Wednesday, May 22, 2013

New Morning Routine

Being 40 miles from downtown DC, while not exactly inside the beltway, is still to close for comfort.  I think it exposes us to more than a toxic dose of political "news." This isn't helped by my daily habit of logging on to   CNN first thing in the morning as I wake up.

Lately, I've been able to moderate the news habit.  Instead of spending a half-hour reading news, I spend it practicing drawing things.  I've never done much drawing -- certainly not of people and animals which I've been attempting to draw the last few weeks.

When I was in first grade, a long long time ago, the boy next to me, Steven S., I think, used to draw elaborate pictures of battle ships and the like on the back of his writing assignments.  In fact, he would start there and not even do the writing part.  If I drew a picture on the back it was the typical forgettable stick-figure primitive version.  No doubt Steven and people like him are the ones that turn out to be the artist of the world with first-grade portfolios in a gallery somewhere (but I wonder if they ever learn how to write with that telephone pole pencil -- a critical skill in today's world).

Anyway, here are the results of my 30" minute studies.

The women on the left are really just three attempts to draw the same image. It doesn't look like the same person, but they do look related.  Kind of a grandmother, mother and daughter thing, I think.  I hope to take a portrait drawing class this summer so maybe I'll get better at that.  But I know I've got a long way to go to catch up with Steve S. -- wherever he is.  I'm getting a late start.  Meanwhile, I feel slightly more sane not following the daily political machinations.  But just slightly, though.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Miller Time

My last Painting I class was Wednesday.  But for me, the course hadn't ended.  I was bugged by the state of my first (and only) landscape homework.  So, after working on it this morning, I'm now ready to declare victory.  It's not art, but it's at least almost up to the low standard of my other paintings this term.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Oil Painting One

One class to go this term but the painting is over.  The last class is the portfolio review (and party).   

I learned a lot this term and, I think, progressed.  One thing I learned is that a painting takes a long time.  Well, at least mine did.  Here's the term's entire  production.

Classwork: First still life 

Homework still life (you've seen this before) 

Classwork:  Direct painting still life (abandoned to move outside for landscape painting)

 Homework direct painting still life

Classwork:  Landscape (credit Professor Collier for the foreground)

Homework landscape