Sunday, April 30, 2006

Arm and Leg Raised
graphite, ink, and charcoal
9.5" x 7.6" (24.1 cm x 19.4 cm)

The wall behind the model was covered with a sheet, and the model's arm or hand was resting on a thermostat beneath the sheet, which is why the arm seems relaxed. This may also be the reason that the arm is drawn a little oddly. It may have been deformed by the thermostat beneath the sheet.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Man Pushing
graphite and charcoal
9.5" x 9.7" (24.1 cm x 24.7 cm)

For this pose the model was actually pushing on a pole braced against a wall. This is not apparent in the drawing except in the strange shadow to the model's left.

Friday, April 28, 2006

graphite, ink, and oil pastel
8.625" x 11.75" (21.9 cm x 29.8 cm)

It would have been interesting to see where this drawing would have gone, given more time. It would have had more colour and more contrast, although, in the end, it might not have been any better a drawing.

This pose reminded the artists present of Manet's Olympia, a painting whose disregard of convention caused a sensation in the Paris Salon of 1865. Rather than draw directly in front of the model as Manet, I chose, for no good reason, to draw from the side.

For comparison, Manet'sOlympia is posted below.
51" x 73.75" (129.5 cm x 187.3 cm)

Edouard Manet. Painted 1863. The Louvre, Paris

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

graphite,ink, and oil pastel
9.7" x 7.2" (24.6 cm x 18.3 cm)

This portrait was done with an inexpensive set of oil pastels. It is always a struggle with cheap pastels to keep things under control. They keep wanting to shock you with intense colour and contrast. The best approach might be not to fight them, but take what they have to give.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

House in Shadow
ink, charcoal, and pastel
6" x 9" (15.2 cm x 22.9 cm)

For anyone who is curious about trees, that is an apple tree in the foreground.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Tony Against a Wall
ink and charcoal
8.5" x 11.75" (21.3 cm x 29.9 cm)

Saturday, April 22, 2006

French Roof
ink, pastel, and charcoal
6" x 7.5" (15.5 cm x 19.3 cm)

Coloured last night, this is an older drawing done somewhere in France, probably Cluny. The odd branches overhanging the top of the wall give the scene an exotic look. Who knows? It may be that there are exotic trees planted in Cluny just to attract naive, unsuspecting artists.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

graphite, ink, and pastel
9" x 6" (22.7 cm x 15.1 cm)

Although this rather slight drawing was coloured this morning, it was begun last October, on a bright, sunny day in Arles, France, place de l'hôtel de ville. The square was a lovely, calm place, removed from the bustle of the town.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Leaning Over
ink and gouache
11" x 15" (28 cm x 38 cm)

The model was less than impressed with this pose. By the time it was over her neck and shoulders were pretty stiff, not too mention that the toes of the foot bearing her weight had all fallen asleep.
graphite, ink, and gouache
8.3" x 11.4" (21.1 cm x 29 cm)

Although it does not necessarily show in this drawing, the model is very pregnant as of this posting. She was kind enough to sit without complaint for a portrait last week.
Those are two bunnies on her overalls. Two for twins?

Monday, April 17, 2006

Mountain No. 2
graphite and pastel
5.875" x 7" (14.8 cm x 18 cm)

Another drawing done while hiking in Banff National Park. It was done during the same lunch break as the previous drawing. It was a cool September day, good for hiking, but a little cool on the hands when drawing.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Mountain, Banff National Park
graphite and pastel
5.75" x 8.25" (14.7 cm x 21 cm)

This is an older drawing, done a couple of years ago while hiking in the Skoki area of Banff National Park in Alberta. A very quick drawing, but one I like nevertheless.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

ink and graphite
8.25" x 5.875" (21 cm x 15 cm)

The model for this drawing is an artist, who is putting modelling on hold to pursue her artistic career. She enjoys modelling with props of some sort - in this case, a book.

Friday, April 14, 2006

6" x 6" (15 cm x 15 cm)

This is our backyard. Apple tree, and a bit of the garden, garage, and pad for the car. The painting is quite stylized. It reminds me of the work of some artists from the 1920's and 30's, with simplified shapes, like trees with only the major limbs.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Easter Flowers
6" x 6" (15 cm x 15 cm)

These flowers do not look much like the actual flowers, except for the colour. Perhaps it is better this way. These flowers could be any of several different types of yellow flowers. Take your pick, and call them what you will.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Storm Sky
3.5" x 4.625" (8.8 cm x 11.9 cm)

This was a very quick painting, which started out as a simple cloud study. It has a certain vigour and immediacy that I like.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Green Streaks
ink and gouache
9.5" x 15" (24.1 cm x 38 cm)

The model for this drawing was a young university student. She seemed to quite enjoy posing, although she had some trouble with the hand she was resting her chin on.

The lower legs and feet are a little ill-defined. They were altered at the last minute.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Plants No.2
inkjet print
7.5" x 10.75" (19.5 cm x 27.3 cm)

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Brad's Porch
gouache and charcoal
10.5" x 7.125" (26.7 cm x 18.2 cm)

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

gouache and charcoal
7.5" x 10.875" (19 cm x 27.5 cm)

Monday, April 03, 2006

ink and gouache
12" x 9" (30.5 cm x 32 cm)

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Alcoholics Anonymous
graphite and ink
4.5" x 7.0" (11.3 cm x 17.6 cm)

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Street Shadows
7.875" x 10.625" (20.5 cm x 27 cm)