A Painter’s Problem with Homogeneity

Miss Willowy
Watercolor on Rag Paper, 10.5×7″
This woman presents problems in the very fact that she is very slender and very young. (As a geeza myself, someone very young, from my perspective is a 20 something.) She also feels the need to apply pounds of make up to her eyes. She came in with false, one inch eyelashes with dark eyeliner and eye shadow. Hence the black eyes. 
This very beautiful young woman is buying in to all the crazy fashion propaganda that you are not good enough as you are. It’s a great strategy for selling stuff as an undermined sense of self worth makes people go out and purchase things they don’t need.
The new painting and drawing group organizer books the models. All the women so far have been of this type. The pretty, slender, young things become very boring after a few sessions. There are few curves or features that lend  specificity to the form. They are stereotypical of what the media constantly presents us as feminine beauty. 
The character of life’s experience is not there on their faces or their bodies.  So far no one has been booked who is older or heavier. No extravagant bodies have I seen. I enjoy the beauty of human variety. One thing I have learned is that everyone has their own beauty. Both artist and model bring it into the studio. The models collaborate in the record of the artists’ perceptive expression of that beauty. I am not unappreciative of youthful models. Just not all the time. I need a few wrinkles, bulges, and bumps as a record of a life lived.

T F m
November 17, 2012

Cooking Takes Precedence Over Painting


 Muscular Man
Watercolor on Rag Paper, 9.5×4.5″


This is the same man from the previous post. Done on the same day. I have been having difficulty hitting my stride lately but I think I hit it with this one.  The value is right. The color is right. I’m pleased. I have an opera this Sunday so no session with the model. The opera is something my hubby and I enjoy together so I don’t want to disturb that. 
He is a man of the physical world. My art interests him not. He has no idea how to respond thinking he has to please me rather than make some critique. He will not engage in conversation about it. But at the same time he knows how important the weekly sessions are to me. And he doesn’t want to disturb that weekly practice for me. 
I have scanned several small watercolors. Some are on masa paper and some are on rag paper like this. Thanksgiving is coming and I am hosting. My elderly mother is getting rather frail and cannot travel for very long. All her pressure points pain her if she sits in the car for too long. I live closest to her so its my house this year. At age 97 she is entitled to some consideration. Nothing pleases her more that holding court with her family.
I have been preparing as many dishes as I can ahead of time and freezing them away. It will make the actual day a little easier. Until the grand pig out is over posting will be sporadic.

T F m
November 10, 2012

Back to Painting

 Reclining Man
Watercolor on Rag Paper, 9.25×4.25″


The weddings have been attended. The artwork has been delivered to their venues.  The faculty show has opened. An opera has been attended too. Laundry has been sorted and the first load is in the washer. Now I have some time to post a few small pieces of work. 
I have found another group to paint the figure with but it’s not a long pose group. I want to resume painting with oils and long poses are prerequisite for that. I will have to organize one of those on my own. I have to find a space. The issue for those who would join is a location close enough to the city and still accessible from the suburbs to minimize travel distances. That’s especially important if we have a severe winter. Without regular sessions I get very rusty and I have to spend a lot of time bringing my skills back up to snuff.
This is a little watercolor from my current group which meets on Sunday afternoons. It’s on rag paper instead of the masa paper. It was challenging in its back lighting. I find such lighting situations difficult to pull off. I think the edge relationships are the issue. Should they be crisp hard edges at the boundaries between light and dark or should they be soft or somewhere in between. Each situation needs it’s own resolution.
I managed to come away satisfied with this little piece. Now I need more satisfaction with subsequent pieces.

T F m
November 2, 2012