Friday, August 31, 2007

Purple Sheet
ink and pastel
20.3 x 43.2 cm (8" x 17")

In this drawing the model looks more dead than alive. She was alive and did enjoy the pose and the chance to catch up on her sleep.

Similar to yesterday's drawing, the nose is too big. All the better to breathe, you say?

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Hair No.2
graphite, ink, charcoal, and pastel
24.9 x 27.7 cm (9.8" x 10.9")

This is the same model as in yesterday's drawing. Both drawings were done in the same session.

The model's nose may be overdone.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007


graphite, ink, charcoal, and pastel
25.4 x 17.8 cm (10" x 6.8")

Hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair
Flow it, show it
Long as God can grow it
My hair

(The chorus from the lyrics to 'Hair', from the musical of the same name, Hair.)

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

House, Raglan Road
16.5 x 19.8 cm (6.5" x 7.75)

This house is across from Omand Park in Winnipeg. The park is a favourite place for baseball, fishing, and hanging out in the summer, and tobogganing in the winter.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Young Man Standing

charcoal and pastel
50.2 x 35.6 cm (19.75" x 14")

There is something very awkward looking about this drawing. It's close to being accurate, but not close enough to be entirely convincing.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Leg Up
22.9 x 30.5 cm (9" x 12")

This painting was done without a preliminary drawing, using inexpensive paint. The paint didn't mix well. It quickly lost its' colour and vibrancy when mixed. Overall, however, the result is acceptable.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Sawyer Harbour, Wisconsin
11.4 x 17.8 cm (4.5" x 7")

Sawyer Harbour is part of Sturgeon Bay, which opens on to Green Bay. Green Bay is the distant body of water in the painting. They are all part of Lake Michigan.

The view is from a watch tower, built in 1932, in Potowatomi State Park. The park is just north of the town of Sturgeon Bay.

There are actually a couple of islands in the harbour, which I've left out of the painting. In this case, I thought less was more.

The painting is sketch for a larger work.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Nina Berman, Purple Hearts, images of American soldiers back from Iraq, at the Jen Bekman Gallery, New York.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Seated Model

graphite, ink, and charcoal
35.6 x 27.9 cm (14" x 11")

One of the interesting things about this drawing is that you don't at first notice that the hands have no fingers. At least, I don't at first notice.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

If you've checked Zeke's Gallery recently and found no posts, it's because of some legal difficulties Chris Hand of Zeke's Gallery has been having. Fagstein has chronicled the affair and has the explanation. blork blog reports that Chris Hand expects to be back online 'after the smoke clears'.

Friday, August 17, 2007

A couple of hundred people were out to the opening of 99 Pieces last night at the cre8ery in Winnipeg. A good time was had by all.

Back No. 2

graphite, ink, and pastel
22.9 x 15.2 cm (6" x 9")

This drawing was done with pencil and pen during a drawing session with the model. It was coloured with pastel a couple of weeks later.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Lake Michigan No.1
11.4 x 17.8 cm (4.5" x 7")

This is the first of two studies for an oil painting. I like it, more than the second: Lake Michigan No.2. It's simplicity seems quite convincing.

The second study which is posted below, seems a little dull.

This view of the lake is from the shore north of the beach at Whitefish Dunes State Park in Wisconsin. The park is northeast of Green Bay and Sturgeon Bay.

Wisconsin has some lovely beaches on Lake Michigan, as well as an excellent network of state parks.
Lake Michigan No. 2
11.4 x 17.8 cm (4.5" x 7")

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

T. Reclining
graphite, charcoal, and pastel
17.8 x 39.9 cm (7" x 15.7")

The model is a young contemporary dancer, now in Vancouver for a butoh workshop. She is the same model as in the drawing posted Monday, July 30th.

Hopefully, we'll be seeing more of her in the future. She is an excellent model.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Omand's Creek
16.5 x 19.8 cm (6.5" x 7.75")

Omand's Creek runs through a part of Winnipeg's west end which is mostly industrial. The part of the creek depicted in the painting is almost at the mouth of the creek where it joins the Assiniboine River.
The Assiniboine covers most of Manitoba, flowing east to west.

Manitoba has had a lot of rain this summer. As a result, the banks of the creek are quite lush.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Yellow Woman
graphite, ink, and pastel
15.2 x 17.8 cm (6" x 7")

I'm afraid that I couldn't think of a better title for this casual drawing than Yellow Woman.

The drawing was coloured after the drawing session was over.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Trees, Westview Park

15.2 x 10.2 cm (6" x 4")

This was a simple, but odd scene. The trees seemed off-kilter; the sky was darker than usual. The gravel path was two toned, running from a dark reddish grey to a light yellowish grey for no apparent reason. It was the oddness that first attracted my attention, and still attracts my attention.

Westview Park is Winnipeg's only real hill. It's a converted landfill, which is now home to joggers, cyclists, children, dogs, and innumerable prairie dogs, or gophers, if you prefer.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

I will be travelling for the next week and I do not expect that I will be able to post anything until my return. Unless I discover a computer in the woods, the next post will not be until Friday, August 10th. Thanks.

Hands On Hips

graphite, ink, and charcoal
35.6 x 23.8 cm (14" x 9.375")

The model is quite a bit older than she appears in this drawing. It's not so much that the drawing flatters her, as that her apparent age varied depending on your viewpoint. From the side she looked like a teenager, whereas face on she looked twice as old.

I didn't have the courage to ask her her real age.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Bike Trails, Westview Park
16.5 x 19.8 cm (6.5" x 7.75")

The sketch for this painting was originally posted on July 9th. I have reposted it immediately below.

There's not much to choose between them.
Sketch for Bike Trails, Westview Park
11.4 x 17.8 cm (4.5" x 7")

Westview Park is a former Winnipeg landfill. It's slowly been transformed into a park, and it's the only hill of any size within the city. Winnipeg is on the northeastern edge of the North American prairies, as well as the Red River flood plain, which is why the city is as flat as it is.