Seasonal Art and Quick Drawings

•March 30, 2014 • Leave a Comment

We went up to the Met to see ‘The Passions of Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux’ , Ugolino and His Sons is one pieces in the permanent collection, and it was really wonderful to see the development through maquettes. His painting are also eye-opening, as is most of the exhibition. While we were there, we went over to the Japanese section where they are showing seasonal paintings. Here is my favorite, by Tani Bunchō. He painted it 7 days after seeing the scene on the night of mid-autumn of 1817.

Grasses and Moon-1870 by Tani Buncho

Here are some quick poses I did during March, that while not masterpieces, were striking in the dynamics of the poses the models took.

1 minute poses by Whitney

whitney 1 minute poses

Two minute pose by Boris, he was using a pole but it looks like he is swimming. An incredibly hard pose, even for 2 minutes!


and finally a 5 minute pose that reminded me of Tiepolo


Throwing Squiggly Pots!

•February 27, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Thursday nights at Chambers Pottery, throwing pots! The anarchist in me wants to make things that start in a geometric circle, lose their identity and head into chaosThree Lobed PotBlood,Sweat and TearsTwo Part VasePlanetoid 4Two Lobed PotSplotchy Denton

Spring – At Long Last?

•February 17, 2014 • Leave a Comment

After trudging through the ice and slush on Saturday, we dropped by the Met, and found Spring in the form of a Byzantine tapestry from Panopolis,

Byzantine head of spring
then to melancholy, with a beautiful ink drawing by Charles de La Traverse
and back to joy with a litho by Edvard Munch. A complete story, across centuries and cultures, encapsulated within a space of a few feet!.


To top it off, the “Ink” show is really superb, and gave me a new perspectiveve on Chinese modern art. As a bonus on Sunday, I saw a robin, one of the harbingers of the impending arrival of spring.

OK, now the last drawings!

•December 31, 2013 • 1 Comment

I had one more session drawing, this time with Claudia, of Museworthy fame. These are mostly with a mirror, and short 5-10 minutes. Having the mirror creates more complexity to the image and I am still working on the relationship in the drawings.

Its always a joy to work with such a wonderful model and I am looking forward to more.

5 minutes on newsprint

5 minutes on newsprint

10 minute on charcoal paper

10 minutes on charcoal paper

Not sure how to describe this pose, 5 minutes on newsprint

Not sure how to describe this pose, 5 minutes on newsprint

Last Drawings of the Year

•December 30, 2013 • 1 Comment

Here is what may be the last drawings that I post this year, done in December. I spent a whole session at Spring Studio forcing myself to draw with my left hand. Its quite a task to switch and I definitely don’t have the hand-eye coordination in my left hand as I do with my right. It does produce much less intellectual drawing.

Left-handed Betty

This is Betty, done left-handed in a 20 minute pose.

Betty and the Skull

Another left-handed drawing, this time 10 minutes

Kuan, with a mirror, with my right handed, but interesting with the mirror

Kuan, with a mirror, right-handed drawing

Closed Forms – Planetoids

•December 1, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Still working on ceramics at Chambers Pottery. Here are 2 examples of a closed form, inspired in part by the exhibition of Ken Price’s work at the Met . The closed form is interesting, internal space and external being completely separate until an additional negative space is created to link them. Without the holes, the existence of the internal space is only a conceptual idea. These 2 are approximately 4 inches in diameter.

The recent visit of Comet ISON inspired the naming.

planetoid 1b
planetoid 2
planetoid 1a

Thanksgiving Bird Man

•November 27, 2013 • Leave a Comment

At Spring Studio, around Thanksgiving, Minerva Durham likes to give lessons comparing the anatomy of humans and birds. One of the exercises is to draw the model as a bird. Its interesting to try to change the proportions and poses to fit a avian anatomy.
Happy Thanksgiving!

P1050888_manbird Here are some 2 minute poses.


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