Wednesday, February 20, 2013
I snapped a photo of these two in the Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris, my favorite place to be in that city in the late afternoon. The shadows are long and blue and the elegant gardens glisten with the sun's last golden rays. I imagined these people had put in a long day of sightseeing and were resting before they found a charming french cafe for dinner.
Thursday, February 7, 2013
|11x16 oil on canvas|
These are my portraits from a recent workshop I took here in Tampa taught by Kerry Dunn of the Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia. For a week I worked alongside about 15 other artists to refine our portrait painting skills, under the watchful eye of our terrific teacher.
|My fellow students|
Painting from life is a lot different than painting from a photo. First of all it's harder to do the drawing because you're translating three dimensions into two dimensions. With a photo, it's already two dimensional. Secondly, you're dealing with a live human being, who moves a bit, even if you're lucky to get a very experienced model, like we had in Sayla. And you'd be surprised how a tiny bit of movement changes the whole drawing.
But the advantages of working from life outweigh the difficulties, because you can get much better skin color, and you can see the complicated planes, values, and colors of the face in a way that a photo never shows.
|11x16 oil on canvas|
Believe it or not, these two portraits are of the same model. The top was done in about 7 hours of working time--which is broken up into 20-25 minutes painting sessions followed by a 5 minute break. The second, where Sayla wore a blond wig, was a longer pose of 12 hours so I was able to show more details. But if I had more time, I could do a lot more.
It was a fun, exhausting week, and I'm already planning to take it again next year when Kerry comes back!
Friday, February 1, 2013
|"Lunch at Fougéres" 8x8 oil - sold|
Fougéres is a wonderful town in France where we stopped for lunch. It has a large fortified castle surrounded by a moat. After passing through the castle gates, we walked up a steep road that curved around the town, finally ending in a central square where three neighboring restaurants all had tables and umbrellas. We made the right choice of restaurants, because we had an absolutely wonderful lunch of galettes (buckwheat crêpes)–egg, tomato and onion for me; tomatoes and mushrooms for Chris–with salad and crêpes for dessert.
Then we took the back way down again, which has terraced public parks with fabulous views of the surrounding countryside like this one.
|"Fougéres Countryside" 5x7 watercolor|