Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
oil on masonite, 20" x 16"
I am trying simplify my approach to the figure. The smooth masonite makes it easy to brush out earlier steps until I get a shape I like. I used a photo I took of the background to finish the area behind the model. It's nice the paintings bring in other colors. Betsy Kendall
We had a new model who took a great pose she had trouble repeating. Because I was sitting to the side I was able to correct a bit. I loved the way her skin took the light. The artist sitting opposite had to leave early; maybe I can capture her features some other night! I loved the way the two sets of blue-jeaned legs joined at the knee.
Oil on gessoed cardboard, 32" x 28" Betsy Kendall
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
I hated every one of these drawings while I was still at the Firehouse. But when I came home and worked on them a bit more, I liked them a little better. They're all done in pastel and colored pencil, with a little india ink. The paper is watercolor paper treated with sauce.
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Kanna Aoki who paints in the Tuesday morning figure group will be showing paintings in March at Neilson Arts, 1537 Solano Ave in Berkeley. The opening receptions is Sat. March 12 from 7 to 9. She is showing with Barbara Maricle and Wilma Wyss who are both on our Reemerging Artist list. Hope to see you there.
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
I have started scratching the surface of canvas covered in a thin film of dark paint. At night, it seems easier to start from the dark, instead of from a light-colored canvas. Then I paint on top of this film and the values stay dark enough. For the light areas, I scrape the space they occupy with a palette knife... if I remember to bring one!