We moved from Wisconsin about ten years ago. As the saying goes "you can take the girl out of Wisconsin, but...".
I have always loved barns, and there was one particular barn by our home that intrigued me. It was situated so perfectly to catch the sun and reflect the seasons. I took so many pictures of it.
Years ago, I wrote a blog post about photographing the barn with many of the photos shown. If you want to see it, just go here.
The barn became my muse for a series in which I could stretch my wings with acrylic paints. I have used oil paints in the past, and so love the smooth sensual glide of the paint. The smells take me right back to the days of academia and smoke-filled (olden days, huh!) studios. But times, conditions and things change, so now I want to use acrylics instead. The problem has always been a fast-drying palette. But armed with a new "stay-wet" palette, I have rallied on.
Then they were done. Practiced ground. Practiced skies. Practiced shading. All and all a fruitful and fun adventure.
One of my latest projects started out from a sketch that I did of myself. I did several sketches that day, and didn't think too much more about it. Then I started watching untold hours of the British show "Portrait artist of the Year" and decided to try painting again! I liked the pose in the sketch, but I needed a color reference and a more interesting set up. I noticed the great shadows from our blinds and decided they would make for an interesting "texture" for a painting, so I took a reference photo
I then broke out my acrylic paints - be still my soul and quit your yearning for the smell and smoothness of oil paints. I do not want to fill our home with turpentine and oil smells, or chance the ruination of the rental property that is our abode. I also work fairly quickly, so acrylics help me not to over work as much. Finding a "Stay Wet" palette has also been a real life changer. So I began to paint. It was fun, and here is the result.
Finally got some sketch time in today. It has been over a week, I think It was a good day at Cville coffee - even though someone caught me! This young man grin as he said "you drawing me??" when I said yes, he said I better make him look good! He had the best smile as he was texting his friends, so it wasn't hard to make him look friendly
I have now continued to sketch out in the wild... I love sketching people. Here are some more of my recent sketches. the captions record the locations.
the captions say where it was done.After my 100 day project (click if you want to see them all!) I reviewed what I had done, and realized my favorites were those drawn while out in the "wild"; the waiting room, the coffee shops, etc. People are so very busy with their cell phones, or engrossed in conversation that they don't pay a lot of attention to what I am doing.
I now have a sketchbook that goes from June 10 through July 10 of sketches like this... Here are a few of my favorites from that sketchbook: They are captioned with the location where I sketched them.
Drawing from life is as old as drawing itself. A way to train the eye, and to observe the human body, a most unique, ever-changing and expressive subject. McGuffey Art Center has weekly Sessions available, so this is where I go to explore and sketch in a formal setting.
Drawing is a release, a lesson, and an exercise for both the eye and the hand. I try to do as much as I can. I love drawing people. I like the wide variety of shapes and sizes of one particular subject. I like how it involves my observation as well as my hand..
To see my 100 day drawing marathon