Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Figure Drawing

I love art.

This week during my Painting II class, I was unexpectedly invited to join a figure drawing class that meets on Saturdays.  Figure drawing dates back to antiquity but became a core component of art education in the later part of the 1500’s.  It’s a discipline which emphasizes an understanding of human anatomy and accurate drawing of the human form.  I was wondering how I could improve my drawing abilities and since figure drawing was good enough for Michelangelo to do throughout his life, I thought that it might be good to give it a whirl.

It’s a great discipline.  You focus on the lines, shapes and proportions of the human form in a variety of poses.  It’s great for training the eye and the hand in representing a three-dimensional form in two-dimensional space. So you focus on the measurements, lines and shapes.

But hold on!  Did I mention that the model is not wearing any clothes?  You focus on the measurements, lines and shapes but every once in a while some primitive part of your brain formed 200,000 years ago screams out “Naked Lady!”   This is a distraction.

Next week we have a male model and, being a heterosexual male, my primitive brain will probably behave.  And maybe it will stay quiet the following week when the female model reappears.   But maybe not.

Naked Lady! 

I love art.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Happy Dan

Back in my quartet days when we competed, the presentation judge would always gig us because one of us wasn't smiling like the other three.  He couldn't have been talking about me.  I'm such a happy guy!

I thought I'd do a little experiment and capture my smile on our latest painting homework assignment -- a self portrait.  What did I see staring back at me in the mirror?  Marcia says it looks like an angry old man.  But, I know I'm smiling on the inside -- deep on the inside.

Here it is. Happy Dan.

Oh, and here's my third ever attempt at a landscape painting.  It was painted near here before all the leaves fell off the trees.

Oh, again.  Here's the latest version of my first painting of a made-up scene that I did after Art I in its present state. I've been redoing it as my skills have been increasing. By now it's at least five layers deep.