Friday, December 13, 2013

A gouache painting I did of the model Eden, a preview for next Tuesday's (12/17/13) evening session. We'll be drawing him in two morning sessions in January.

I found his situation rather funny, brown man in the midst of all those pink bosoms!

Betsy Kendall

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Cynthia, two ways

Here are two versions of Cynthia.  The first is pencil on paper.  The second is a digital painting done on my iPad.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Evening Paintings

These are two paintings done in the evening painting group recently. The light changes a lot in the evening as the days are becoming longer and it starts out light in the gallery and then changes. I enjoy working with the changes.    Karen

Bonnie in a Hat       acrlic on canvas   20 by 24

Lisa with Flowers   acrylic on canva s   20 by 24 

Monday, April 1, 2013

Oakland Art Murmur Show Invitation

Jamie Bereal a member of the Tuesday night figure group is showing some of her work at upcoming Oakland Art Murmur nights.

Two Models

Jaeme Bereal sent these two recent portraits to the blog. They are both in acrylic on board.



Tuesday, March 26, 2013


Xavier posed for our painting group in one evening. The character of the sitter, the tattoo on his arm, the black and white stripes on the T-shirt and the still life on the table made it
interesting to paint. This was done on a 18" x 24" canvas with acrylic.   Philip Ng

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Barbara with iPad

In the many months since I last drew at the Firehouse,
I have acquired an iPad with several several drawing/painting programs.  These two drawings of Barbara were done in
Procreate.  I have done very little life drawing or portraiture
with the iPad and am still not used to  it.  But it has some definite advantages over traditional media--for instance, it's lightweight and portable, it allows infinite undo/redo, and no clean-up is required afterwards.  Plus, the iPad lets me hear my favorite music with earbuds while I draw.  I hope to get better at iPad drawing with practice.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Bonnie in Regal Attire

Bonnie in Regal Attire              oil on canvas  18 by 24

Bonnie posed in a standing position. She wore a strange hat, vaguely regal, which she said was to commemorate the abdication of Queen Beatrice of the Netherlands. She was assisted with her dress and hair by stylist, Jaeme.She looks more like a Polynesian Priincess. She remarked that she concentrated on thinking "good thoughts" so that she would have a peaceful expression on her face.     Iris Sabre

Saturday, March 9, 2013

A Suprisingly Good Replacement Model

Xavier                                         oil on canvas    18 by 24
The Guild model was a no-show, but we did really well with a replacement this evening. Xavier who was working in the back of the studio was more than willing to fill. Having worked as a mime in Mexico City, he know how to strike an interesting pose and hold it. His face showed a lot of character for someone so young. He removed his plain black sweatshirt when he posed, revealing a striped t-shirt which was also cool to paint.  Iris Sabre

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Three Recent Models


Eden    acrylic

Simone Rene        acrylic
  Jaeme has been painting with our Tuesday evening long pose group.  She sent these 3 paintings to the blog.  They  show a good incorporation of texture and some of it is from the underpainting.  "The one of the model, Eden, is a paint-over. I am always looking to improve, and anyone laying around too long is subject to a paint-over. Simone Rene, the red, is very athletic and amenable.She used the same pic on her website."   Jaeme 

Thursday, February 21, 2013


 Aja is a fabulous model. She has that special ability to create a mood. Her long black hair was partially died a bright pink-orange, and piled high on her head. Her outfit looked like underwear from some by-gone time, with white shift and bloomers, pink and white striped stockings and, dainty lace-up boots with 2-inch heels. She has a calm and regal beauty which combined with her attire to create a rare and unique atmosphere.    Iris Sabre

Aja in White Blouse                   oil on canvas    24 by 18

Friday, February 15, 2013

A New Model

 Linh is a new model from the Artist Guild. She is pretty. She posed for us in the Firehouse North evening painting session. I did this painting with acrylic on a 16" x20" canvas."

Philip Ng