Monday, June 10, 2019
Friday, June 7, 2019
Thursday, June 6, 2019
Sunday, June 2, 2019
|Study of Val, torso, and buttocks|
Conte on Arches tinted paper
16" x 20
|I always end up covered in my medium!|
It was a beautiful day in the neighborhood, so I was able to rest and get some figure studies done. I was able to do some preliminary sketches, and then a larger drawing, in Conte, on tinted Arches paper. I've been working out some other compositions and studies for a few shows that I have coming up -- one, rather quickly, and I feel that I was still dragging "tail" a bit this month, and I'm not quite sure why. I am in the capstone session of my Master's degree program, and that is a ton of work, so that could be why as well.
I really enjoy drawing, and decided it was important to focus the figure for the next several weeks while working out this composition for these new paintings. I can't divulge what they are until the show curators give the go-ahead, so I will be quietly working on them until the appropriate time for them to be "unveiled" by the group. Sounds very mysterious, but I assure you, on my end, it's not, haha.
So, I'll leave you with these photos of today's afternoon session. And, I'm never happy unless I am covered in my medium -- when I'm drawing. I am a bit of a sculptor while drawing the figure, so getting charcoal covered is normal and kind of fun for me ;-)
Yes, these are the strange things that make an artist happy!
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
|"Study of nude and the old barn (textures)" by Hilary J. England|
oil on canvas, 16" x 20", 2019
I began this mid-month with an intensely renewed interest in the figure versus textures of the outdoors. This strange obsession must coincide with the full moon! I would say it's PMS but I haven't had an overwhelming urge for chocolate, so I cannot attribute it to that haha
Working with the group of models, it's still been rainy and hard to coordinate, but that didn't slow me down too much. I just decided to work par Coeur -- and go from there. I had a vision in my mind of what I wanted the paintings to look like -- limited palette, reminiscent of Manet, with an emphasis on the textures of the environment rather than the figure itself. Naked and unashamed, but rather, an object in the landscape rather than the actual focal point itself.
These things madden me. Trying to photograph the finished work is enough to make one want to down a gallon of moonshine -- the shadows were so deep, and the reflections wash those tones away. I tried my best and had to let it go. The painting DID have the quality I set out to capture, even if the camera would not cooperate with me. That age-old struggle will never end.
I guess I can't be too dismayed. I feel the painting is a success, even if the camera is telling me to go jump in a lake. I will attempt to re-photo it in the next few days. I'm just too tired and frustrated now. The hits don't stop because you are creating -- on the contrary, they seem to ramp up while I concentrating on a task! I was being lazy and didn't set up the lighting etc. -- it was a long day and I just didn't want to be bothered. Tomorrow! Like Scarlett said, "after all, tomorrow is another day!" ;-)
Thursday, May 16, 2019
Here is the finished painting, 12” x12” oil on hardwood gallery wrapped panel. The sides will be painted white, so it will have a beautiful modern feeling to it and will hang wired and unframed.
I really enjoyed to do this painting— it was a change painting on the wooden panel and the super smooth surface was a pleasure to paint on. I love conveying different textures, and when painting on a very smooth surface, all the depth and textural dimensions are left for my own creation, which is very enjoyable.
The Robin was in all the purple flowers and ground cover, so I gave it a minimalist, dreamy, sort of ethereal background, to keep focus on the curious robin.
I gave my robin a look of curiosity— they are very smart birds! I don’t think that the average bird is worthy of lesser treatment than the “average” person. Sure, a robin may not be a fancy schmancy bird, any more than an average person isn’t some fancy schmancy “celebrity”— but I find the humble even more beautiful than the peacocks of the world. I’ve always been attracted to that— the quiet beauty of humble objects, people, landscapes— their beauty is magnificent— and I like to treat it as such!
Cheers to the beautiful, mundane robins of the world ❤️❤️
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