Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Monday, May 29, 2017
I based this on a photo long since removed from an American Artist magazine May 1997. Unfortunately i did not write the artsts name on it. I remember it was a woman. A nun I think. One who ket watercolor journal. I will post again after addingvink work. The reason I kept this was because her ink work around the image is so intriguing.
Sunday, May 28, 2017
I am attempting a painting of my left hand. Knuckles are getting swollen and nobby with arthritis. Not as bad as my aunt's whose hand were nearly useless in her late 80s. One hand had frozen almost shut and fingers could not open.
I had not really paid much attention to my own hands until our senior art group leader asked us to draw a hand. I dug out a drawing i did in 1984 from a college course assignment and compared them.
Now i can clearly see the gnarls and nobby knuckles. Im going to do a lot of hand exercises - squeezing a rubber ball and such to help keep them more limber. Id hate to lose their usefulness.
This is charcoal sketch with beginning of background.
Saturday, May 27, 2017
This little ad for Sonoma Count, california in the Aaa magazine seemed like a challenging subject for morning sketch. Its saturday morning on three day holiday weekend. I bet there is a lot of traffic on this road today. Im glad to be here in the studio with paint brush in hand rather than the steering wheel.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Sometimes a subject is intriguing enough to explore over several art sessions. Overlapping circular shapes caught my interest. I like the weaving through of images and colors. Years ago I used a series of acrylic circles in an altered book which gave the effect of a chain.
As i am experimenting with watercolor abstracts this series fits into my style. Using the black ink to ouline the watercolor shapes makes the layering jump. I can see a few more days of this can be fun. Then I plan to concentrate on landscapes again.
Saturday, May 20, 2017
This little sketch is from a photo taken by my aunt on one of our outings. I dont think she ever painted it but i remember she sold lots of cards with this photo at the art shows in Santa Cruz and Carmel areas. Sometimes we would sketch but other times we just snapped photos and had a picnic lunch. They were really special times.
This morning I based this little sketch on a picture from an old art magazine. 1982. That was one of my cancer years. I didnt pick up a paint brush until chemo was over and I was well enough to function again. In those days I painted in oil. If I had tried my hand at watercolor sketches - i could have painted daily. Woulda, coulda, shoulda moment. Lol. I probably pulled this out for an oil painting as the palette is interesting. It was fun to capture in simple watercolors.