Archive for November, 2015

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Art Every Day Month, day 30

A work in progress for you today, the very last day of Art Every Day Month. Today my expressive drawing course is tackling architecture, which is a different challenge than we’ve had so far. Mostly we’ve been looking at organic shapes until now. How to maintain expressiveness while communicating straight lines and right angles? I […]

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Art Every Day Month, day 29

The end of the month is sneaking up on us, I fear. Today I took an unsuccessful piece from earlier in the month and worked a portrait on top of it. I enjoyed the process but I think I took it a little too far – it was more interesting when more of the earlier […]

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Art Every Day Month, day 28

Today’s assignment was to draw a series of Muybridge poses using layers of gesso and marks-all pencil. I tried it twice, but I’m still disappointed with the results. Both would have been better if I had overlapped the figures more, been more forceful with the pencil marks, and been more expressive with my mark-making. Probably […]

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Art Evert Day Month, day 27

OK, I don’t really know what’s going on here. There are bits I like, here and there, so overall I’m going to consider it a successful experiment with a new technique. This week my online course is all about pushing things further by building up layers. This piece has many layers of inks and ink […]

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Art Every Day Month, day 26

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I baked a pumpkin pie this morning and now the whole house smells like pie and I’m wondering how I’m going to keep myself from eating the pie before dinner tonight. This was an exercise in discipline, in a way. The idea was to build up the image using only ink wash […]

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Art Every Day Month, day 25

This was an exercise in adding and taking away using pencils, graphite powder, and erasers, leaving a history of mark-making on the page. I think I could have pushed it further, but I started to run out of daylight. I’ve found that I can work comfortably after dark with bolder materials such as ink and […]

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Art Every Day Month, day 24

For this one I used the exact same reference photos in the same configuration as my piece from two days ago. I almost ever do this, but I figure there’s probably a lot to be learned from repeating an exercise so closely. For this one I wasn’t happy with how faint the white ink was, […]

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Art Every Day Month, day 23

More experimenting with my new white ink today. As suspected, it’s not as obvious on white paper, even when layered into dark areas. It does add some nice subtle tonal variations in some spots, however. I should try it on a flat surface, where it will have the chance to pool instead of just dripping […]

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Art Every Day Month, day 22

Yay, new art supplies arrived today. I had made an order a while ago, but there were a couple things out of stock that finally got here. One of them was white ink, which I have never worked with before. To test it out, I decided to try the three faces exercise again. I used […]

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Art Every Day Month, day 21

Experiments in expressive portraiture today. I was especially trying to not make the two halves of the face symmetrical. I probably could have pushed it further – will work on this one some more and see what happens.

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Art Every Day Month, day 20

I seem to be in a pattern this week, always thinking that tomorrow I’ll have more time for making art. To be fair, I’ve been busy with art-related activities, if not necessarily the making of it. Tomorrow I’m hanging another show, so today I’ve been occupied with choosing work, making labels, and the like. After […]

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Art Every Day Month, day 19

Today I drew three portraits on top of each other, another exercise in my expressive drawing course. It’s interesting, having this course overlap with Art Every Day Month – most of these exercises are things I wouldn’t normally post, but I have enjoyed all the feedback they’ve received. Perhaps I should be posting experiments all […]

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Art Every Day Month, day 18

Another quick expressive experiment today, with pools of ink swirling around on wet paper. I was hoping to have more time for art this week, but so far it hasn’t worked out. Hopefully I’ll have a more interesting piece to share tomorrow.

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Art Every Day Month, day 17

Playing around with expressive drawing in ink today. I don’t think this one’s quite done, but I want to get something posted before I head to bed. Still struggling to catch up with all the things I was putting off last week when I was preparing for my presentation. Will be back on top of […]

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Art Every Day Month, day 16

Barely getting a post up for today, but I made it. Just fit in a couple of expressive drawing exercises this evening. Thank you so much to all of you who have said lovely encouraging things in the lead-up to my presentation yesterday. I am happy to say that it went really well, despite the […]

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Art Every Day Month, day 15

Today’s the day: my presentation at the Edinburgh Art Fair is this afternoon. I will be so happy when it’s over (assuming I don’t do a terrible job). I’m looking forward to having space in my brain to focus on other things again. These are more experiments with ink. I struggled with the way this […]

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Art Every Day Month, day 14

Playing around with ink today. Got the paper very wet and just experimented. This week I’ve learned that the two types of heavy-duty drawing paper I have respond very differently to wet materials. Tomorrow I’m giving a presentation about my work at the Edinburgh Art Fair. I’m pretty nervous about it, but optimistic that I […]

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Art Every Day Month, day 13

Some more figure drawing today, working quickly with different materials. Above is charcoal (stick and pencil); below is ink wash and pen.

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Art Every Day Month, day 12

Another experiment today. This one is graphite powder, pencil, and charcoal on drawing paper coated with linseed oil. I must have spread the oil a bit too thick, because in spots (such as the big diamond-shaped area on his chest) it seemed to suck up the materials and refused to let them go. So I […]

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Art Every Day Month, day 11

This was done with two pencils taped together, a black charcoal and a red conte, plus a bit of white pastel. The idea was to produce some unexpected lines and expressiveness. Not my favorite portrait drawing of the week, but it was an interesting exercise nonetheless.

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Art Every Day month, day 10

Today I noodled around with some ink blot faces. This was really fun, and I want to come back to this exercise next week when I have more time. I’m really getting a lot out of this online course I am taking from Gillian Lee Smith. If you’re looking to challenge and improve your drawing […]

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Art Every Day Month, day 9

Another expressive portrait for you today, in charcoal and white pastel. I might come back and work on this one some more, but I’ll let it sit for a day or two, first.

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Art Every Day Month, day 8

I love owls. I can’t believe it’s never occurred to me to draw one before. OK, so it’s not that unbelievable – I rarely draw animals. Now I’m thinking owls might need to become a regular subject, because they are so much fun to look at. Again the idea with this drawing was to stay […]

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Art Every Day Month, day 7

Today’s exercise was to draw an expressive bee. How did I do? I had to stop after 15 minutes or so, because I was too tempted to start adding more details and making it look more like the photograph, rather than leaving it loose and expressive. Maybe I should have pushed myself to keep going […]

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