Monday, March 29, 2010

More Studio Time ...

Well... I have had a lot of time (relatively "a lot") to spend in the studio since this past week has been "Spring Break". So, as any good young college student was drinking cheap tequila out of squirt bottles and acting in such a way that would (no doubt) impress the likes of Caligula and Bacchus; I was working and painting! 

And, of course, like the good and diligent student I am, this painting I partook in was certainly class related~ 
 
Below is my "object" (part of a semester long project for my Drawing class).
I decided to paint it in an environment of light; as pertaining to the assignment for this week.



As for the painting I was working on before, I decided that now that I am adding color into the value underpainting, that I will limit my palette. So, below are three primaries plus white. Now, I may add French Ultramarine, Lemon Yellow, and Alizarin Crimson for a second triad of primaries... but primaries none the less...





Now, since I reached a point where I needed to let the above painting sit for a while and dry, I decided to start another painting; it is also somewhat related to classwork... and is also being done with a limited palette.





Sunday, March 28, 2010

Studio time...

Well... this was actually the 3rd time this week I have made it into the studio to do a little work, and thankfully, I was at least as productive as the last time (which is a far cry better than the first time this week)... the neighbor was blasting some reggae, which is much nicer than the terrible rap, but the rap did start up and I eventually had to go over and ask them to turn it down... and thankfully this went without incident.   (did I mention that they are there ALL THE TIME?!)

... here is the progress. 


Here is a wider shot of the studio... the light coming from behind the wall is the "loud" studio next door.
You can get a better appreciation of just how large the painting is from this perspective.



Here is a pic of me hamming it up after washing my brushes...


And here is it as it sits now... I have just started adding in some color.


Friday, March 26, 2010

SPRING BREAK!!!

so that means it's studio time... 

So,  after more than a little while of dealing with a little musical adversity from the studio next door, I actually settled in and got some work done... 




The painting is a big one... 36"x48"


Friday, March 19, 2010

Painting class was better...



...well, frustrations seem to have begun last week with my painting class, so it stands to reason that things started to flow during my painting class this week ... it was a bit of a struggle and a rocky start, but I settled in and was mildly satisfied by my production:


This was just the first night of a 3-4 night painting...



Thursday, March 18, 2010

On that note...

Here are a few pics of the school ;)






Thankfully... it is a lovely place and really conducive to creativity...


and it just seems like the pencil is rebelling this week...

...so I have been using brush and ink, instead of pencil.

am I having a crisis? perhaps.

What follows is from my most recent illustration class.
As you can see above, I started ambitious; but given that I was having a hard time conceiving the actions the figures I abandoned this drawing at the stage you see here (perhaps to be revisited in the future?).

So, as detailed before, I went to the brush and was able to salvage a little bit of the night... 






There is a LOT wrong with it, but it could be a lot worse. Over-all, I like it.

Oh for the love of GOD...

(interspersed amongst my rantings... work from the most recent Drawing class)

ok ok ok... I get it. 

So I am frustrated as all f_ck by my drawing class... 
A bit o' background; 
it's an intermediate to advanced figure drawing class taught by a highly respected artist.
THE FACTS:
I think my instructor is worthy of the respect he gets... he is a wonderful artist... BUT his philosophy seems to differ from mine immensely. 


I am trying...

I am REALLY trying to "get" what he is saying... what he is trying to teach... I mean, some of the things he says make sense, and I buy it -- Like; it's about relationships... how does this relate to this? or For this to be true, this must be true. (with regard to proportion and/or figurative relationships). I know these things... and yeah, sometimes I need to know this and apply this more often than I do. 


BUT... 

...his disciplinary school of thought is radically different than mine. He seems to subscribe to Abstract Expressionism. Though I am not a realist, I certainly believe in some of the fundamentals of the realist school of thought... such as you must know a figure before you can abstract that figure. My instructor does not; and this is fine. I do not judge, valuate, or really have an opinion on what one subscribes their beliefs to... 

...I just disagree.

Pure and simple. 

So I am left trying to figure out a way to salvage the semester. I just say F it. Draw what I want and how I want, but still try to hear what he is saying about relationships... and f(orget) all this rigamarole about abstracting. 

I want to be a better draughtsman, THAT is why I am in this class... to SEE better. 







Friday, March 12, 2010

Painting Class...

ugh... I wasn't feeling it this week... the paint just wasn't working for me. I was impatient and I used too much white and I let the colors mix and I didn't do a decent drawing of the subject and a whole ton of other things...

the results:




At this point, I was frustrated and decided to scrape as much paint off of it as possible... 

the result:


After this I attacked it with a turpentine soaked rag and "erased" as much as is possible with oil paint. So... I was left with a smeared canvas, no work to show for the night (other than the photographs), and an as of yet unrealized artistic vision. 

So I did this: 

 


Sorta works better, don't ya think?

Monday, March 8, 2010

Monday, March 1, 2010

a few from the stood...

as the title suggests... from the studio tonight. 

 

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

:D