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Figure drawing event, Sketchbook look.

Sketching from life at Studio in Alpharetta.

We had such a great model, she made my job easy. Mona had great poses and locked it in for sets of 1, 3 5 10 and 15 minute.

I started with a red “Supracolor II soft made by Caran d’Ache“, (more) pencil, very soft , but I was alway able to find an edge and get tight when I wanted.  At first, I went back and forth and, finally settled on red. The end results were more than I hoped for.Drawing of a woman, 1 min, on oct 27, 2016, by Alex Feliciano
Drawing of a woman, 1 min, on oct 27, 2016, by Alex Feliciano
Drawing of a woman, 1 min, on oct 27, 2016, by Alex Feliciano
Drawing of a woman, 1 min, on oct 27, 2016, by Alex Feliciano
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Drawing of a woman, 1 min, on oct 27, 2016, by Alex Feliciano
Drawing of a woman, 1 min, on oct 27, 2016, by Alex Feliciano
Drawing of a woman, 1 min, on oct 27, 2016, by Alex Feliciano
Drawing of a woman, 1 min, on oct 27, 2016, by Alex Feliciano
Drawing of a woman, 1 min, on oct 27, 2016, by Alex Feliciano
Drawing of a woman, 1 min, on oct 27, 2016, by Alex Feliciano
Drawing of a woman, 1 min, on oct 27, 2016, by Alex Feliciano
Drawing of a woman, 1 min, on oct 27, 2016, by Alex Feliciano
Drawing of a woman, 1 min, on oct 27, 2016, by Alex Feliciano
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Drawing of a woman, 1 min, on oct 27, 2016, by Alex Feliciano
Drawing of a woman, 1 min, on oct 27, 2016, by Alex Feliciano
Drawing of a woman, 1 min, on oct 27, 2016, by Alex Feliciano
Drawing of a woman, 1 min, on oct 27, 2016, by Alex Feliciano
Drawing of a woman, 1 min, on oct 27, 2016, by Alex Feliciano
Drawing of a woman, 1 min, on oct 27, 2016, by Alex Feliciano
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Drawing of a woman, 1 min, on oct 27, 2016, by Alex Feliciano
Drawing of a woman, 1 min, on oct 27, 2016, by Alex Feliciano

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More heads and cardboard

Making costumes for Halloween! We have started early this year. All cardboard and maybe some paint this year. Yes it’s a giant animal head.
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This is where I’m at, as of last night. Tonight will be a coin flip sleep or ears.

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Starting with some basic shapes i’m worked the muzzle and eyes in, I built some shoulder pads (not pictured) and plan on mounting this to them.

 
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Here is Gio modeling it, ears and paws are next… stay tuned.

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Painting number two, “Findings”, digging into the archives for new painting.

The act of discovery is something that set the senses a tingle. While I was digging through old sketchbooks for inspiration, and came across this ink drawing it’s 3.5″x5″.  I’m going to use it for painting number two, working title: Findings. I hope I can keep the spirit of the drawing in the new painting. img_3899-1 I used the attitude in a quick sketch for the painting, The canvas is oriented in portrait and slightly larger. I’m trimming some of the negative space, I hope this doesn’t kill the mood that makes the ink sketch special.img_3900-1Digging the toes on the left. This sketch has a lot of new elements and is different than the small original but i think it will still work.

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Preparing a canvas with some fun design work. When I have a canvas that has some work on it, it feels less intimidating. I plays better with my ideas than a scary blank canvas.img_3902

Putting down some line work, finding the spacing and working out the feet.

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Painting, it begins..again

I have been spending a lot of time this year sketching, in ‘@FiftyThree‘ s Paper53 app on the ipad or at the live drawing events held by #Alpharetta Figure Drawing/Painting Group. I think it’s time to start painting now. Working with brushes is flowing like it should. I start to paint after the kids go to bed then I lookup… and the sun is peeking in. Feels great to lose that much time.

Three 40″x30″ canvases, and I have a 40″x70″ that i need to sand and surface. These pieces are still in progress, the one in the center is close to being done.

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Working on some, overdue, new pieces for #‎sisandmoon‬‘s. Lots of work to do but it’s coming out like it hasn’t in awhile.

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Green dog is going to get finished. it has been kicking around the studio for a few years. this one is going to be therapeutic.

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Maggie on Yellow is now in the FaceBook shop.

Little Paintings of Maggie available now in the shop, only on Facebook. They are 5x7ish acrylic, ink and pencil on paper $40. (These are signed originals.)

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Maggie on yellow 1 of 6, acrylic on paper 5×6 inches.

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Maggie on yellow 2 of 6, acrylic on paper 5×6 inches.

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Maggie on yellow 3 of 6, acrylic on paper 5×6 inches.

IMG_1527Maggie on yellow 4 of 6, acrylic on paper 5×6 inches.

