Thursday, May 29, 2008
graphite pencil on Strathmore drawing paper, 14x17"
On Wednesdays I join a group of artists to work from a model. While in theory its a painting group, lately I have been just doing pencil drawings. This is the drawing from this week; my favorite part was doing Tirza's elegant legs and feet!
Friday, May 23, 2008
oil on panel, 18x18"
Finally! I got my new computer yesterday and its a thing of beauty.
Finally! I did manage to get this painting done; I hate to admit to how many hours (weeks!) it took. I think there are 112 buttons, but I lose track as I count... While I normally work from a still life, for this one I relied primarily on a photo for two reasons: I found the spilled buttons really confusing to my eye, plus I set up the still life on my bed, just playing around. Not a good plan for a painting of this size, as I really did want to continue using my bed :-)
White buttons on a white background. A semi-insane choice; this was a huge challenge. It was also very satisfying in an odd way. I'm thinking of doing the buttons again, on a dark background this time, or maybe in their jar.... but I also went to a classic car show last weekend so maybe a car next? Its always a mystery.
New Title: I had originally posted this as Things You Can Spill, thinking about spilling buttons out of a jar. A friend suggested the change, which I think is brilliant!