Reworking Jess and Frankie

October 24, 2013 § Leave a comment


I’ve changed the drawing of Jess and Frankie submitted in a previous post.  I’ve brought up the contrasts, color and value, allowing the dog to project forward,  I chose to take the liberty of pulling the blanket up and over the subjects.  This device provides continuity as it moves throughout the composition.  The blanket also helps to tell the story of a young woman and her dog nestling into its warmth and softness.  Still not sure if I’m done.  Any comments and advice are welcome!!

Flowers Taking my Mind off Writing

October 3, 2013 § Leave a comment

Conservatory FloralFloral with Carved BenchFloral with Carved Urn

I’ve been working on writing about color drawing lately and I have to say I’m really up in my head.  For all you writers out there, I hope you know what I mean.  Writing is as intense as drawing and both, when working under a time constraint, cause my brain to hurt.  Very cerebral!!  So I thought I’d post a few floral images to take my mind off things.  These were an examination of organic forms as they related to sculptural images such as urns and a garden bench,

Working with Serial Imagery

August 27, 2013 § Leave a comment

Persephone I

Persephone III

Persephone II

Persephone IIII

Persephone IIIII

When attempting to tackle the big world of composition, it is important to not pigeonhole yourself by allowing just one option.  Too many times, when starting out with drawing and painting and someone would ask “Why did you depict your subject this way?”, “I would say well that is because it looked like that”.  I didn’t realize I had the power to change my images.  Instead of taking things at face value and saying only one thing about our subjects, we must challenge ourselves to explore our options.  When looking at a subject move it, walk around it, step in to examine it closely, look at it in different lighting.  Some examples of serial imagery are a zoom in for the first piece, then step back, and step back again.  Try three or four different vantage points.  Add something to the composition or take something away.  Try the subject in different mediums or techniques; one in stippling, one in scribble, one in hatching, and on and on.  By limiting ourselves to spitting out just one portrayal, we never really explore the full storyline a subject has to offer.  I’m including a series of color drawings of the goddess Persephone seen in different seasons, colors, and with varying settings,

My Friend Hazel

August 27, 2013 § Leave a comment

HazelI’m posting a drawing I completed of Hazel in the nursing home.  She was a dear friend and a wonderful piano teacher!!  This drawing perhaps goes further than most in telling a story of a person reflecting upon her life as she gazes out the window.  Notice the artistic devices of the dog sitting at her feet looking inward and the plant as it points outward leading the viewer’s eye throughout the composition and supporting the story line.

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