Artwork of the Days! Walter Sickert's The Dutch.
Artwork of the Day - Rembrandt's Nude Man Seated on the Ground!
Nude Man Seated on the Ground
10 x 17 cm
It was figure drawing night with model Callie. She was a first timer but did an excellent job - nice mix of poses and she was still. We had seven in attendance and made enough in donations to cover the session.
I don't think my drawings turned out well as I was distracted by some family problems throughout the evening but I am happy with the feeling I had while working. So, here's what I churned out...
Thanks to the warmer weather and a better understanding of what's been going with some personal matters, I was able to come up from my job as graphic designer, do a variety of necessary chores, eat dinner and, finally, get to working on art. I had to force myself so I'm not sure the efforts are the greatest but I am glad that I finally got around to doing something.
I spent a couple hours sitting in my bedroom / studio floor adding paint to the three sketchbook collaborations I have going with the lovely Melissa Harvil. We're a tad on the quirky side and each of the collabs show that, I think. You'll see when the photos are posted.
I also added some hues to some of the "illustrations" I was working on earlier this year. As with the collabs, I don't know. I just don't know. But... maybe they are okay.
While working, I also had DC Comics Batman: Year One playing in the background. I really like this movie and thoroughly enjoy the bulk of the story being about the future Commissioner Gordon.
Boy, I am struggling to do anything in the month of March. The weather's starting to warm up and I feel like things are getting better but concerns aplenty.
Thankfully, the stretch of days did include a Pear Street meeting on a night I was unsure about going and a fun trip to the Birmingham Museum of Art to hang out with my friend Emma and her mom. Both seemed to be doing great! The Museum was as great a thrill to visit as it was over a decade ago. Their collection of African masks and samurai armor is a real treasure as is their Bouguereau (The Boog!) painting! For this trip, they also had special exhibits by Frank Fleming, some ceramicists and the Small Treasures exhibit.
The Small Treasures exhibit featured small-format 17th-century paintings from the Dutch and Flemish Golden Age. I was able to see a mix of works by Frans Hals, Rembrandt and Vermeer. It was a wonderful exhibit with so much classical skill on display. If you haven't seen it, you should check it out before it departs on April 26.
Over the last several days, I've rewatched one of my all-time favorite movies, The Big Sleep, starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. If memory serves, it is the first Bogart film I saw and I believe I sought it out due to the tie-in to the Adventures of Philip Marlowe radio show, which was a radio series featuring Raymond Chandler's private eye, Philip Marlowe.
The Big Sleep tells the story of private detective Philip Marlowe who is hired by a rich family. Before the complex case is over, he's seen murder, blackmail, and what might be love. Synopsis courtesy imdb.com
The dialogue is witty and playful, the ladies beautiful, and the sexual tension between Bogart and Bacall palpable. I highly recommend it.
Some favored dialogue:
Vivian: What will your first step be?
Philip Marlowe: The usual one.
Vivian: I didn't know there was a usual one.
Philip Marlowe: Well sure there is, it comes complete with diagrams on page 47 of how to be a detective in 10 easy lessons correspondent school textbook and uh, your father offered me a drink.
Vivian: You must've read another one on how to be a comedian.
Another figure drawing session night. Another disappointing turnout from the local artistry. Only Melissa and I showed which was costly in a monetary sense but valuable in an art sense. Working with Andrew LoTempio, a very good model and a helluva guy, we lengthened the duration of some of the poses to best suit our drawings. I feel it helped our output.
I still feel as though I tend to labor too long on what I'm working on but I think I'm finally loosening up on feeling like I have to take in the fullness of the figure. I can focus on specific parts (head and shoulder, torso, legs and feet, etc.) and that's alright! It's all in an effort to produce interesting drawings and understand the human body.
I also did some sketches for the March 10 Coterie Meeting: Avian Real Estate - Home Selection, which will feature works inspired by the Birdhouse Arrangement that Rebecca Duncan worked up for us at our November meeting. My efforts took me to the possibility of some Lucha Libre Wrestling style face mask with a bird coming out of his month all while he wears a bow tie. We'll see...
Worked at some more cards using a mix of six hues which, save for the black, are downright Easter-y.
Artwork of the Day(s)! Paul Gauguin's Are You Jealous?
I also watched a couple movies, John Wick (with Keanu Reeves) and Disney's Big Hero Six. Both good but not great. Visuals for both were eye-popping but elements of both stories found me wanting for more.
Eric was conceived in the silence of a simple hand gesture and born in January of ‘78. He grew up interested in simple doodles of flowers and big trucks, photos of shadows and dark faces and maps, and old men with fake hair. Since, his studies have narrowed to a focus on papier-mache sculpting, acrylic painting and ink drawing. The grounds he works on vary from paper to wood to canvas.