Monday, May 31, 2010

Charlie Painting-Day 4

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Charlie looks happier now that he's in cool garden shade. For now, I plan to paint coleus plants in front and bamboo on the upper left. And he'll be on grass; the brown is just what will peek out between the blades.

Saturday, May 29, 2010


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One year of posts today. I pulled this letterforms from three of them. Hope you've enjoyed the ride.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Charlie Painting-Day 3

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Charlie's all roughed in. I like his shape so much I'm not sure what to do with background.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Charlie Painting-Day 2

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Here's my reference photo next to my first day's work on Charlie's face.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Charlie Painting-Day 1

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Time to start painting Charlie. I'm not sure what I'll put all around him, but I like him in this position on the 18 x 18-inch board. He has a strong black shape. I'm tempted to keep the background simple rather than filling it in with Hawaiian foliage, but we'll see. I loved sketching on the untreated board, like drawing on brown paper.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Georgia-Ink Sketch

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Playing a little more with the etching idea after the Rembrandt-Lucian Freud exhibit at Toronto's Art Gallery of Ontario, I used disposable pen to ink over a five-minute pencil sketch I had made last fall of Georgia from my drawing group.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Charlie-Study 4

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While talking on the phone today, I idly sketched Charlie with a fine-tipped disposable pen. I've just returned from a trip to Toronto where the Art Gallery of Ontario had a show comparing etchings of Rembrandt and Lucian Freud. Made me wonder how Charlie might come off as an etching.