I had fairly mixed results during this trip. My attempts at plein aire was disastrous. I am embarrassed to post them, but I thought I should so here goes.
Grrrrr. So I foolishly wiped that one away as well. I liked it so I should have left it alone. Although another friend did say to me, “you know, usually people are afraid to put that much color in their clouds.”
It was about a quarter mile away. The phrase ‘quarter mile away’ and ‘fairly complicated; should indicate how bad the final result was.
I was aiming for lonely and hopper-esque. I wound up with something that looked like a 7 year old painted it with a Q-tip swab (saying this is probably denigrating 7 year olds).
My friend Pat looked at the photo of my painting and liked it (it was a house on the water in Scituate, MA). When she saw the painting in person, she looked at me and said, “it photographs better.” I had to agree. I ‘accidently’ left it in Boston so they could euthanize it but the host brought it back to me this evening. I have a feeling it will be a boat anchor/albatross around my neck.
On the bright side I did paint some things I liked. I covered the actual workshop in a separate post but wanted to also show what I’d done so please forgive the abbreviated format here.
This is the drawing I made on the first day. I sort of like it. I seemed to have a difficult time getting into the groove for some reason and only really hit my ‘groove’ the last 30 minutes of the day.
I have to confess that I cropped the bits and pieces I didn’t like out of the picture. I redrew the model’s legs and lower abdomen numerous times but honestly I don’t think I got it right.
On the second day I made several warm up pencil sketches during Rob’s demo. Once the demo was over, Rob had us create two 20-minute sketches of Emmanuel. We were supposed to spend 10 minutes painting only the darks and a second 10 on just the lights.
I love how the first one (on the left) came out. The lighting from where I stood was very dramatic on his back and only hit his upper back and a small portion of his legs. These were painted on 5×7″ gessoboards.
The model was facing me for the second second study. I seemed to have a much harder time with this, probably because I didn’t paint the darks and then the lights I got caught up in the details which wasn’t the point of the exercise.
Here is a close up of the model’s back. The faint stick image on the right is a correction made by Rob.
The palette for this painting was titanium white, burnt umber, burnt sienna, and cadnium orange (light).
I made his buttocks stick a tad further out than it was, I think that’s because I tend to emphasis the area I am working on. I would have corrected it but the modeling was correct and the emphasis/exaggeration didn’t hurt the composition (much). Mainly I liked where the painting was going and I didn’t want to mess it up by mucking with it too much.
On the third day I made another sketch during the demo. I couldn’t help myself; the model’s pose was so beautiful I had to sketch it in the hopes of painting it at a later date.
I sent this picture to my sister so she would have a better idea of the type of drawing I have been doing. This drawing was done on the last day of the workshop, the model had a wonderful build and chose this difficult post (slightly arched back with weight on her left hand).
The last picture is the painting of the model seated. I ran into the same problems with her breasts and upper torso that I had on the previous days work.
I had her learning way too far forward. Rob stopped by and helped me correct the Sadly at that point I had about 35 minutes left in the day so I did what I could but frankly I don’t think it was enough. Rob did like her legs, I went in with strong (I thought too strong) shadows and then modeled the shadows and some of the skin tones. Then I went to work on her upper body-twice. Sigh.
If her lower legs seem odd, its because they were foreshorten in her pose. She was perched on a stool and her feet were on the two rungs of the stool.
Hope you liked seeing these. I had made a place holder posting so this looks significantly different than the first one.