Sunday, February 21, 2016

In The Studio: Portraits, Portraits, Portraits


Dressed to The Gills, graphite, 6 x 8" (30MDD)




Such A Funny Guy, graphite, 6 x 8" (30MDD)




The Tote Bag Hawker, graphite, 6 x 8". (30MDD)




My Hair!, graphite, 8 x 6". A  free hand contour study. (30MDD)




MY HAIR!, graphite, graphite, 8 x 6". A free hand Gestural study. (30MDD)




AND  Guitar Maestro, Mr. Morris Last, got some paint.  With the contour phase of the Venetian method completed, on with the grisaille phase slow and steady, BUT I feel a bit of the gestural urge creeping into my arm.  You can see dry brush scumbles in the folds of the shirt. Might be going more towards Ruby than Linda?








Ruby


Linda


12 comments:

  1. Fabulous work, Linda, I am thrilled also that you got to carry on! Love Ruby! While I admire the Venetian technique, it lacks soul, takes away the very thing that made you paint, it's expression, its life.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think the two methods can be used together. Ruby was laid out with a grid, but then I went directly to stacking out the darks and the lights using color. I just skipped the grisaille phase. When using a client's reference photo, the grid insures accuracy of composition. The grisaille insures accuracy of values. How the color is applied is the art the artist brings to it.

      Delete
  2. I think the completed drawing of MY HAIR is darn brilliant!
    Don't know how the same artist can do both that and the Venetian crawl, but I recognize it is what you wanted after what you have been through. Good luck, Lynda. You can do anything you turn your hand to, very well.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Julie. The contour of that woman is a different drawing than the gestural. Both were done free hand. There's an artist I am following on FB who is superb at free hand contour. His work and my own contour drawing of Morris done with a grid moved me to see what I could do with contour. I was pretty pleased; my accuracy told me my eye was pretty good. Now to par the details down ever more. Then I had to do the woman as I would have normally. I like the look of her trying to control her hair.

      As a student contour drawing wAs far from my favorite drawing method.. It was much more difficult than the add and subtract method used with Charcoal.

      Delete
  3. I love the expression on "such a funny guy"....these are all excellent drawings Linda. The guitar man is amazing...hope he's finished!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. More scumbling I'm afraid. Then comE's phase 3: color. I'm going through the whole process.

      Delete
  4. As for facebook is so fast, to see art works presented on blogger is always very charming. I love visit my friends on blog, even if I saw they works on Facebook. It 'a bit like walking into a gallery, or visit an artist studio. Your works of drawing and painting always well done.
    You can make well all you want.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm just glad to be back drawing regularly. Showing the same works on both on FB and Blogger is how it has to be with art, especially for those of us who paint slowly. One is world-wide magazine. Blogger. It seems, is artists encouraging and artists following artists.

      Delete
  5. I also saw them individually on facebook, but here, as Rita says, to see them in a gallery is great!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Face Book is more for show and public relations than art talk. Blogger is yes, more gallery, more art talk on subjects of interest to artists? I find FB to be like magazine--art, jokes, quizzes, politics, whatever people are involved at the moment. It is another opportunity for exposure with a broader audience.

      Delete
  6. Looking through your blog makes me want to get back to figurative work and portraiture. You are one very talented lady, Linda.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much Susan. Your compliment means a lot; I am in awe of your work. I do regret having put this on a back burner years ago. Taking art up late in life and loving it, my mother in-law's warning to never save the best for last comes to mind frequently.

      Delete