Wednesday, May 28, 2008

just a quick post

Originally uploaded by nepalblue
to keep your interest (hopefully), and here is a quick painting (to accompany the quick post) that I'm finishing up this week in Tony's class. It isn't done yet, so I'll be sure to repost once it's complete and retouched with varnish (it is a bit dried in at this point). Next week, I'll start a new one from the opposite side of the pose, as well as a painting of Raven (here is the poster study I did this afternoon - it should be fun to paint). I may try to take, and post, progress shots like I used to do in the good old days - so check back on occasion. Late.

Monday, May 12, 2008

once again...

the dioskouroi
Originally uploaded by nepalblue
.. it has been too long - my apologies. Good news is that I have been keeping busy - although, I am guilty of sitting around quite a bit. Last time around, I mentioned that I would be posing for a five week portrait in Tony Ryder's class. I have done some modeling in the past, but never for a substantial amount of time. Due to those experiences - some, relatively easy... some, a tad bit painful - I wasn't really sure what to expect (other than a forecast of brainstorms). I was lucky. It was REALLY easy (and plenty of decent ideas came along with the rain). The five weeks absolutely flew by - it was an interesting and gratifying experience to be able to contribute to the artistic process from the opposite angle. I was/am really impressed with everyone's work (check out Krista's).

Due to a number of generous people in Tony's class, I was able to attend many afternoon drawing sessions over the duration of my portrait pose. I got a few drawings in that I am very proud of. Hopefully, there will be more to come!

I have also been gearing up for the autumnal show in New York (and at last... a date! September 13). We (there are several of us involved) are, each, to present thirteen pieces (ten at a small scale, and three at a large - well, larger than the small - scale) of a personal theme - mine involving stars/constellations*. My intention is to treat the smaller works more like studies/sketches, and paint my soul onto the larger pieces - one, of which, is underway. I am lucky enough to have Mercia (who will be presenting her paintings in NY, as well) as my muse and model (I am so excited about the project) - she is so beautiful, and is doing wonderfully (despite the pose, which is certainly NOT easy to hold). It will definitely be worth the effort.

* We are to incorporate an element of each others' theme within one of our own pieces - to unify.