Monday, 23 February 2015

Afternoon at the Beach

Afternoon at the Beach
24" x 36" - acrylic on canvas - $750
I worked on this painting all of last week and finally finished it yesterday. I have been thinking about doing a largish version of this subject (based on a photo I took several years ago) after painting smaller, separate versions of each figure, last year - which you can see here and here. 

The first challenge was to draw each figure accurately on paper, and then to draw them accurately on the canvas, positioned where I wanted them, slightly off-centre. Once the initial drawing was done, I used a grid to transfer the image onto the canvas. Painting the figures was relatively easy, however, as I proceeded I had to correct drawing inaccuracies made on the original drawing (and transferred to the canvas) and then re-work the chair legs which were not as clearly visible in the photo. This I did by locating a similar fold-up beach chair and drawing it instead.

I love this relaxed couple, dozing in their chairs in the Florida sunshine, and I am very happy with the final painting, and glad  that it is now out of my 'painting' system!

Here are some details - but  please note that once again I have had problems photographing the reds - in actual fact the skin tones are not quite so sun-burnt!


Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Sketchbook Figure Drawings, continued....

Some more drawings, done with watercolour pencils, in a recent Open Life Figure Drawing session at the Longboat Key Centre for the Arts. In drawing the figure I often draw using a the 'blind contour' method, which results in distorted forms and exaggerated contour lines, enhancing, I think,  the expressiveness of the pose.

Sketchbook Figure #5
Sketchbook Figure #6
Sketchbook Figure #7

Monday, 16 February 2015

Still on my Easel....

The landscape that I have been working on currently looks like this........

Not sure what the next step is exactly. I am considering changing some of the tree trunks.
I think I will leave it, again, for a week or so while I work on other projects.

Friday, 13 February 2015

On My Easel.....

This is the second of the two landscapes that I 'left', just before Christmas. I finally took it off the wall earlier this week and decided to get back to work and loosen up all those stick-like tree shapes and the horizontal lines that were masquerading as branches. This is how it evolved over a few hours.......

Not huge changes, but I am feeling better about it, liking the looseness. Next step will be to tone down some of the colour! It's even a little wild for me.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Figure Studies.....

Two more 'studies' from my sketchbook - done in an open life drawing session last week......

Figure 2
Figure 3

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Figure Studies

Figure #4
Figure #1
Some figure studies from my sketchbook - done last Friday in the Open Life Drawing session at the Longboat Key Centre for the Arts, on Longboat Key in Florida. There is nothing like drawing the figure in a variety of creative and artful poses, over a 3 hour period. I used mostly water-colour pencils, and in the rest times added some water to my lines for a little colour pizzazz!