Focus On Color, detail

Focus On Color

For today’s session, I wanted to focus on color. In the previous session I blocked in the figure with colors that were too muddy and close to gray so I wanted to fix that.

Too Much Gray, detail

Too Much Gray

The addition of oil paint to this figure is going well at least for the value, but right after finishing this session I realized that I had painted the colors with entirely too much gray.

Figure Starts #4, detail

Figure Starts #4

This figure start went much smoother because I started the drawing in pencil before beginning painting. I may have to continue with this method.

Figure Starts #3, detail

Figure Starts #3

For my third figure start I didn’t want to make the figure too small so I ended up cropping half of the model off the page. With this session I find that I still struggle the most with setting up the initial drawing.

Figure Start, detail

Figure Starts

I’ve said many times before that the first few minutes of a painting is the most important. To practice this exact concept I’m going to be working on a few figure starts the next week.

Portrait: Redraw

Portrait: Redraw

I couldn’t just let the errors stand out on this painting so I had to redraw it. I went over the entire painting with a new drawing in gray.

Portrait Attempt

Portrait Attempt

I thought I would try something a little different today, a portrait. But, it seems that I’m super rusty with portraits as I haven’t focused on them in forever.

Live Model Struggle

Live Model Struggle

I’m not really sure what is going on but I’m really struggling to paint the live model well. Before my next session, I’m going to have to give it some thought and make a change.

Open Studio Oil Sketch

Open Studio Oil Sketch

Today’s open studio figure sketch didn’t go as well as last weeks and I think it has to do with my focus. I’ve noticed that many times that focus is key for me.

Male Figure Painting: Session 7, With Gouache Study

Male Figure Painting: Session 7, With Gouache Study

Yesterday I determined that I was getting much too detailed with this painting and I wasn’t focusing on the simple shapes. So, the best way to force me to simplify was to do a Gouache study of the painting before continuing work on the oil painting.

Male Figure Painting: Session 6, Struggle Continues

Male Figure Painting: Session 6, Struggle Continues

I’m continuing with the preliminary charcoal drawing of this figure before I start back into the oil painting again today. The idea is to construct the top left of the torso in charcoal then take that knowledge gained over to the oil painting.

Life Drawing Oil Sketch

Life Drawing Oil Sketch

I actually brought my oil paints to the life drawing session today. I was nervous at first but as soon as I saw the model’s pose from my seat I was confident that I could turn out a good oil sketch.

Life Drawing Saturday

Life Drawing Saturday

Life drawing at Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio is great. I really enjoy how laid back this group is and we all have a good time drawing and catching up with fellow artists.

New Day, New Figure Painting

New Day, New Figure Painting

I’m not sure if I will return to my previous figure painting. I was attempting something different and I really wasn’t excited about the look of it. Today I started a new painting of a female figure in a style similar to my previous figure paintings on gray.

Flight Home Drawing

Flight Home Drawing

With the long flight home, I didn’t find anything around me interesting to draw, luckily there is always a magazine at hand when flying.

Drawing curtains

Drawing Curtains

Now I’m really running out of things to draw at the Chilhowee Inn. I’m also getting lazy so, I’m sitting in the bed drawing curtains.