Alex

I dream of being prepared and early for everything but often that doesn't happen. This was an unusually busy weekend since the restaurant I work for was open for Mother's Day brunch. Which means doubles for everyone and less time for me to pull my life together. It was a great turn out though and I hope all of the Mothers enjoyed their day!

Sunday after midnight I realized I forgot to put an imprimatura on the panels I use for these studies. They are also in a box somewhere and I did not feel like rummaging through to find them. Instead of giving up and skipping the open studio I used an old canvas that's been sitting around my apartment. I wasn't able to finish it because the model couldn't make it anymore or some sort of scheduling conflict, there is always a scheduling conflict.  

The old painting was so much darker than what I usually have for my imprimatura so I massed in the lights earlier than normal. I also used charcoal to roughly block in the figure this time. For me seated poses or reclining poses are more challenging. I hope with practice to get better with them. Near the end of the session I re-established the outline and shadow shape, trying to hold on to the drawing. Unfortunately this pose was too uncomfortable for the model to continue with it.

Here is the final sketch. 8 x 10 in oil on canvas.

Ralph

This study was painted on Raymar's oil painting paper. I wanted to try out a few new surfaces since I've been mainly working on a rougher canvas. This study looks more like a drawing than a painting to me, maybe I was influenced by the surface? Ralph was a delight to paint and I hope to see more of him at the open studio.

Here is the final sketch.

Jamilla

I have spent more time learning how to make a GIF than painting this study. Sorry for the choppiness it's my first attempt :) I initially just wanted to take pictures throughout the open studio to be able to look back at how I started as I'm still trying to figure out what makes the most sense for me as I'm painting.

Bunny

 

 

What better way to bring in spring than with a model named Bunny? This was painted at an open studio at The Palette & Chisel. I finally got there early enough to get out of the dark corner I usually set up in. Thank you uber pool. I used comparative measurements for this one and tried to make sense of her head tilted up slightly. The critique of needing a frying pan before making eggs kept coming to mind. I continued to go back to the big shape, frying pans are challenging.  

What better way to bring in spring than with a model named Bunny? This was painted at an open studio at The Palette & Chisel. I finally got there early enough to get out of the dark corner I usually set up in. Thank you uber pool. I used comparative measurements for this one and tried to make sense of her head tilted up slightly. The critique of needing a frying pan before making eggs kept coming to mind. I continued to go back to the big shape, frying pans are challenging.