Saturday, April 30, 2016

Yellow Mums as of Apr. 30, 2016 (Porter Mill Challenge #4)


I worked on the drawing again today.  This is my fourth drawing for the Porter Mill Challenge, which is to create a piece of art each week for 4 weeks. I decided to make one still life drawing per week, and I got this one in under the wire.  Each of my drawings is of a container of flowers on a patterned tablecloth. All of them were drawn with conte crayon and conte pencil, and they all have a very similar off-center composition.  I plan to show them as a set of four in the upcoming Porter Mill Show. Today I started by straightening out lines and eclipses, and then I worked on revising the color scheme. Finally, I added some detail to the flowers. I know there are some things to fix, but this is the basic drawing.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Yellow Mums as of Apr. 29, 2016 (Porter Mill Challenge #4)


I started this drawing today, my fourth and last for the Porter Mill Challenge (to produce one new piece of art each week for a month.) This is the last in a set of four still life drawings done with conte crayon, each with a slightly off-center composition and each with a patterned tablecloth. I spent a couple of hours on this because I am pushing to get this finished by tomorrow (last day in April), but we will see. I did a lot of preliminary work to measure and set up the composition so this drawing will "match" the others if they are displayed together. Then I sketched in the composition and spent some time drawing the flowers. I roughed in some colors for the background, just to get some ideas, but I am pretty sure the colors you see are not the final colors. There are lots of errors to clean up because I was working pretty quickly. Tomorrow I plan to straighten some lines, whip some elipses into shape, and improve the color scheme.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Freesia as of Apr. 28, 2016 (Porter Mill Challenge #3)


This is the drawing I have been working on for the Porter Mill Challenge (to produce one new piece of art each week for a month.) My plan is four still life drawings done with conte, each with a slightly off-center composition and each with a patterned tablecloth. Even though I thought this drawing was just about finished yesterday, this afternoon I went back to it. I had noticed that the vase was not quite symmetrical, so I started by working on that. I also added some detail to the flowers and reworked the colors in the tablecloth. This is the third drawing I have produced, but I have one more to go by the end of April, so it is time to start the next drawing. I already bought some more flowers for another still life (yellow mums), so I hope to get that started tomorrow.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Freesia as of Apr. 27, 2016 (Porter Mill Challenge #3)


This afternoon, I did some more work on the still life that I started yesterday. This is for the Porter Mill Challenge to produce one new piece of art each week for a month. So I am doing a set of four still life drawings, each with a slightly off-center composition and each with a patterned tablecloth. This is three out of four and I am pushing to finish all four by the end of the month. Yesterday I established the composition, and today I modified it just a bit by adding one my flower for balance. Then I worked on the shape and color of the vase, and the background colors. Throughout I continued to try to improve the flowers. I am working from a lovely vase of freesia and they are holding up quite well. I think this is the basic drawing, though I may do some cleanup and make small changes. . . .

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Freesia as of Apr. 26, 2016 (Porter Mill Challenge #3)


Yesterday  I bought some freesia to draw, and today I finally had a chance to start this still life.  This is for the Porter Mill Challenge -- a challenge to artists at Porter Mill to produce one new piece of art each week for a month. So I am doing a set of four still life drawings, each with a slightly off-center composition and each with a patterned tablecloth. Today I started by laying out the composition, measuring to make an rough match with the placement in the other two drawings. Then I sketched the shapes of flowers and vase, and  decided to measure and lay in the pattern for the tablecloth.  I am a bit behind on this challenge, so I decided to spend some extra time on this, and kept going, adding some detail to the flowers and trying out colors for background and tablecloth. My drawing is still pretty rough, but I needed to stop.  To be continued. . . .

Monday, April 25, 2016

Dogwood Starting to Bloom


A friend of mine recently challenged me to participate in a Nature Photo Challenge: go outside, enjoy nature, take pictures -- and post a picture each day to Facebook. So I have been taking a lot of pictures, far more than the one per day for the challenge. It's a great time to do this because things are starting to bloom. This was my photo for Day 3 of the challenge, my dogwood tree just beginning to blossom.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Bela Bacalhau as of April 24, 2016


Here is Bela Bacalhau, my codfish project as she looks today. This is going to be my contribution to the codfish auction for the Marblehead Art Association. (Fifty codfish, decorated by fifty area artists, will be on display in downtown Marblehead and then auctioned off.) Today I finished drawing in the design, which is inspired by blue and white Portuguese tiles (azulejos) that I have seen on trips to Portugal. I had already tried out my design by drawing it "life size" on paper (posted here April 9, 2016 ) Yesterday I drew in the basic grid (the shapes of the tiles) on the wooden cutout, and it took a lot of measuring and looking to get the lines as straight as possible. Today I added the rest of the design, still measuring, checking, putting Bela on the wall and photographing her to make sure the lines remained straight and that the design will look balanced. I also participated in this event last year, and if you like, you can see what I made if you follow this link: www.flickr.com/photos/randiart/17469011928/