First Spring Drawing

Early Spring Foliage
Ball Point Pen on Paper, 8.5×5.5″
I did this earlier this spring. The trees and shrubs leafed out later than in recent years and this reflects that transitional period between the barrenness of winter and the emerging foliage of spring. That’s a school building in the back ground. Sometimes I think the built environment can be a little ominous when mixed with vegetation no matter how planned the plantings are. 
There are two office building that I used to pass when I taught evening classes. On the way home, in the dark, were these two very white buildings with very black, rigidly spaced square windows. From my direction of travel, I could glimpse them through the trees. Everything would be dark while the buildings were brilliantly lighted and eerily white through the silhouette of trees.

Some how the buildings in the back ground in this little drawing reminds me of that. I think it’s the fact that the building are so monolithic looking with few windows. And then, there’s the empty bench. I guess with a little imagination I can make anything spooky. Go figure.

T F m
June 15, 2013

A Figurative Artist’s Treasure

Model and Artist
Watercolor on Rag Paper, 10×7″



I have often said that the model is a collaborator in the art making process. I have acknowledged that with this watercolor by including another artist in the process of drawing. I have made that choice in other paintings also. 
Artists’ models have been encumbered by a lot of stereotypes over the centuries. Women who took there clothes off for male artists were considered to be women of little standing or intelligence. Males models suffered less than women from such stereotypes. I think that has to do with how each were represented by the artists with whom they worked, and the historical context of the period in which they were active.
All I know is that models who are intelligent, emotionally present, and comfortable in their own skins seem to aid in producing the best work. That seems to be projected by them in a very palpable way.
It seems like romantic woo to say it, but I think the artists in the room, in observing the body language, and interpreting that je ne c’est quoi, capture the subtle emotional cues of the model. It’s very mysterious to me but I know some models have me going “Yay!” as they walk in the door. Others give me a ho-hum. I give this young lady a “Yay!”

T F m
June 13, 2013

I Love To Paint Stripes!

Janet, Sitting
Watercolor on Rag Paper,9.5×6″


This is Janet.  She is the best model with whom I have ever had the pleasure of working. She is intelligent and an accomplished artist in her own right. As an artist she takes interesting and challenging poses. She is a true collaborator with the artists who come to our sessions. 

Here, she has offered her artist audience striped stockings. They have a powerful graphic punch making the session something very special.

T F m
June 11, 2013

Third DrawingOn the Theme of Waiting

Waiting with Coffee
Ball Point Pen on Paper, 8.5×5.5″
This man got up to leave before I could develop this drawing any further. I liked the large coffee and his hat on the table in front of him. 

T F m
June 3, 2013