Friday, October 31, 2008
Perhaps I just need more sleep!
I similarly completed next to nothing on my own painting at my small still lives class that morning. Talk about an off day!
Thursday, October 30, 2008
I love, love, love these brushes. Seriously.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Please feel free to contact me with any questions!
Saturdays in November - Portrait and Figure Series
Take one, two, or all classes in this series that focuses on the realistic portrayal of people. The Portrait Drawing class will focus on drawing the head in charcoal by creating an accurate envelope and then massing in values to give form, solidity, and a likeness. Portrait Painting will expand on the Portrait Drawing as we create an initial line drawing in oil paint and then create form using color, value and accurate skin tones. Everything becomes more complex as the focus shifts to the figure, and sight-size will help to create a correct representation of the figure with little confusion, so we can then concentrate on expressing the nuances of anatomy and structure. In the final class in the series, Figure Painting, we will try juggling all accumulated knowledge using sight-size to create our initial line drawing, massing in initial values and missing accurate flesh tones.
Models are provided, and a limited number of easels are available for student use. Please check easel availability when you register. A list of materials needed for the classes available on the Hilliard website and at the gallery.
- Saturdays 12 pm - 3 pm
- Portrait Drawing: November 1st
Figure Drawing: November 8th
Portrait Painting: November 15th
Figure Painting: November 22nd
- Location: Hilliard Gallery
- Cost: $40 per class, or $140 for all four classes
18th and Oak
Kansas City, MO 64108
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
After I got the face at the focal point more or less settled, I quickly scrubbed some color into the remaining blank areas of the canvas. I can't wait to get back to this, though I am not quite sure when that will be since I have a hectic schedule for the rest of the week. (Please excuse the value-finder taped to the canvas; I have a lot of trouble figuring out the right values and light balance once I am home!)
Anyhow, we painted the wall a dark gray-green. It really looks quite a bit darker in real life, until you get close to it. The color is inspired by what has been referred to by some artists as "Whitaker Green," after the artist William Whitaker and the color of his studio walls. The color is a perfect background for skin tones, being complementary to their hue and quite desaturated, which makes even pale skin like mine glow in front of it.
Here's the before picture of what the wall looked like before we painted. Jamie has also primed my sides of the pillars at the front of my space, and we will paint those areas to match.
Next on the list, I am going to create a 3 panel movable wall and paint it the same color as the studio wall. Then, I will be able to control more of that light that is bouncing all over the place and also block nude models from view. I also need to get some curtains up, and we are considering painting the floor in order to lessen the amount of light that bounces off the floor and onto the model. Now that the sun is getting lower in the sky, and these are south-facing windows, direct beams of sun and light reflecting from below are becoming big problems, which is why I have temporarily moved my set-up to the corner.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Both of these cutie-pies are available on Ebay.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Anyway, I have been busy painting and working. Below is a small painting I did during my Thursday Small Still Life class at ARTichokes, available on Ebay. I've also been working on my big narrative painting at the studio and might even have updates to share with you in a day or so!
Friday, October 10, 2008
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Experts ponder link between creativity, mood disorders
Monday, October 06, 2008
Sunday, October 05, 2008
10-09-2008 through 10-30-2008 - Small Still Life Paintings
Join in on this fun class that is perfect for beginning as well as seasoned artists! Each week you will create your own small still life and paint it in one sitting on a small panel. Bring your favorite small subject to class, or chose from those provided. Lacey will be there to guide you as you explore a wide variety of colors, textures, and compositions.
- Thursdays October 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th 10 am - 12 pm
- Location: ARTichokes
- Cost: $145 plus tax
I've been trying to get the canvas covered on this one, in between all the other things I am working on, and I am almost there. Finally I have a week that is slim on classes and private lessons, so I hope to be able to get a lot done on this in the studio over the next few days. Since taking the reference photos for this, these lovely ladies had their babies one day after the other! I have yet to meet the little munchkins in person, but perhaps this will be a good week for that, too.