Thursdays Drawing – Majesty of Grace, #2


Pressed for time today, but was able to find an opportunity to continue my work on Majesty of Grace.  Actually earlier in the week I spent two days trying to figure out how to get a print of one of my paintings without it getting cropped – another learning opportunity (aspect ratio 4:3 vs 3:2).

Majesty of Grace (8.5 x 6.5″) a graphite drawing, is being drawn on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper.  Most of the time drawing today was spent on developing the foreground water and sea-foam, as well as the beginning markings of various spurts of spray.  Values and white space will be key to how this develops, hoping I can keep it clean.

Majesty of Grace, #2

Majesty of Grace, #2

A storm has popped up and influenced the light for taking this photograph, but I think you have a good idea of how it’s developing.

I’m also working on a painting called, Orchard Blossom that will probably be finished tomorrow.

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Pumpkin 2014, oil pastel


Didn’t think I’d get a pumpkin done for this year – but .   .   .

Pumpkin 2014, oil pastel (6×6) on black mi-teintes pastel paper.  Took many layers of the OPs to cover the black paper, but glad I went with black to give the pumpkin find in the patch a little mystery to it.

Happy Halloween!

Pumpkin 2014

Pumpkin 2014

Reference image from Nicola B a great photographer and artist from pmp.

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Thursdays Drawing – Majesty of Grace, #1


A new drawing project revealed!

Majesty of Grace (6×8), is a graphite drawing on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper.  The challenge of this drawing will be to showcase the enormous patterns of spray that will be highlighted by the sun.  The darks in the drawing have been pretty much completed by using 2B, 4B and 8B graphite (because of it’s reflective qualities).

This next week the foreground water and sea-foam will be worked on, giving me plenty of time to think about how to tackle the bright strands of spray and puffs of water vapor covering three-quarters of the scene.

An exciting piece   .   .   .   thanks for coming along for the journey!

Majesty of Grace, #1

Majesty of Grace, #1

 

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Personal Challenge – rocks/boulders: All 15 Painting Studies


Here is the collection of all 15 oil pastel paintings for the rocks and boulders studies.  It was a good challenge, with a wide-range of subjects allowing me to learn about their shapes, forms, textures and values.

Thanks for following along ~click onto image for a larger size.

Study 1 thru Study 5

Study 1 thru Study 5

Study 6 thru Study 10

Study 6 thru Study 10

Study 11 thru Study  15

Study 11 thru Study 15

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Personal Challenge – rocks/boulders: The Range, #15


Well now I finally reached the end of the 15-painting rock/boulder challenge – took a bit more time than anticipated but I’m happy that I undertook it.

The Range, (6×8) oil pastel was completed on cream tinted Mi-Teintes Pastel paper using mainly Senneliers, Neopastels and Mungyo-Gallery oil pastels.  Tools included clay shapers and painting knives, many layers of paint was applied in this painting.

I selected the mountain range called, Napes Needle, because I haven’t painted a mountain range before and thought the sharp dark edges of the mountain range against  of a snowy mountain range would make for an interesting contrast and give the scene some depth.

Thank you all for following along with this study – it was challenging, exasperating, exciting and thrilling.  I think that 15 studies are a good amount to base on any particular subject.  Hmmmmmm, wonder what the next will be  .   .   .

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The Range, #15

The Range, #15

Reference image was from Gary Jones, a very talented photographer with pmp.

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Personal Challenge – rocks/boulders: Secret Doorway, #14


Coming to a close with my study of rocks and boulders, here’s #14.  This particular scene attracted me because of the wall of rocks and what looks like a boulder doorway  .  .  .  thought this could be interesting for the upcoming Halloween holiday.

Secret Doorway, an oil pastel (5×7) was painted on black Mi-Teintes pastel paper on the rougher side for its deep texturing.  Black paper was used on purpose so that the overall painting would take on a darker appearance – I think it worked, and the papers’ texture really comes through.  Used mainly Senneliers and Neopastels, along with a painters’ knife, razor blade and clay shapers to move the paint around.

A pmp friend of mine, John Robinson, took the reference image while on a walk in the English countryside.  I can only imagine how old the stone structure is .  .  . don’t you wonder what’s on the other side of the sealed-off doorway?

Only one more study to go ~

Secret Doorway, #14

Secret Doorway, #14

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Personal Challenge – Rock/Boulders: Autumn Steps, #13


Well what do you know, finally got #13 done in my rock/boulder studies!  I can’t give up on the studies especially when I only have two to go ~ so I was thrilled to get this scene done.  I’ve wanted to do an Autumn painting for a while now and was glad that I could include one in with these studies.

Autumn Steps, an oil pastel (7×5) was painted on beige tinted Mi-Teintes pastel paper using mainly Senneliers, Holbeins and Neopastels brands.  Because there is so much detail in this piece clay shapers, a straight-edge razor and a painters knife were used to move the paint around the surface.

The painting looks better in person (already framed and on my kitchen shelf), I’m not a good photographer!   I hope you all have a wonderful weekend ~

Autumn Steps, #13

Autumn Steps, #13

Reference image was from Lisa Tringali, a photographer from pmp.

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Study of Dark Skin Model – (original drawing by William Maughan)


My latest study, as I continue to learn how to draw portraits, was from a book that I’m reading by William Maughan, that I’ll be writing a book review post on at a later date.

This portrait (9×6) was drawn with graphite pencils (2H and 2B).  The model was so beautiful, it was hard to resist drawing her – the study was a great learning tool and challenge for not only drawing someone who is dark-skinned, but also with extremely short wiry hair.  These portrait studies reaffirm that it all goes back to form and values, and most important proper proportions.

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Study of Dark Skin Model

Study of Dark Skin Model

 

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Thursday’s Drawing: Strands of Silk, a pictorial of the process


Here is a pictorial of the process for drawing Strands of Silk – it was a great project to work on.  Stay tuned for next Thursday’s start of a brand new drawing project.

Thanks for checking in and sticking with the process.

Strands of Silk, the process

Strands of Silk, the process

 

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Practice – Slanted Head Drawing


A quick practice drawing today of a slanted head:   graphite pencils 2H and HB on sketch drawing paper.  Going forward I’ll pay attention to proper proportions, forms and correct value placement and expect my learning curve to get real steep – which is what it should  do.

Today I was having fun, but can see areas that should have been measured so  .   .   .  actually I was really procrastinating from finishing my oil pastel rock studies, only three more to go!

Have a nice evening ~

Practice Slanted Head

Practice Slanted Head

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