 

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Maggie waiting for dinner. She’s hungry but patiently waits for the house to settle down before she starts to howl.

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It was hot

An AC malfunction, or a reason to get naked

I came home early it was hot. Flicked controls on the thermostat. Nothing worked, which way is on? Heat cause it’s hot, that doesn’t sound wrong. Open a window, fiddled with the lock, left or right, it would not pop. Sweat, just a drop. That was it for me. I did care who might see. Flung coat and sweater over my head, shed skirt and tights passed my feet, now lounge bare to enjoyed the heat.

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This is one of  the “sketches of spring” I will be attempting to make one a day, enjoy and share.

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New Suit

By the Pool in a new suit

New Suit

The first warm day, the air is clean.
I was to long curled within, sun nibbles willing skin.
I dip my toe, that’s as far as I will go.

Nothing is getting wet. The suit I bought to match the lot, will wait till it is hot.
I smile as the children play, enticing me to join the fray.
From chattering teeth they shout ‘COME IN’, but it’s a bit too cold to swim.

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This is one of  the “sketches of spring” I will be attempting to make one a day, enjoy and share.

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Early

woman sitting on a sandy landscape

Fifteen minutes that’s all I get. Just time enough, time to sit. It’s just three take-five’s rolled in one. Early is on time for some.  Just me, my time to breath. I see a spot and feel the breeze. The sun warm on my skin, feet in sand the cool below. Alone but soon they’ll show, In my head I’ll greet them all, “Hello, and welcome y’all”.
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This is one of  the “sketches of spring” I will be attempting to make one a day, enjoy and share.

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Figure drawing event, Sketchbook look.

More figure drawing. I skipped into the figure drawing event today, like a kid going to get ice cream. The model was super and the lighting was challenging (in a good way).

The short 3 and 5 minute poses came first, then a cookie break and then back to drawing with some longer poses.

This time I didn’t forget to note the times for each drawing.

A three minute pose.

Getting into the 3 Minute thing, But I miss my blue pencil.

This one was super awesome, the model was doing a scary ‘ROAR’ pose but kept laughing. Looking at again I think I was able to get that in the drawing.

More three’s

Now some five minute drawings, the light is good on this one. going from 3 min to 5 min feels decadent.

The model has a pole, really focusing in on the hands and fingers.

Another pole 5 minute pole.

A 10 minute pose and I didn’t know what to do with myself, I spent the extra time on the hair.

Toes are very important. I continued working on the head (on the next page) after i ran out of space


Head hair and face, part of the previous 10 minute.

A twenty minute drawing, up went the hair. A had lots of time to think and see shadows.

The model picked up a guitar and I couldn’t resist working on the feet. They very rarely sit still. 20 min to be continued on the next page.
A quick Fun Fact: When I was in school our teacher, Mr Wyroba, had us draw 50 hands and 50 feet. At the time was was perplexed at the breath of such an undertaking. I remember the Michelangelo hand drawings and photocopies out of the ‘Anatomy for the Artist’ hands being passed around like they where cheat sheets. There were also the empty threats to do all fifty as middle finger salutes. I am so grateful for the support of my classmates and that lesson. I talk about the importance of hands and feet as a form of expression when ever I get the chance.

With 5 minutes-ish left I wanted to work on her hand holding the guitar.

Back to the feet for the last minute.

With this 20 minute I wanted to map some color. The light was taunting me with blue shadows.

Yes that is a giant guitar, very flat and it was hard to change my paradigm so I wrote it in.

A nice outline.

The last 15 minute, I think the model fell asleep on this one, I was able to focus on the face here.

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Fly go by

woman flinging her top like a rubber band

Fly go by

Buzz buzz a nasty thing woke me from a sun filled dream. I saw a Fly go by, so I took my top off and sent it high. I pulled and pulled till the strings went twang then I launched at that tiny thing. It took a sec I used my eye aiming carefully down the line. The Fly saw me cocking back and almost had a heart attack. With a bit of a huff the fly began to fuss. “Me!” it said, “Oh no, why would you go semi-nude, just to swat this awesome dude”.

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This is one of  the “sketches of spring” I will be attempting to make one a day, enjoy and share.

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Fields of Flowers

 Fields of flowers

Fields of flowers first pink and blue, I bought a suit that will sneak me through. Then today purple and yellow. I have been waiting all week things are on schedule. I bought this suit weeks ago to match a landscape, I’m not allowed to go. The bunnies will be playing ball, I will creep softly among them all. They will not see me. ‘Shh’, is what I think as one comes near. I hold my breath with hope and fear. It’s little nose sniffs the air. I feel so happy then I see… they are all staring at me. All at once they charge my way. I jump but i’m too slow. They tickle me from head to toe. I guess they just want to play.

This is one of  the “sketches of spring” I will be attempting to make one a day, enjoy and share.