July 27, 2014

Ed's Granddaughter

Another Friday painting. This time the model was our classmate Ed's granddaughter. A very bright young lady who was a great little model.

Ed Byer is a really good artist himself who does phenomenal pastel paintings. He even has one in the permanent collection of the Butler museum.

Anyway, thanks Ed for having your granddaughter sit for us.

BTW, I must apologize for including a shot of my painting with part of my easel casting a shadow at the top. But I'm too tired at the moment to re-take it. So there you are. :-)

Oil on linen - 12" x 16"

July 18, 2014

Friday Model

Not much to say here. I haven't painted too much lately so I was feeling a little rusty. I also arrived a little late so I got a late start because of set up time.

This is pretty loose (or should I say rough) as it was a mad dash to finish up.

Excuses, excuses.

Oil on canvas paper - 12 x 16

July 08, 2014

Model Stand

Wahoo!! A new addition to my studio. 

Although I really enjoy going to the Friday open studio sessions at Bay Arts, I've really been wanting to do my own thing more at home in the comfort of my own studio, but I knew if I was going to have models sit for me one of the first things I'd need is a model stand. I don't know if a model stand is something you can just go out and buy, and even if you could I wasn't sure I'd want to spend the bucks for it (I cheap out whenever I can). So just perusing pics from other people's studios and based on what I'd seen in the past I figured I could just make one... and so I did, with the help of a neighbor and his workshop of power tools.

I basically designed it and pretty much put the whole thing together myself. I think when all was said and done I spent under $75 bucks, not including the rug, and I finished the whole of the construction in one evening. Ha! Am I pleased as punch or what?

Anyway, the design is exceedingly simple. I made it very sturdy and it's pretty much pine and plywood. I added some dark stain just so it wouldn't look so bare and unfinished. There are some little gaps here and there. It's not an amazing piece of furniture, but it's not bad and it's perfect for my needs. 


Another recent Friday model at Bay Arts. I tried a little different approach from a color standpoint. I wanted to try to push the color a bit more. Unfortunately I think I may have over-reached. I think The skin tone in the warm areas of the face got a little too hot, to where she looks a little sun-burned. 

I think I'm okay with the overall handling of the paint, I'll just have to make sure I make the proper color adjustments next time. Live and learn, right?

Oil on canvas paper - 11 x 14