Category: Meanderings

  • Your State of Mind Determines Everything

    I’ve been talking with Scott about some stuff (as always).  I don’t have the right words yet so this will take some work.  Sometimes, I get a clear picture of what life would be like without restrictions on possibilities.  It’s like creating a list of goals knowing you have all the time and money you…

  • How to Check Your Drawing

    When you are aiming for realism or an accurate rendering of your subject, there are many ways to check the proportions in your drawing. Here’s a list of the ones I know (and I am sure that I’ve left out a few): Stand back and compare the subject to your drawing. The greater distance will…

  • Painting Atelier Weeks 4 – 6

    I know it seems like I’m cheating here, but we ended up working on the same pieces for three weeks in a row. Work in class was painting a cast using one color, Titanium White and Ivory Black. I have to admit it, I was dreading this after the last cast I tried to draw.…

  • Painting Atelier Week 3

    For this class, things got a little more complicated. We all chose a painting of a nude to work with and copy as a study. This time we were allowed to mix our paints. This was what I did in class: And our homework was more of the same. I have to work on that…

  • Painting Atelier Week 2

    During Week 2 class we had to paint a sphere using umber, black, and white. This was about learning how shadows work and the graduation of tone without having color confuse the issue. In fact, the first two-thirds of this class aren’t dealing with color at all! This is also about learning how to work…

  • Dreams of Inspiration – Part 3

    Once I had a feeling for where everything was, I roughed in the figure. With this painting, I worked a little bit everywhere so that I could understand how all the colors were going to work together. At this point, I already know that there will be highlights on his face and hands, and that…

  • Dreams of Inspiration – Part 2

    It’s been a while since I’ve done a portrait. I didn’t want to be sideswiped with issues so I started up front to figure out where I thought I might have some difficulty. I had a list of things I wanted to do before I put any more paint on the canvas. I started with…

  • Dreams of Inspiration – The Work in Progress – Part 1

    I’m not even sure where to start with this, or where I’m going, and I’m not done yet.  The simplest version is, I had an idea for a painting.  It came into my mind complete, and gorgeous, and I had no idea how to do it.  It was outside my realm of experience except for…

  • The First Date

    No pictures this time, I’m afraid. I’m going to tell you a little story.  It’s a story about fear, of discovery, of love and despair.  It’s a story of longing and exhilaration.  It is how my process works, and for this, I need more coffee. I believe in Muses.  I believe in Inspiration being a…

  • Sailor

    A new painting is in the works, and it is coming along nicely.  I’m not sure why, but my paintings tend to name themselves these days, so the working title, at least, is Sailor.  I like where it is going even though I have a long way to go!