29 May

Figure Friday

I was starting to feel a little twitchy because I hadn’t been to a life drawing session in a few weeks. It really is restorative “me” time. I never realize just how much so until I don’t go for a while.

Figure drawing 5.28a

 

 

Since it had been a while, I got out the larger paper and tools today. Big, loose, gestural stuff to get back in the groove. I can’t say the drawings are fantastic, but they felt good and that’s all that matters.

Figure drawing 5.28b

 

I had been thinking about erasing old drawings that aren’t that good and re-using the paper. I figured that could work for the oil pastels too — why not? For the long pose I drew over two previous pastels and then filled it in with more oil pastel. It was hard to stay on track with what was old and what was new, but I’m kind of digging it. I’ll be trying this again.Figure drawing 5.28

08 May

Figure Friday

Caryatids

 

Robert, who hosts our weekly figure drawing sessions in his studio, thought we were drawing caryatids this week. As far as I’m concerned, these are more Femmes and they are carrying moving boxes. Thanks also to fellow draw-er Michael who gave me the Oregon map to draw on!

01 May

Figure Friday

Untitled

Our new favorite male model. Maybe we can convince him to use The Cube next time…

Untitled

I don’t know if I’ve written about it here or not, but one of the things I really enjoy about typical figure drawing sessions is the variety of models we get to draw. Every size, shape, gender and age presents it’s own challenges and excitement. One week it’s angles and litheness, the next it’s all round curves, and then it’s monumental weight, or coiled up potential energy. I feel different approaching each personality, whether it shows in the drawings or not. Often it even affects which drawing tools I use. I definitely didn’t do this particular model justice this week, but trying is part of the reason I go week after week. My friend Terry has found me a figure drawing group in Portland for after our move. I am looking forward to a whole new range of characters to discover!

20 Apr

Stitchy Ladies

This series needs a better name. They started out as Sassy Housewives, but also have been called Kitchen Superheroes and there’s Jilted Lovers too. I guess Sassy Housewives still fits, but it sounds a little like an adult video title. Anyway, I have completed six ladies and now I need to take a pause until I create more inspirational drawings. I could pay a model to pose for me, but I’m not ready to add that to my list of art “investments” yet. I’ve yet to get out from under all the framing I did for the run of figure drawing exhibits, and I’m investing in long arm quilting as professional development for my Modern Military Quilts project (I need to get back to this, but it won’t really happen until we move). I also need to get off my butt and update my website so that these ladies, along with lots of other (not so) new work can have their own gallery.

In the mean time, here are my six new studio friends:

Jilted Lover 1 web

Jilted Lover 1,  16″ x 20″  $350

 

Jilted Lover 2 web

Jilted Lover 2, 14″ x 18″  SOLD

 

Kitchen Superhero 1 web

Kitchen Superhero 1, 11″ x 14″  $300

 

Kitchen Superhero 2 web_Bubbles

Kitchen Superhero 2 (Bubbles), 12″ x 16″  $325

 

 

Clean Sweep web

Clean Sweep, 20″ x 20″  $350

 

Nice Jug web

Nice Jug, 11″ x 14″  $300

 

20 Mar

Figure Friday

Figure Drawing 3.15

I decided to draw our tall thin model on tall thin paper last Thursday. It was great for the standing poses and the right amount of challenging for the seated ones. I finally captured her face in the far right drawing but had to completely start over on the body so as not to drag down my small success. It’s definitely unfinished, but I like it. The Drawing Session was bittersweet. It looks like this model, who has brought so much great energy to my efforts of late, is moving to greener pastures. I wish her well — even though a part of me hopes she comes back so I can draw more kitchen superheroes!