We finished a 5-day life figure pose last week. I was glad to get both light and shadow sides as I was working on bringing those colors out and showing the bright light coming down on the model from above.
We just finished a 5-day pose in Life Figure class. The pose was a challenge for the model to hold as it was not the most comfortable. I really like how it turned out though so I'm happy she stuck with it! Finally getting to paint at the Academy has been so much fun, I'm spending a lot more time on paintings and it's really fun to see how far you can take it.
Just finished a 9-day pose for life figure class. It was my first class with paint at the Academy, so exciting! I really enjoyed it, trying to get the exact flesh tones and the subtle temperature differences.
We're back at the Academy for another year of life figure, portrait and FINALLY painting for me! :) It's been great to be back and busy as always. I've been working on a few other things that will be done soon but here's our first life figure class of the year, my last figure in charcoal. I like working on the grey paper and adding the white highlights.
We did some plein air painting today in a small town close to here, Wrighstown. They have a cute downtown and a river which makes is the perfect place! It was threatening to rain all morning but thank goodness, we didn't get rained out. I do love painting outside on location, I wish I would do it more often!
We just finished a two-day life figure session at the Academy. I enjoyed playing around with oil paint for a figure study. School at the Academy will be starting back in just a few weeks and I'm excited to get back at it! I hope everyone is having a great end of summer!
Madison is 12 and sat for us last night, she did a great job sitting still as that is not an easy task! I didn't have much time to work on the background and from the neck down so I may go back and work on that some more. I'm really enjoying the Monday night portrait sessions, the 3 hours fly by!
We had life figure at the Academy today. It was a two day but I could only make it for one. I really enjoyed pulling all kinds of flesh tone colors out and probably would have worked on those more if I had worked on it for a second day.
We have a model on Monday nights at the Academy, it's not a class, everyone just shows up and works in whichever medium they want. We have this lovely model for 2 weeks so I'm looking forward to putting the finishing touches next week!
I started this painting a few weeks ago and finally finished it today. Now that school is done for the summer (the Academy of Fine Art) and that I'm home during the day, I'm hoping to get back to painting more!
Well this is it for the summer! The Academy is done for the year. We'll be meeting a few times for life figure and plein air but no instruction until September! It's been a great year, I have learned so much but a break for the summer will be nice too and maybe I can get back to painting!
Thanks everyone for your kind words about my cat, it meant a lot to me.
Art Garage Exhibition - my 2 pieces are Christina and the Chateau des Alpilles
I hope everyone is doing well! I've been away from the blogging world for a few weeks now... Unfortunately my 17 year old cat which we loved so much passed away a few weeks ago and I haven't been in the painting mood.
I've been busy at the Academy as you can see and only have one more week before the summer break. I'll use this summer to get back to some of my "daily" painting.
Happy Spring everyone, I'm looking forward to catching up with everyone!
I made some changes to the background as I thought it was way too dark before. I also made minor changes in the face.
Below are some pictures of my studio. I put a table and chair in the corner and I really like the addition! My space is in the basement and I love the fact that I have that room all to myself! The only part that I struggle with sometimes is that when it is sunny, I have a hard time with the glare on my canvas.
I would love to know where you paint and what you would do to make it better?
My mom came to visit for a week and agreed to pose for me to practice painting a portrait from life. We had a great time, did a lot of talking (except when I was working on her mouth!), took breaks for tea and ended up with a pretty nice portrait at the end and she thinks it looks like her! A success!
This took about 4 days of about 2 hours of sitting each day. I then worked more on the background today once she was gone.
Charcoal on Canson Mi-teintes paper - Approximate size 20x16
This has been a long process! I started this cast drawing at the Academy in mid October and it has finally been approved! I will be moving on to grey paper in life figure classes and painting soon after.... a long process but so worth it!
Below are some other works from the Academy in the past few weeks:
My sister asked me to paint a version of the Peaceful River painting I did a few months ago. I made it slightly different than the first one to make it unique, I enjoyed painting it again! It's amazing how you still notice new things even after having painted it a few times!