Saturday, July 22, 2017

On The Coffee Table






Along with Frank Auerbach's Expressionism, GeorgeBush's Portrairs of Courage and the current Bulletin from Detroit's Institute of Art is a hardcover book of LWRoth's Sketches, 118 sketches done between 2007 and 2017.  I put together the book of my daily sketches as gifts for my kids.  And the Bookemon Press did a wonderful job reproducing my efforts.  They used quality paper;  the colored reproductions are true; the hard cover is laminated and the binding seems strong. I was very pleased I stumbled into this app in my Facebook Time Line, investigated and downloaded.

Got A Minute? Sketch  has 100 plus pages and is 8" x 11 1/2".  It took about three weeks for me to select the sketches, devise an order and layout the pages using the grid and margin tools.  There was some writing to do--a bio, a dedication and a preface based on my beliefs with regards to regular sketching.   If you have ever used Microsoft's Publisher, the learning curve is short.  I'd do this again--only I'd keep it short and sweet.  A printed, soft cover, smaller portfolio of an artist's work would be a great sales tool to have in your bag as you meet potential clients. A book implies importance, more so than a brochure.  It's a solid presentation.





Jump will be my next painting.  I can see the slightly smaller than real life figure on a large canvas with deep blue skies behind him.  But I am still working on Waiting At The Gate. The value of the flesh tones is my focus.  The going is snails pace, but it's summer and the garden calls.  Sketching every morning is a give in my day--mostly with a G314, but every now and then with leftover oils from the Waiting palette.  


The Water's Freezing!














OJ Simpson At His Parol Hearing 2017















The Imagination of An Eight Year Old










Drying Flowers, oil









The back cover of Got A Minute? Sketch

























Wednesday, July 12, 2017


The Cover (so far) of the book I'm compiling of my sketches/drawings done between 2009 and 2017


My sketch pads have sketch pads.  The height of the filled sketchpad pile amazed me a couple of weeks ago when I went to add another and get a new one for my daily sketch sessions.  I thought, "Something should be done".

While I have been an inconsistent painter, I have been a prolific sketcher.  Black and white has always been more comfortable. The simplicity of pencils, drawing pad and a knead eraser is appreciated.   A sculptor by training and a builder by trade, color was always a secondary consideration, an embellishment of a sound foundation. Strong drawing skills are the foundation of fine art paintings.  In the iPad Store I found a book publishing app, BookPress.  I downloaded it and began going about organizing the format.

Got A Minute? Sketch is the title of the sketching group I started on Facebook.  Membership is by invite only.  I closed the group because I wanted only artists who knew what a sketch was and didn't confuse it with full fledged, pretty illustrations housed in book form.  A sketch is a working tool.  It is a first impression of a subject.  It is the means for discovering what was so exciting about that subject to want to draw it.  It is a tool of discovery, not only of the relationships between lines, points and planes, but of possible meaning.  Sketching is a way of thinking.  I've been thinking in sketches since I started blogging in 2009.  I've been sketching all my life.

One of my problems is I think too much.  It shows in my sketches.  Many of them come very close to the line between a sketch and a drawing.  The only thing that keeps them sketches is their lack of finish--perhaps because finish is unobtainable in an art piece.  "Finish" is finished, past tense, lifeless, static.  Everything is nailed down with no room to breathe. The beauty in sketches is they are open to possibilities.  




Friday, June 23, 2017

Keeping A Steady Beat

 



My ladies Waiting At The Gate are taking shape--rounding out and putting on weight.  It's slow going, but delightful to be painting regularly.  I'm sketching daily too--and putting together a book of my sketches.  I firmly believe that drawing daily is essential for achieving excellence at our craft  and want to pass that on to other artists painting late in life.  


 
Sudoku Morning, graphite pencils 6" x 8"





 
Kelly, graphite pencils, 6" x 8"






 
Hillpoint Wood, oil pastels,  9" x 11", Plein Air 







 
Hand study for next project.






 
Eli,  charcoal, pastels, 9" x 11"






 
Another look at Eli,  graphite pencils, 6" x 8"






 
Jon, graphite pencils, 6" x 8"