Tuesday, October 20, 2009
At this stage I have added ultramarine blue with the alizarin crimson to create a very dark purple. I have used this to lightly fill in some of the darkest darks, to further the value sketch. At this stage I am still pleased with how the painting is going. It took about 20 minutes to complete stages 1 and 2.
The next few blog entries are of different stages of creating an oil painting. I am painting a scene from a sketch I did on site. I was sitting on the banks of the White River, near the NCAA headquarters, looking southwest at the bridge that leads to the zoo. This is the first stage, the line drawing with alizarin crimson on an orange primed canvas. I have also scrubbed in a little of a value study.
Nearing the final stage, here I have filled in the color notes, approximately what I'll end up with. There is probably a little too much paint on the canvas, so it's getting hard to keep the colors from getting muddy. I'm not entirely happy with it, the water color is wrong, and I need to add a reflection of the bridge. The contrast isn't great enough, either. It may be a few days before I get this finished and published.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
Did a quick 15 minute sketch while my husband was watching TV, then worked on it more the next day. I love pencil, it's so easy to blend! I think I captured him, or at least all but the back of his head!
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
This is my friend Debby. She is working on an oil painting from yesterday's plein aire class. I'm not sure it's still considered plein aire if you spend more time in the studio than on site...
This is the latest painting done for Jerry's class, yesterday was finally a comfortable temperature in which to stand for 3 hours. I'm getting happier with my results. Either I've lowered my expectations, or I'm improving!
Started this painting last week in Jerry's class, but reworked it some this morning. Added more folliage at the top, and more color in general. I think I'll rework it again, darkening the flowers & shrub in the right foreground.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
I had a hard time getting into drawing the whole building, but liked these faces that are carved in concrete on the front of the Blacherne on Meridian. They were difficult to see because they are a little high up the face of the building, and not very big.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
As part of Urban Sketchers, Barbara, Connie, and I met for breakfast in Broadripple. I had a difficult time getting into the mood to sketch, this is the result. Need to keep up the practise!
We took a historic train ride into the mountains from Leadville CO to the Climax milybdenum mine. Had one short break where we got off the train to stretch our legs. I had only been sketching this for about 5 minutes when the train whistle blew, signalling it's time to re board. I'd heard they had left people behind before, so I wasted no time in scrambling back up the hill.
Finally back from 2 week road trip. We would choose the hottest area of the country to go to. Drove 3 days, through Arkansas, Texas, into New Mexico. Had planned to backpack in the Gila Wilderness, but temps over 100 each day discouraged us. Did get in some hiking early in the day. This is from a rest stop along Mineral Creek, where there is ruins from old gold mining sites. Just gorgeous!
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
When I got out of the gym I sat down in the shade to draw this, the NCAA Headquarters. The building was recently re-opened after renovation. It sits on the canal, but I was in the grassy amphitheater near the White River to draw this.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
These are sketches I've done this week. I enjoy going out for a walk early, before the heat gets too bad, and taking along my sketch book. It's very relaxing to sit and sketch after a stroll, sometimes with an iced latte. A very pleasant way to spend the morning.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Here I've changed the ground level on the left, making it come down to the foreground instead of up to the foreground. It's nearly imperceptable in my reference photo (smaller photo above), but it's there.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
This painting was done as part of a plein aire class with Jerry Points. After finishing it (I thought), I realized a problem of perspective. Can you pick it out? Hint: it's on the left side. I'll correct it and post a photo in a few days.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
These are two oil paintings I did recently. The tree was done last week in Jerry Points' oil painting class. Was nearly ruined when a lightning storm arose suddenly.
The painting done in last night's class is not web-worthy, but this morning I attempted to use what I learned in the class. The painting of the orchids given to me on Mother's Day is the result.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Two of us met at the Indianapolis Art Center to sketch. It was a beautiful morning, with light cloud cover. This is the view of the back door seen while sitting on a garden wall. A light breeze kept it comfortable. The sun was high in the sky, and bouncing off all the concrete surfaces.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
We participated in the neighborhood yard sale yesterday. It was, as usual, partially successful, stressful, and a good way to meet and greet neighbors. After pocketing our $72 profit we went out to celebrate. This was our view dining at the Rock Bottom Brewery downtown. It was done in the true spirit of sketching... quickly put down on paper between bites of salmon and fries and swigs of beer. Lots of areas not completed, details left out.
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
This is the view from my table as I had dinner with a friend at the Old Point Tavern. It was nearly 7pm, and still quite sunny. I love daylight savings time! I've had a good week, art wise. Hope to do a lot more in the near future!
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
These are two of my most recently completed sketches. The first was done on Sunday morning, it is the view while sitting on my front porch. It was a very sunny day.
The Second sketch is of a building on the grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. It was almost finished when the rains came, I was lucky to get to my car before my sketch book was drowned!
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
This Charcoal drawing was done in the open studio at the Stutz Building last night. It took about an hour. I've been drawing this model for several months, but this is the first time I felt that I got her face right! The lighting was very interesting and provided good lights and darks.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
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