Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Painting Jennifer

My images from our Monday evening figure session at studio 106. As always, it's a pleasure to study the human form with paint. Jennifer was our wonderfully elegant model. On one level very inspiring, on another intimidating. A fun challenge. The first image I feel I overworked. Too many colors makes for mud. The second image isn't finished. Our session ended before I had a chance to do so. But I'm posting it because it shows some of the process, and I like aspects of it. So it sits as is.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Déjà vu at Ott and Murphy Wines

Another great performance at Ott and Murphy Wines by David Gregor and David Ossman. But this evening Eleanor Fye joined in, rounding out the duo with her lovely voice and tribute to Etta James. What a treat! The intimate space of Ott and Murphy is the perfect venue for their performances. Everyone, owners, performers and patrons, are always warm and friendly. And they have tasty wines too!

David Gregor on guitar. Playing his own music as well.
David Ossman recites poetry. His own included

A couple enjoying the performance and ambiance.

And of course a glass of Double Bluff Red.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Painting Anne

Here's a few spontaneous paintings I did of Anne Belov, an island resident and artist who's work is known nationally. She was kind enough to take the time to model for us at Studio 106 in Langley. You can see her beautiful work here... http://nothingoverlooked.wordpress.com

I'm posting these in reverse order of completion. Last first because it's the destination I liked ending up at. The series somewhat represents my process of a warm up to unleashing rather than tightening up. It's always my intent to give myself freedom to explore and have fun when drawing and painting on-location. Most importantly, to have fun. And fun I do. But freedom is a little harder to come by. Lately, though, it's been easier. I've given license for every drawing to fail. In fact I want them to fail. To have no preconceptions, no pretty washes, pile on the paint, make messes, work fast and drippy. I consider placement for a moment, then plunge. It takes practice to get there, and it's fleeting. But happening more, so on that level feel I've been successful. So here's to a 2012 full of picture-making failures!
Happy New Year!