Figure Drawing January 27th, 2020

•January 28, 2020 • 1 Comment

I’ve been keeping time at Steve’s but yesterday I kept attendance as well. I’m getting better at that. So I was a bit distracted especially during the early poses.

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and the timelapse video of the drawing:

Painting from Life January 9th & 16th, 2020

•January 23, 2020 • 3 Comments

I still am not quite processing that it is 2020. How did we get here?!?

Anyhow , ┬ánow that the holidays are officially a distant memory it’s time to get back to a somewhat normal routine. For me that includes attendance at the Thursday Art Group without a Name at the Hungerford.

Rina is a great model. Despite it feeling like it was 90 degrees in the room she managed to stay awake for us.

First session:

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Second session. Thankfully it was no where near as hot in the studio the second sit and everyone coped much better. Rina is a great model and I hope that I get the opportunity to paint her again. I don’t feel like I captured her upbeat spirit in this one. Always something else to reach for….

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I am happier with my art and my life these days. I find myself moving forward into a future that isn’t necessarily what I had planned on but seems to be filled with promises. I am looking forward to seeing what life has in store next.

I hope that your dreams are coming true as well. Both those that you were aware of and the ones that came as a surprise.

Figure Drawing January 12th & 13th, 2020

•January 14, 2020 • 2 Comments

Not much to say today so here are some pictures of a couple of figure drawing sessions from this weekend. (Sunday and Monday are my weekend.)

Sunday night at Art Center of Rochester

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Timelapse:

Monday night at Steve Carpenter’s Art Center

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Timelapse:

Figure Drawing January 6th, 2020

•January 7, 2020 • 1 Comment

It’s a New Year. A lot has changed. Some of it very recently.

Life is different and my future is not as clear to me as it once was. But life is like that. We adapt and overcome.

One thing is for sure, I would like to continue to practice and improve as an artist. To that end I will continue to attend Figure Drawing at Steve’s every Monday that I can.

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and the time lapse video of me working on this:

 

For the New Year or at anytime…. be sure to stop and remember what is important to you in life. Tell the people that are important to you that you love them. Hug them as often as you can.

Do something that you have always wanted to do.

Take emotional risks and grow as a human.

Love hard and leave your mark on your loved one’s souls. You never know what it might be carrying them through later.

 

Art Group Without a Name December 5th, 2019

•December 11, 2019 • 1 Comment

Oh. I almost forgot to post this one.

We normally have the models for two sessions on Thursdays. This month because of the holiday we only had one session with Lightning. I decided not to paint and to try to draw instead. If nothing else it was FAR easier to transport my supplies.

I haven’t done just a plain ol normal drawing from life in quite a while. I was not feeling well at all that day so it worked out well to have a simpler way to work.

I don’t particularly care for the texture on this particular paper but I did kind of like working on this color. So I may see if there is something else I could try with it in the future.

I asked my Facebook friends what medium I should dig back out and scratchboard was suggested so I am going to see if I can figure out what I did with that stuff and make something fun with that soon.

Anyway…. here is Harold (or Lightning).

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I do spend a colossal amount of time making art that I have no plans for. I guess this isn’t the smartest thing to do in some ways…. but I think the sanity it brings me is worth it.

Just saw something that really bugs me about this drawing…. now I need to stop looking at it.

 

Figure Drawing December 9th, 2019

•December 10, 2019 • Leave a Comment

I really enjoy going to Figure Drawing on Mondays. I enjoy the group that Steve has surrounded himself with. I appreciate the time that I am able to blot out the rest of the chaos that life has to offer. Some times I even like the drawings that I do.

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If Youtube is cooperating today the timelapse video should be below.

 

None of us know what tomorrow will bring but for today I am glad for the time that I have been able to spend at Steve’s, the things that I have learned there and the people that I have met there.

I hope to continue to be a Monday night fixture for a very long time to come.

an End and a Beginning

•December 2, 2019 • 2 Comments

This is the next full painting that I made after my show opened. I made it for the group show Magic & Mayhem that will be opening at Whitman Works this Friday.

I’ve been a bit out of it so they don’t even have a name. I don’t know if Derek named the piece or left it as Untitled.

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This is most unfortunately the last painting that I will be delivering to Whitman Works. They have decided to close the gallery. This will be the last show. After this show closes (the end of December) they will have a sale to get rid of some of the remaining inventory (discount will come out of the gallery’s commission…. the artists will still receive their full percentages) and the doors will close January 25th 2020.

It was a good run. I have very much enjoyed being at Whitman. It was my first real gallery experience and I have nothing but good things to say about the owners Derek and Carol. Anywhere else that I go to eventually will have a lot to live up to.

That being said I am not ready to jump into another gallery at the moment. I will have a new space shortly to house my work. It will be a work space and a place to hang my work up. I will announce details about that soon. For now I can tell you that it is not going to be at the Hungerford Building. I did try to get in there but when they were full I decided to look elsewhere. I think that this new situation will work out even better than Hungerford would have but time will tell.

Thank you again to everyone that has supported me – everyone who has been to Whitman Works – and especially everyone who has opted to adopt a piece of my art into your home or upon your person.

I am incredibly honored by the support that I have in my life.

Thank you.