Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Before we left on the trip I did more work on my drawings. The Jolly Drummer got another dancer. I did a search on the internet for a similar Han Dynasty terracotta figure, adjusted the shadows and put it in. Doing a test run on the computer helped with deciding scale and placement of the addition.
I put The Two Roman Heads on the wall and noticed it needed more work on the background to expand it and the back head's pedestal perspective wasn't correct. That will have to be corrected this month.
On this recent trip we stopped at West La Fayette, IN to visit one of my neices. She is a physics grad student at Purdue and recently adopted a Shiba Inu dog (a Japanese breed). I took photos and just worked up a small (8 x 10 inches) drawing in Derwent Drawing pencils on steel gray Canson Mi-teintes paper.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
The Derwent Drawing pencils are thick leaded colored pencils in a range of earth tones. They are very soft and pleasant to use. I drew the horse freehand again but with better placement. I just need to practice without the grid. The drawing pencils were finished with a Prismacolor colorless blender. I will be planning some drawings that will use this limited range of earth tones.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Currently I am reading Diary of an Art Dealer by Rene Gimpel. It is a fascinating look at the arts scene in the early 20th century.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
My next project is based on a photograph from a couple of summers ago. We like to take drives around the Coulee Region and take pictures. This abandoned homestead with its deteriating house and barn was an invitation to stop and take lots of photos. I have always been interested in abandoned buildings, even as a kid. These days I am too heavy and disabled to go inside to explore, so I take lots of photographs through windows.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Normally I don't do drawings from my trips, the Midwest is inspiration enough for me at this time. However, I decided to take one of the photos taken from the car while driving through eastern Montana and do some digital work on it. Here it is after combining parts of three different photos, switching the church around and adjusting color and contrast.
To see larger images, click on the image. Please tell me what versions you like!
Monday, April 6, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
For a change of pace in media this drawing, tentatively called "Tree Snow Shadows" (10.5" x 16") is done in hard pastel on warm white laid charcoal paper. Laid is a ribbed texture that originated from the earliest handmade papers made on a screen of fine reeds. Most modern papers are made with wire screens but charcoal papers are still traditionally laid textured."The Right of Way" (colored pencil on gray paper, 9" x 12") is actually an indeterminate seasonal picture. The original photo was taken on a very cloudy, gray day. The drawing shown here actually has more color and contrast than the originating photograph. This is more of a comment about trees having to make way for power and telephone poles. As a photographer, I found the intrusion of poles and lines into a landscape annoying. Fortunately more lines are being buried all the time and clearing the skyline (just in time for giant wind generators to take over!) Seems like everytime we drive over to my parents near Austin, MN, there are more wind generators.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
"Late Winter", watercolor and colored pencil.