Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas 2012

There aren't any recent works of mine Christmasy enough for this post, so I dug deep into the past and pulled out a couple wintry scenes done in colored pencil from when I lived in Pennsylvania. My style is completely different now, but I thought it would be fun to share these with you.

Early one winter morning I was up to see the twilight. Looking out I saw the deep blue of sky and snow becoming split by warmer tones near the horizon. Also there was the waning crescent moon anticipating the coming sunrise. I made a sketch and later took photos of the scene. From those I made the drawing above.

On a winter's walk in woods just outside of town I saw the trees in the scene above. Struck by the intricate lacework of the spreading branches and twigs, I got out a sketchbook and recorded my impression of the scene. Although whitetail deer frequent the area, they weren't there when I was. Someone I knew had a few captive whitetails in a fenced area, so I went to visit him. There I sketched the deer and took photos. Later I also studied photo references in library books. From those sketches and photos came the drawing shown above.

 I found the initial tree sketch the finished work is based on:


These days I prefer painting plein air, and portraits drawn from life, but would like one day to do some more studio works from references.

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Pre- Apocolyptic Mayan

Guatemalan Man, 12" x 9" Charcoal on Paper
Two days and counting, roughly. Two more days and the Mayan calendar ends. What will happen then? Will the sky fall? Will it be too late to see that movie? Will the planet implode in a thunderous clatter of collapsing tectonic plates as molten lava oozes everywhere? Will strapping firebricks to the bottom of my shoes protect me from the fiery oozing lava? Of course, there might be an inevitable and simultaneous zombie apocalypse. Maybe even Mayan zombies. I'll need a good Ulfberht sword to defend myself against apocalypsing zombies. Since millions of years of geology will be broken up in the collapse of continents, there could be zombie dinosaurs! I'll need a bazooka! So with a bazooka balanced on my shoulder, a sword in hand, firebrick strapped to my shoes, and maybe a good hat, I'll be well prepared for the impending end of the Mayan Calendar. It's about time, too. I've never been ready all the other times the world ended.

Or it may be even worse. I found this on Facebook:

So, in honor of the Mayan Apocalypse, I bring you a charcoal sketch of a Guatemalan man, shown at the top of this post. It was drawn in the weekly drawing session a few years ago, back when neither he (the model) nor I, nor anyone else in that session seemed concerned about that calendar.

Then again, maybe I'll just go for a pleasant Winter Solstice walk. If I see a movie it will most likely be "The Hobbit", and probably not until it comes to the dollar theater. Check back with me in two or three days. I'll let you know if the world ended.

For more about drawing sessions, go to "Labels" on the side bar and click on "sketching" or "drawing."

Saturday, December 15, 2012

This Week's Charcoal Portrait

Charcoal on Paper 12" x 9"
This is my sketch of the woman who modeled for our drawing session last Thursday. Three-quarter or profile views with side or edge lighting are what I usually look for at these sessions. This time, though, I went for a nearly straight-on view with flat lighting. A change-up in the set-up is good every once in a while to make one think outside of any growing comfort zones.

For more about drawing sessions, go to "Labels" on the side bar and click on "sketching" or "drawing."

Friday, December 7, 2012

Holiday Exhibits, 2012

Today, December 7, 2012, is "First Friday Gallery Stroll." Galleries stay open later than usual on the first Friday of every month so patrons can spend an evening going from one gallery to the next, enjoying the artwork on display. The gallery stroll is free, and while you're out you could have dinner at a local restaurant, or visit some of the other attractions in your town. You might even find some artwork that would make great gifts!

Here are galleries that have some of my paintings for sale: