The butterflies just kept appearing! Thanks to our lovely model Ann, tranquility prevailed in this life drawing session. From my view I could see just one paper butterfly within my composition area, but as the drawing progressed a poetry of emotion took flight.
I enjoy drawing from life the most of all disciplines and I strive to accurately depict what I see; gesture, form, line, light dark, shapes. But this session, for the first time since I attended my first life drawing class many years ago, I allowed my imagination to contribute. Spontaneous combustion... I drew butterflies as the flow of the drawing occurred, resulting in a nice composition to boot. It was so enjoyable and for me, another level up.
I was thrilled to be invited to participate in bimonthly live sustained model drawing sessions with a small group of artists. Life drawing is THE best way to learn to draw the human form and my favourite discipline. Pencil, charcoal or chalk, creative costumes, great models who grace us with their presence and patience, and like minded colleagues ... this is where I live. I took awhile to settle down so this drawing was 1.5 hours.
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Edgrr ... what can I say? Just the best name and spelling evrrrr! I have included a breaking down of the steps I followed for this painting. Small or large, my process is usually the same. I prefer alla prima but larger painting just take longer and life happens in-between.
This was an experiment using oil paint on oil paper. The paper is thick, textured and accepts the oil paint beautifully. Ultimately, it can be mounted with an archival adhesive, easy to acquire and easy to use, I loved it! The beautiful peacock is from one of my drawings from "INKTOBER".
These plums are from our own "bear beaten" tree and still, we harvested 100 pounds of beauty Italian prune plums. This painting and 4 others, are in Gallery Odin's upcoming Winter Show. I have paintings in three gallery shows coming up this month:
Gallery Odin, Silver Star; Winter Show opens tomorrow, Thursday November 21-6 to 10pm
Gallery 421 in Kelowna; Christmas Show and Sale opens Friday November 30th - 5 to 8:30pm
Webster Gallery in Calgary; Small Paintings Show opens November 30th to December 15th
This painting was inspired by a friends beauty photos from a recent trip to Hawaii. I was intrigued by the variety of reflections, and how the ripples effected the reflections especially around the orange koi's tail. It took some slow interpreting of colours to create the illusion. This painting looks striking at a distance, then as you get closer, different surface reflections and bubbles are revealed.
I was invited to participate in a "Drawing a Day" challenge by some ambitious artists. Brush Bouquet is the 10th. The others are posted on Facebook. I'm currently very busy with "the business of art" so these drawings are a fun break for an hour a day plus, many of these drawings are, or will be, part of my painting process.
Brush Bouquet, 18x24" still life, charcoal and chalk on brown paper. Handmade ceramic vessel by Elsie Morley. I have wanted to paint this for a long time so now I have another good layout for a painting. See all drawings to date under Paintings > INKTOBER