Saturday, September 26, 2009

Some More Little Paintings

I'm continuing to paint these little still lives. You can see my set-up in this video, below. More videos can be soon on my YouTube channel. Right now I am simply using a cardboard box with a black cloth napkin in it to house my still life. The light is just what's coming from the ceiling fan! I also have a box that has flap windows cut into it so that I can alter the lighting, but I haven't been using it. It might be about time to play around with that, and to find something new to set my little subjects on.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Wednesday Night Open Figure Sessions!

This Wednesday is the next open figure session at Red Door Studios, 738 Armstrong Suite 200, Kansas City, KS 66101. We will work with seasoned model "Kent," who I've heard from multiple sources is great!

Below are a few drawings that were done at the previous two sessions. Come join us!

by Lacey Lewis

by Whitney White

If you were there and would like me to include your work from the sessions on my blog, just send me your images. Hope to see you all again soon!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

A Bunch of Little Paintings

This month, I have been focusing on working from life. Mainly I have been painting these little still lives (all are about 4" x 4" to 6" x 6") but I have also done a little figure drawing from life during the Wednesday night sessions and have completed a 10" x 8" pregnant figure in oil that took about 12 hours total.

I find these little still lives quite enjoyable, though I need to come up with a new setting other than my black-lined cardboard box, and will be continuing with them through the end of the month. Then, I will start on another very large figurative painting in the 'Sins' series.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Pics from the Grand Opening

Here are a couple images from the Grand Opening last Friday. It was awesome! Lots of people stopped by and the performances and art were great. Thank you to everyone who attended and to Mayor Joe Reardon for joining us to cut the ribbon.

You can see a lot more pictures from the opening on Facebook!

Betsy Barratt performing as Madame Meprise.

Clay Hughes playing his music for us.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Silver Creamer with Raspberries - 7" x 5"

I painted another little painting a couple days ago, and for the first time filmed all the progress! Unfortunately my camera doesn't capture the details, but hopefully it's still worth-while to watch.

Don't forget that tomorrow is the first long pose open figure session at Red Door Studios!

Friday, September 04, 2009

Just One Week Left Until Red Door Studios' Grand Opening!

Mark your calendars! Just one week from today is the Grand Opening of the Red Door Studios. There will be music by Clay Hughes, a performance by Madame Meprise, and art by more than a dozen visual artists. Don't miss it!

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Get Starting Next Week: New Long Pose Figure Sessions!

Photo by Nikki Moreno, Vixen Pinup Photography
Starting next week, I will be holding a weekly open figure session at the Red Door Studio. We will have one long pose the entire time, and then those attending will vote on whether we'd like to keep the same pose for the following week or if we will plan to change to a new pose.

This long-pose format allows you time to start off with thumbnail sketches so that you can work on coming up with a good composition, it allows you time to paint or sculpt or to start over if something isn't working. For those who want to work on more than one piece that night, you can feel free to move to a new location for a different view! The long pose is great for the beginner who doesn't want to feel rushed as well as for the accomplished artist who is interested in bringing their work to a higher degree of finished.

Models and themes will rotate between males and females, classic nudes and models in costume. Leading the way this month will be the lovely Eartha Delights of Two Gun Tease Burlesque! (Pictured above.) Please feel free to join us with whatever previous experience (or lack thereof) you might have. I'm looking forward to it!

Long Pose Open Figure Sessions with Eartha Delights
Wednesday, September 9th and 16th, 2009
6-9 pm
Red Door Studios
738 Armstrong, Suite 200
Kansas City, KS 66101

Later this month:
Long Pose Open Figure Sessions with Kent
Wednesday, September 23rd and 30th, 2009
6-9 pm
Red Door Studios
738 Armstrong, Suite 200
Kansas City, KS 66101