Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Starting to Paint like Myself
Here I am, looking cranky, working on a plein air painting last Sunday. I'm not irritated at all--just concentrating. The morning was perfect for watermedia, being cool and cloudy with high humidity. And it was a gorgeous setting. The photos and painting above are by Mike Kloepfer, who joined me for an early excursion.

Since doing more plein air work (with the DIS Plein Air Club) my skill--and confidence--has grown. Both are huge, as both were needed.
 The thing that excites me the most? I'm beginning to paint, finally, like me. Prior to hitting the plein air thing seriously, my style (kind of hate that term) was not visible in the studies. I'd get out there and work like a dog at painting what I saw, and the works were all over the board. This new emergence feels much better. This is the second time I've used gouache.
 Here is the first--that paint is magical and a blast to use!

On Sunday, we chose to paint the same bridge, and Mike's piece was definitely more accurate. The atmosphere that morning was all misty and cool greys. I'd pre-grounded my watercolor paper with a warm golden brown, so my study looks like a sunny day. A mistake, but I still like the piece.
Here's Mike's--he nailed it!
See more of Mike's amazing work here: Mike Kloepfer's Art 
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Monday, May 2, 2016

I Like Blobs: Part 2
The best thing about drawing blobs: The evolution on the page is always a surprise. Most of the time--when I'm sketching at least--I don't know what is going to unfold onto the paper, but that's always the case with blobs.
Most always, I start with gestures.

And lately, Colerase pencil has been the rule for gesture-drawing.
My brother found this toad, and I know its blobbiness been a subconscious inspiration lately...
...for sketches like this.

A blob that morphed into a Norman-ish knight...
...and one blob-sketch I kept messing with--probably to a fault.
Not sure what the next post will be--maybe more blobs. At any rate,

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