Three Male Figure Paintings

Male Figures (Triptych)
Watercolor on Masa Paper,
7.25×5.5″ (Left & Right),  5.5×7.25″ (Center)


I painted these mid-summer with a group that is, unfortunately, far from home. It takes and hour to get there. I am told by a dear friend that they have a new location that is a little closer. However, they don’t do long poses like my previous group did. It was the only group I know of that focused on long poses for a completed work. That’s what I really miss.
It was very hot in there location which was above a bar in a far western suburb of Chicago. I was dripping sweat into my watercolors. The rather noisy patrons on the lower level had no idea what was going on upstairs. Thankfully! 
I am seriously considering retirement from my teaching job. My hubby has already retired and he wants to be able to pick up and go without any constraints. I am thinking along the same lines. I’ll do a workshop here and there and will send out proposals for that. I’ll travel if invited as well. 
Now I have to make the final decision and decide if it will be this semester or next semester. I think next semester.


T F m
October 12, 2012

Old Favorites: Chair Drawing

Leather Chairs
Ball Point Pen on Paper, 5.5×8.5″

This is another drawing of chairs. I turn to them whenever I am at a loss for subject matter. I have said it many times that chairs are very evocative. They are stand-ins for people. They remind us of the absence of family or friends. They convey a sense of expectancy in that someone could come along at any time and sit down. They can have complex structures. And when they are left at random they can create even more shapes in their overlapping legs and arms and in their negative spaces. They can be fascinating on a formal level alone. And I have treated them in all these ways.

Now with an air of expectancy I am cutting this post short. Tomorrow my first born will wed his lovely sweetheart. My hubby and I have been doing high fives for the last 10 months in anticipation.  Tonight is the rehearsal and dinner. Tomorrow is the event with much music, dancing, simcha, and kvelling. Pictures to come.

T F m
October 5, 2012

Benefits of Drawing Shorthand

Ladies at Breakfast
Ballpoint Pen on Paper, 5.5×8.5″

It’s in a situation like this one that best illustrates the benefit of minimal mark shorthand.  I went to breakfast when my kitchen had been invaded by bunch of guys. (Don’t Ask!) To get out of the house I went to a local restaurant. While I was there I spotted these ladies sharing their friendship over breakfast and began to draw. My minimal mark drawing exercises really pay off in circumstance like these. I have to draw fast and make every mark count. These women were unaware of my drawing them and I had to catch them while they moved about. I have to find the right synthesis for all the slight changes in position to make a coherent whole. 
I was thinking about how to bring this to the painted surface and made some color notations in the upper left corner. The colors I have indicated are not what was in the restaurant. This place was painted in monochrome beige. Boring! I was thinking of something with a little more punch.
Restaurants are interesting places to observe human interaction and relationships. Whether it’s friends, families, or business associates one can easily determine the pecking order in the group. Who has the power? Which are based on equality. Which groups are animated or not. All these reveal a group dynamic. I love to people-watch and restaurants are ideal places to see what the human parade will reveal.


T F m
October 1, 2012