Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Lisa Models

  acrylic on canvas  18 by 24
It is quite a challenge to paint in the evening session at the Firehouse. We have a model for one session only. With little thinking, I used large shapes and lines to block in the composition, then added color. In the halfway, I noticed all my focus was on the left of the canvas, the colorful cushions, the bench and the model. There was nothing on the right. I brought in a chair and the model's handbag into my painting. Although the shadow of the chair was on the wrong side but it help to break up the wall space, so I kept it.  To move the focus a little bid more to the right, the color of the cushions was subdued. I added more detail work and  light on the book. To push the focus to the right a little bid more, I made contrast of the reflected light against the shadow of the chair on the wall. A couple of brush stocks were used to break up that long line on the wall.    Philip Ng

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Diana in a Green Dress

Diana is a great artist and a great model too. I have been painting with her in the morning session at the Firehouse for more than a year. This was the third time I painted her. The painting was done with acrylic on a 18" x 24" canvas.

Philip Ng

Friday, October 14, 2011

My Car

The Gold Saturn   oil over acrylic  18 by 24  
Sometimes I rework older paintings that did not work well enough and sometimes I just paint over them. This one I reworked with oil over the original acrylic.  I can't remember who the model was but see the old couch we used to have in the room and outside the window is my gold Saturn.   Karen

Sunday, October 9, 2011


Where do I begin? I guess the story has already been told, that this was not a model from the Model's Guild. This is a 24 x 18" acrylic. I am frustrated with the photo and the colors it shows, probably because it was already 5 pm when I took the pic. What you see here is my attempt to fix it with photoshop so it resembles the original more closely.

Friday, October 7, 2011

The Graffiti Artist

Drew is a great model.  He is different from the usual pretty face with his strong features and wiggy hair.  He kept a difficult pose, looking upward, which I'm sure was hard on his eyes.

The Graffiti Artist
  oil,  18 by  24
Iris Sabre

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Carla at the Firehouse

Woman with Flowers  acrylic, 24 by 30
We had Carla model for two session at the Firehouse. No matter how many times I paint her there is always something new to try with her.


Looner as Jesus

Yesterday I went to the evening session specifically to paint Looner, whose intriguing features and hair promised an interesting experience. About twenty minutes into this portrait the model started to look like Jesus, so I went with it. The irregular halo needs work, but overall I'm happy to have had a chance to paint the savior. This is in acrylics on paper and the scale is a little larger than life.

Sunday, October 2, 2011


Waddi was out stolling one evening when he saw us setting up our easels to paint.  Did we need a model? he asked.  As it happened, the model we were expeccting was a no-show and Waddi saved the day.

Waddi   oil 24" by 18"
Iris Sabre


Judith  oil 24' by 18"
Judith has her long slender fingers perched precariously on the rim of the glass.

Iris Sabre

Saturday, October 1, 2011

The Accidental Male Model

It happened one evening we did not have a model. A gentleman walked into the shop and offered to sit for us. What a happy fit!  He did a good job! This is a painting of him. I did it with acrylic on a 18"x24" canvas. 

 Philip Ng