Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Calling it Done

Did I simply want to move on to the next piece?
Or did I wisely stop fussing before fussiness disaster?
Soldier Boy, 11" x 14", watercolor on paper
We may never know!

This portrait is based on one of Wilson Friedman's photographic portraits 
which can be seen on his website, Historically Speaking.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Approaching Completion

watercolor on paper
Back from our short-but-sweet vacation to lovely, scenic Maine, I was able to spend another session with the soldier boy. 

It's so much easier to catch problems when seen on the screen than right in hand. The wonders of modern technology.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Painting--but mostly the house

Is it wise to show the stages of a piece in progress? I don't know. I know that I do learn from seeing how other people attack a painting, learn, and purely enjoy. So here's the third stage of my reenacting soldier boy.
watercolor on 140 lb. paper

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

After One Painting Session...

watercolor and pencil on paper
I'm hoping to get back to work on this kid after today's House Painting-Blueberry Picking-Library Meeting day. I'm starting to think that if one gets the proportions and the drawing right, just about any paint can be thrown on and it will still look good.


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Rainy Day Yay!

Finally, a rainy day--good for the garden AND a day off from house painting! 

So today, I can paint something else. While listening to the splashes and patters, I've sketched this reenactor soldier boy, based on a Wilson Friedman photo.

When "done" with the sketch, I rolled over it with a kneaded eraser and nearly obliterated the fussy hat embellishment that had taken quite a bit of time to draw. However, the hat embellishment ought not to be the focus of the painting, so maybe that's OK.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Blacksmith's Shop

Another en plein air watercolor sketch from the
The original is actually smaller than this.

Monday, August 5, 2013

200 Posts!?! How can this be?!?

For a person who was never able to keep a diary or journal, or see a sketchbook through all the way to the end, 200 posts is a milestone! Hip Hooray!

Here's an en plein air view of the old schoolhouse on the grounds of the Delaware County Historical Association at the Gideon Frisbee House. It was a weird day. Alternately cloudy and breezy and then so sunny that the white of the paper was blinding. 

Oops. I meant to finish that tree on the right 
when I got back to the house. But I forgot.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Once Again Sketching in the Dark

small sketchbook, regular old pencil

Last night, Wendy and I went to Tanglewood to see the Mark Morris Dance Group perform.  It was spectacular and moving, and I found the Ozawa Hall venue as beautiful as the music, as beautiful as the dance. 

Before intermission, it was really more of an opera than a dance, with barefoot men in crisp white button-down shirts and spotless white jeans singing and sort-of dancing. Hard to describe, but interesting and aesthetically pleasing.

I had this spread on my lap through the entire opera. Although I didn't look down at the page very often, it is easy to see the progression of drawings--from when there was a little bit of light in the theater (guy behind the music stand) to when it was pitch black (something, top, just left-of-the-fold.)