Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Cherries and Berries (As of July 18, 2018)


I started this drawing this afternoon with my Sharpies.  I thought it would be fun to draw fruit for a change. When my daughter saw this, she asked if I was hungry.  This is on paper, 4 x 4 inches.  But I came too close to the margin, so I put the image into the computer and fixed that digitally.  I noticed a few other things I want to fix, so I will continue this tomorrow.

Monday, July 16, 2018

In the Shade (Watermedia)


I recently found a set of paintings and exercises from a watercolor class that I took in the summer of 1998. I decided to post them here.  I think there may be more paintings from that class somewhere in my studio, but this one is the last of the set that I found recently.  This was an exercise in using skin tone in light and shadow. I think the assignment was to find a black and white photo in a magazine and create a painting of the scene in color. 

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Her Face (Watermedia)


I have been posting a set of exercises and paintings from a watercolor class that I took back in 1998.  The assignment was to apply the previous skin tone color exercise to painting the face. I am pretty sure this was from imagination, not observation, though this looks just a little bit like the teacher, especially the purple hair. 

Saturday, July 14, 2018

My Left Hand (Watermedia)


I have been posting some exercises and paintings from a watercolor class that I took in the summer of 1998.  I found them recently while cleaning up my studio. This one was a homework assignment, to paint our own hands.  The idea was to apply what we had learned from the skin-tone colors exercise. T I remember realizing, in the middle of this assignment, that I had blue veins on the backs of my hands.  When did that happen? Self-portraiture is hard.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Color Exercise 5 (Watermedia)


While cleaning up my studio, I recently came across a set of exercises and paintings from a watercolor class I took back in 1998, and decided to post them here.  (This is a way to honor the memory of the young teacher, who died far too soon.) This was another color exercise. This time the goal was to mix a variety of colors that could be used to paint portraits and figures. I am not sure whether I was using watercolors or acrylics with water.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Beverly Common (Watermedia)


This is a painting from a set of exercises and paintings that I did in an evening class back in 1998. I recently came across all of this while cleaning out my home studio. I have been posting color exercises, but this is one of the paintings I did. It was summer so  there was time to paint outside while the light lasted. I painted a rocky woodland area at the edge of the common.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Color Exercise 4 (Watermedia)


I recently found some exercises and paintings from a watermedia class that I took back in 1998. I decided to post them here because I like they way they look, and also because I loved the class and loved the teacher, and want to honor her memory.  This is a continuation of Exercise 3, posted yesterday. The idea was to create the illusion of three-dimensional shapes using color, creating light and dark without adding white or black.  I think I was working in watercolor but it might have been acrylics.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Color Exercise 3 (Watermedia)


I recently found a set of exercises and paintings from a class I took back in 1998.  I thought it would be fun to post them.  The idea for this exercise was to create a sense of three-dimensional shapes with shadows (but without using black).

Monday, July 09, 2018

Color Exercise 2 (Watermedia)


While straightening up my home studio, I recently came across a set of exercises and paintings from a class I took back in the summer of 1998.  I decided to post them.  This is another color exercise. The idea was to create shadows with color and then apply that in making shapes look 3-dimensional. This one was fun and I think it shows. This afternoon, I did a bit of digital cleanup to make this a bit more presentable. I believe I was using watercolor but it might have been acrylic used as watermedia.

Sunday, July 08, 2018

Color Exercise 1, Watermedia


Yesterday I was cleaning up my studio and came across a set of paintings and exercises from a night class I took back in 1998.  I decided to post them.  This is a color wheel type of exercise, taking each color from maximum to minimum saturation.  This kind of exercise is harder than it looks, and kind of tedious. But this kind of exercise pays off.  I think I was using watercolors in this class, but it might have been acrylics, so I am just saying "watermedia".

Saturday, July 07, 2018

Still Life in Black and White (Watermedia)


Now that my studio is suddenly roomier (with 17 paintings moved out for a show at Galatea in Boston), I decided to straighten it up. This morning I came across a set of exercises and paintings that I did for an evening watercolor class that I took back in the summer of 1998.  This is one of the first assignments, a still life in black and white.  I can't remember if I was working with watercolor or with acrylics, so I am just saying "watermedia". Although the class concentrated on color, the first assignment was a still life setup in black and white.

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Four Drawings in Tennessee


I recently received this photo, a picture of four of my drawings, now hanging in their new home in Tennessee.  These are drawn with fine-line Sharpie markers.

Sunday, July 01, 2018

Gray Mountains Pink Sky (Acrylic Watermedia)


I worked on this painting again today and now I am willing to say that it is finished.  On my recent trip to Colorado, I saw some snowy patches above the tree line.  Here I used a photo for reference for the composition, but drew from my imagination for the color.  For a few months, I have been painting my way around the color wheel, so it seemed fitting to end this long project with grayscale.  But I couldn't resist just a little bit of magenta.