We have a wonderful group here in Charlotte who meet on Saturday mornings concentrating on drawing and painting the figure. I try to make it when I can. This painting is from the last session that I attended. I rarely finish a painting in that session. Sometimes the drawing is sufficient for me to just continue — Sometimes I have to completely rework the painting. I want a beautiful painting, but I also want to a likeness. So I try to work on both aspects – as well as experimenting with various techniques.
In this painting I was trying to draw on some of the aspects I learned from Seth Haverkamp. The shadow side of her face is still very transparent and has very little paint on it. I tried to build up the light side of her face and actually the highlights are not blended at all; just sitting on the surface.
The latest one in the studio I’m using Egbert brushes. Those extra long filbert brushes that Rich Nelson introduced me to a few years ago. I’ve never quite gotten the hang of them. Recently rediscovered, I like the looseness I get from them.
I’ve also decided after trying to do some figure drawing, that I’m committing to some drawing everyday. I’ve been so hooked on painting that I haven’t done any drawing in ages. So I’m setting the timer and sitting down to do a drawing everyday. Just a discipline to help me see better and hopefully draw better as well.
Drawing and painting the figure —- from life of course. I have so much to learn, but I know it’s the best way to see the true colors and learn the anatomy. And it’s a blast! All the best…!!!