Thursday, December 21, 2006
Monday, December 18, 2006
The model is Nils Vidstand, one of my favorite models of all time. He was one of the first models who invited me to come up and check out his weapons and props, to feel an old gun that he made and explained to me the history of cowboys; why they wore what they did, how they lived. He could act as well as pose and had great presence in his modeling. He looked like he had just walked right out of the Old West and into the studio.
These were done before I left Disney in Bob Kato's class during lunch hour. I need to redraw the left model; I love her Art Deco pose.
The right one is after I gave birth to my daughter and was so out of it; (it would take three years before I got my drawing sensibility back; I think it was the unbalanced hormones and total lack of sleep). It literally felt like I had never held a pencil in my life and when I sat down and observed the model was afraid to make the first stroke. But oddly enough, I nailed it. Even tho, I was not lucid or "myself" I still had the ability to draw just out of the practice of drawing for so many years. Because this drawing re-affirmed that I still "had it" it remains one of my favorite drawings.
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Greg framed the Lepardine miniature and another small foal painting. The Lepardine painting was not a great work of art, but it sure looked smart after Greg put it in a black frame. They all go to New Mexico in a few days for the x-mas rush.
I am crushed with freelance right now, but will try to post new stuff...
Saturday, December 09, 2006
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
colors were: raw umber, some burnt umber, sienna, red oxide, a touch of cadmium orange medium, a touch of black, titanium white, naples yellow and chromium oxide green. I threw in variations of green on the left side of the face, but the base brown was raw umber, a yellow brown.
Saturday, December 02, 2006
Working simulatenously on both paintings...It is too bad the subtle colors do not show up in the photo. This one I will probably keep. LeoPardine will be painted in this style, "pushing the paint" around. By practicing with the horses, I am flexing my painting skills for the figure.
I am using real cheap bristle brushes which give me little or no control on cold press board. The paint slides around on this substrate--you will either love it or hate it's unpredictability and randomness. It is like painting with watercolors that way, but it can give you a clarity with the paints that canvas cannot seem to deliver. You just have to let the paint do what it wants to do and take advantage of it.
An hour later...Even tho the green background looks better in the photo, the sand background gave the painting fresher surface look. Paint has a "buttery" look that i love. This painting is by no means done; i just need to adjust a few things. When it is done, I will throw 2 coats of a gloss or matte medium on it to seal the paint for all prosperity and viewers will swear it is oil.
The first horse is for a friend; it is a red brown horse with black accents. It is a "showy" painting because i had the opportunity to give it vertical strokes. I pushed the paint around--much like Dean Cornwell did with oils. Even tho the first one photographs better, has better "sculpting" and is more faceted, I actually like the second one better, which is based with umber colors--yellow browns, not reds. I never use yellow browns, but have come up with wonderful values and shades of yellow browns. This painting has less opportunity for long brushstrokes, but i love the color.