Saturday, February 24, 2007

Foreshortening workshop

Today I went to the Montclair Art Museum for a 4-hour workshop on foreshortening, which is always a huge struggle for me. It was good to be drawing again, and we did a series of short 20-30 minute poses which is good for my attention span. :-) This one was first:

And then the rest followed in the order shown. Drawing the figure is always a struggle as it's far less forgiving than drawing a leaf or a tree, LOL. But it's always good experience, and next week I go back for another workshop on hands and feet.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Carolina Wren

Hmmm. today I decided I had to do a picture of a bird, but trying to look through all my bird photos could take me days! They are scattered all through thousands of pictures in hundreds of albums. Some day I need to organize them. It would be great to be able to tag them with multiple tags as I can with emails sent to gmail. Something to look into ...

But I do love this little Carolina Wren who showed up a few weeks running early in the mild winter. I have not seen him in the last few weeks since it turned bitter cold, and hope he has just winged southward to warmer climes.

Gee, I was perfectly happy with this background when I saw it on my easel, but looking at it here online I'm itching to make some changes to it. We shall see.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Tea Leaves Two

I've been in a bit of an artistic slump lately, and have done nothing since my autumn art classes ended in December. The holidays were busy and January was dark. But this month I was inspired by the reference photo for the February challenge at wetcanvas and had to give it a try.

Yesterday the weather was nasty, and my boss let me leave work a couple hours early, so after I had shoveled the snow I had some free time, and decided to try some art! The above is the product of about 45 minutes worth of work, and then I had to take a break and let it set for a bit. I may still work on it a bit more. But it's been so long since I have had something new to post here I figured I would just go do it. :-)