Friday Night Class

Grasaille Demo, Robert Liberace

Grasaille Demo, Robert Liberace

Fibre Space, a local yarn store that I love has been selected as the flagship store for designer Jared Flood’s newest endeavor, Shelter.  Shelter is a beautiful yarn that is processed and spun in the states and it’s simply yummy.  I stopped by there yesterday after work to see the loveliness.   I left there with five  skeins of the red (long Johns) and a lovely pattern for a shawl called Terra.

Afterward, I headed to class with Robert Liberace.  I’ve decided that for the next 4 weeks I’d work on silverpoint drawing instead of painting (its a logistical problem).

Once I arrived I found out that the model hadn’t shown in one of the classrooms.  So I told Rob I’d love to model for his demo.  Yes I am evil, but I adore his work and its fun, and modeling gives you a very tiny sense of what a professional model has to endure for his/her job.

So this is the study Rob did.  It’s an initial grasaille, with sienna, black and white used.  He toned his canvas with the sienna and once dray started painting using a #6 brush and black.  I couldn’t see what he was doing, but he said that he was using the black in the manner of Howard Pyle (early 20th century artist and illustrator), like he was drawing with it. and he used it for the shadows.

Rob then went back in with a mid-tone mixed with the white and black to model all the mid-tones and soften the transition between shadows and mid-tones.

Once done to his satisfaction he added more white and captured the light and then used an even brighter light tone for the highlights.  He created this painting in two sessions a total of about 40-50 minutes.

Isn’t it beautiful?

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6 responses to “Friday Night Class

  1. yes, beautiful demo. it was amazing watching it come to life. our teacher a true master….and a great guy. cu friday. i still don’t know about the knitting thing….you aren’t a “shawl” kinda gal IMHO….although the sweater you’re making is beautiful….

  2. thank you for sharing. great portrait.

  3. Thank you Magda.

    Terry, I just finished my first sweater! And trust me, when I knit a shawl I will rock it! Don’t make me knit you a cowl!

  4. did you buy it? Its awesome.. tell him I said he even made you look not so much like the eviler twin (for once)

  5. Yes I bought it. :).
    How could I not?

  6. Wow! That is absurdly beautiful!

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