Wednesday, October 31, 2007

you'll be glad to know

the cletus class demo
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that Cletus was able to make it out to rural France to grace those fortunate enough with his annual demo/critique. Happy Halloween! Late.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

a pair of poses

one day to go
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to go. The next three weeks are going to be spent on one more drawing pose and one more painting pose.

Last time we spoke, my portrait of Sarah was a mess, but in the end, it pulled itself together, and I am actually quite happy with it. As I probably went too large with the drawing, I definitely went too small with the painting. My initial plan was to fit the entire body onto the canvas - which made working on the face quite difficult (ended up spending too much time trying to tweak it, and therefore, didn't get much body work done). I haven't posted a picture of it yet, but I will once the paint is dry and I add a little retouch varnish to bring back the colors.

I have a really good feeling about this three week sprint to the finish, so keep checking back. late.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

has it really

Originally uploaded by nepalblue
been a month already!? Feels like a week.. maybe two.

Since I last came through, we've gestured, blocked, rounded, shaded, lit, drawn and painted. We've learned, forgotten, relearned and forgotten again.. some have bled and others, cried - all these things culminating into a two week (drawing) portrait pose, and a two week (painting) pose, which are now underway.

Unfortunately, I am not particularly happy with the way either of these endeavors is going. The drawing of Sarah (who happens to be our new model) is not post worthy at this point, but I promise to have it up at least when it's completed. The painting is only at the (monochromatic - as opposed the chromatic) underpainting stage. Fortunately, there is hope for each.

The most exciting news is that Krista and I are going to be staying in Paris until late December, continuing our studies with Tim. Class will be held in Gericault's original studio, followed by plenty of Louvre action - This is, truly, an exciting opportunity. Sign up for postcards (not that I am any better about sending those out than I am about writing here)!

.. and keep checking back (Flickr at least - I try to put pictures up regularly). My trompe-l’œil side project is coming along slowly but surely. Late.