Saturday, October 13, 2012
Friday, October 12, 2012
Drawing class for this week, I am happy with the drawings from this class.
Above is the most successful of the night in my opinion.It is a pair of great gestures and a portrait on top.. I was in a portrait mood that night.
This was the last drawing of the night. It is two gestures with a 20 minute sketch on top. I really dig the two gestures in the background.
This was three gestures and two five minute drawings.
This is two gestures and then a 10-minute drawing on top with a portrait on top. I was actually worried with this drawing. It was the first pose of the night and she took a reclining pose. This is worrisome because aside from being difficult, reclining poses are normally the last pose of the night because its easiest on the model. If the model needs to recline in the first pose it unlikely they will do any other kinds of poses. One of the people in the class actually left when she took a reclining pose. I was in a portrait mood that night.
This life drawing class is on Monday at 7PM. It is located at the The Honolulu Museum of Art School, formerly the Academy Art Center at Linekona. There is a 10 dollar class fee.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
I had so much fun working on the Little Mountain Book, I began another watercolor book. This book is bigger then the small 5"x 3" book I did that group on. This new book is 8" x 5.5".
Starting on this new book I am struck with a few things: one how much longer these larger watercolors are taking me to complete and two how many more pages are in this book then the last one (43 as opposed to 26).
Mainly because of that second point I think these watercolors are going to take me the better part of the year . So I do not have that much of a problem calling this book 2012 Koolau.
I have also taken to writing one the back of them so I have things to write here. All three of these paintings were done at Kailua High School.
Above was done 10/03/12 at 9 AM
The next two are from 10/09/12. The Vog was really bad the day before, covering the mountains with a haze. When I drove to work on the 9th it look like it had cleared a bit over the night. The landscape was really clear, no clouds or mist.
I took some time around lunch to do this watercolor. There was a slight hint of a Vog in the sky.
This is what the same mountains looked like a when I got to my car at 5. The vog was catching all the light of the afternoon. It completely obscured the ridges of the Koolau mountains. The haze shimmered in the afternoon giving the mountains a glow to them.
"Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing?
Can one really explain this? No."
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
So the next four sketches are from the Bargello, one of Florence's oldest public buildings. Above is Michelangelo's Bacchus. There is some awkwardness with the torso, but I really like how I rendered the hand.
I spent an afternoon there and was struck by a number of things. One all of the sculpture's penises have been broken off, which was apparently at the request of the owner.
Second was this statue below, Florence's Victory over Pisa. I had never seen it in an Art History class but really liked this statue.
I did one drawing and wanted to do a wider view of the statue. So I did the next one.
The next one is the statue from behind.
So the next section of this book is from my week in Rome.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
I am very happy with this monotype print and need to work on some others similar to it. It has a number of things I really enjoy about this process.
There is the overall crispness of the print. I then used some water on the plate to create the watery effect on the lower part of the print. I then worked with color pencil on the upper corner. There is a neat push-pull with all the things going on in the print. I enjoy this print a lot and will have to do a few more of them.
Monday, October 8, 2012
I am actually very happy with this watercolor. There is a nice glow from the window in the background and the figures look very strong. I also dig how I rendered the ladies outfits.