007

a hand

two hours to draw a hand, LOL!
but at least it's not a turkey anymore, it's a hand.
this one was tough.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

That Leo guy was smart.

Factoid of the day: To better understand perspective in a painting,Leonardo DaVinci set up two easels and placed a large sheet of glass on them so that it straddled the gap. He then traced what he saw through the glass.

A glass

We need some Wachovia to put in it.

Blackstone, anyone?

So here's my wine bottle.

Are we annoying our artist friends and family yet? ;-)

Tuesday, January 16, 2007