Figure Painting: Time Factor

Watercolor on Masa Paper, 7x5"

Watercolor on Masa Paper, 7×5″

When participating in a group session, no matter the subject matter, one has to compromise all the time. Either you come in early and stake out your position or take what’s left when you arrive. Even if you do come early you can find yourself at a disadvantage. It all depends on what the agreed upon pose is and what the location is in the room.

I found myself, for this piece, behind the model. The chair and drapery blocked much of my view to make the best of it. It’s a small, simple composition but I had enough time to add the detail required to reward the viewer for putting a nose close to the piece. I used cobalt turquoise for the drape to contrast the warm tones of the figure. It’s a favorite of mine because the particles of pigment settle to make a beautiful granulated texture. These are things you get know just by giving yourself painting experiences. I am now going to go outside and do just that! It’s a beautiful day.

T F m
September 28, 2014

Art, Painting, & Drawing Are Not Compatible With Moving

Tiny Torso,
Watercolor on Masa Paper, 3.5×2″

This little image is a piece that I found while going through items in preparation for my move to Wisconsin. Moving is hell! I have not been posting recently because of it. In spite of the fact that we have owned this house for some time and have been gradually moving things, the final stages have been almost overwhelming.
First, their were the final preparations for putting it our Illinois house on the market. I cleared out closets and kitchen stuff, moved furniture both within the house and to the new house, and cleaned, cleaned, cleaned. And that was just the stuff I did. My pack rat hubby had to agonize over his stuff and do the same for our lower level family room. I couldn’t help either. We’d just end up in a fight.
There was also some painting and patching to be done. We wanted the house to be in move-in condition. Even after all that intense activity, we expected the house to be on the market 30-60 days. It sold in 4 days and we had to scramble for a mover.
We made two trips to the new house with boxes of stuff in our little cargo trailer and unpacked them upon arrival to put things away. I had to reorganize and ruthlessly eliminate items to get everything into my storage spaces.
Moving day arrived and we were very confident. There very few boxes left and furniture had been pared down to a minimum. The truck was loaded in under 2 hours. We arrived at the new house by 1pm and the moving truck arrived by 3pm. The truck was unloaded by 5:30. I had been unpacking boxes while we waited for the truck and by 7:00, we were exhausted. We grabbed a bite to eat and went to bed.
It took 4 days to finally get things in reasonable order and three donation trips to make room. We still have a donation box at the ready. I intend to clear out even more.

T F m
September 11, 2014