Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Linda Our Instuctor

"A good artist has less time than ideas."
~ Martin Kippenberger

Linda was our trainer on the second day of the training. I actually like the two figures in this picture. Both have a good feel to them.


"Every good artist paints what he is."
~ Jackson Pollock

Another watercolor from a meeting on Monday, April 4th. I like the feeling of this one. I get a really stark cold feeling that is kind of neat.

Mike at a Training Meeting

"A human being is not, in any proper sense, a human being till he is educated." ~ Horace Mann

More time spent in training for work. At least I'm able to get some drawing time in. This is Mike. I have substituted for him a few times for his case out in Ewa Beach. We were both at this meeting for the same reason: 40 CEU (Continuing Education ???) Basically, we have to do 40 hours of additional training per year. It's not hard, just a hurdle. I am told this requirement may be lowered for the next year. Just as I plan to leave. I really like how Mike's shirt came out in this painting. It actually looks very dynamic.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Man Discretely Checking his Cell Phone

"Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions."
Pablo Picasso

So I spent this weekend in a training meeting for work. As normal, I take the opportunity to get some good drawing time in. So here we have a fellow co-worker getting in some serious cell phone time. He was trying to be discrete by using his body and the table as a wall, but he obviously was on it for sometime as I was able to complete a candid drawing of him.

There are a lot of good details in this painting. I love how the t-shirt came out. I have been trying to be more careful with the watercolor pencil recently. When I return to an unfinished piece, the burnt sierra just takes over the drawing sometimes. I may have to switch to a lighter color for the initial sketches. Possibly a yellow ocher, as it will make for a hearty initial sketch and allow for more expression in the watercolor.

Danielle Listening to Her Playlist

"Music heard so deeply that it isn't heard at all, but you are the music while the music lasts." ~ T.S. Eliot

So in a grand romantic gesture, Danielle and I decided to make a mixed playlist for one another. I recommended this after seeing her collection of mixed CD's in her car. We both have similar music taste, so it seemed like a fun activity.

While she was listening to my playlist I did a quick sketch of her. I think this watercolor came out very nice. I went back to more classic techniques blocking in everything with a pencil instead of a watercolor pencil. In most every watercolor I've posted here, I started them with a Burnt Sienna watercolor pencil to block in everything. It leads to a rich color in the finished painting but sometimes it becomes a little dominate. I really am going to try and be more sparing in my initial drawings.