My drawing "Carra" is in Barcelona for an exhibition. It was purchased by the Art Renewal Center, a wonderful promoter/collection/ exhibitor entity that celebrates realism in the arts. Their purchase of my drawing was a thrill, and I am so honored to have them take my drawing to Barcelona. Wish I could go too!
I took another painting workshop at the Ani Academy a few weeks ago. The title of the workshop was "Diagnostic Painting", and it was a great experience. I am still struggling with painting in oils, although My paintings have improved immensely the last year. The alla prima painting practice at the workshop was eye-opening, and I have gone on to paint a few more still lifes since.
This was my set-up at the Ani Academy. I estimate I spent about 10 hours on it. I was pleasantly surprised at how well it came out.
I have this great blue bottle, but I had to shorten it considerably to fit in my still life box. I think it came out great. This was probably 4 hours.
Here is an ambitious little still life, considering the nasturtiums drooped by the minute, so I had to do a bit of artistic interpretation along the way. This took about 3 hours. The finished product below....
I have admired other artist's painting of lemons, so I gave it a try myself. This was about 4 hours.
My sweet peas are actually a pretty magenta color, but I didn't take the time to mix the color up well, and it just looked bad. So, I turned to some pretty pinks and reds, so I could keep the chroma high.
I think my 2 floral still lifes didn't turn out as well, because I was too far away from the still life, and I didn't have a good light on my easel. Painting in the dark does not work for me.
Here is a variety of drawings from my drawing group. If we can't entice a model, we either draw each other, or bring in some items for a still life drawing. I tend to use mediums that I am not real familiar with...
Here is a handful of portraits from my Thursday night drawing group. We are lucky enough to have some friends who pose for us. I think some of them run when they see us (the draw-ers) coming, but most are good sports.
It has been quite a while since I posted any new artwork. I have been working on some new coin designs for the U.S. Mint, and that takes top priority for me. These 2 drawings were completed under the guidance of the Ani Academy, and they are now at the Oxford Gallery in Rochester, NY. The exhibit is called "Doubles and Doppelgangers".
Now, I am working on some watercolor paintings for a few future shows. Always working!
Here are a few portraits from the last several months. The charcoal drawings were done at the Ani Academy, and is usually a 3 hour pose. The pencil and color pencil drawings were done with my drawing group, which is usually 1.5-2 hours. After 9 years of weekly drawing group, I am getting pretty fast and accurate!