Thursday, November 27, 2008

Open Studios


I and many of the students in the MFA program are opening up their studios to the public in a couple of weeks. This event is to give people the rare opportunity to see what work is being done in there and, of course, buy some good art.

Open studios will be on Dec 6th at 11:00 am at 701 Chestnut St San Francisco CA 94133

I look forward to seeing you there.

Ross

Friday, November 21, 2008

Three classes, three projects

This post is a little late in coming. Sorry, things have been busy lately. This time I have three projects to talk about, two of which I am pleased with and one I am not.

Let's start with one I am happy with. The painting to your left is a one day multi-figure pose from my expressive painting class. This is the first painting I have done since my final project from my situation and environment class last spring. I enjoyed painting this one. The instructor set up the pose and instructed us to keep to simplify the information in the painting. Having just looked at the artist Euan Uglow I thought I would try breaking down the surface planes into geometric fields. I also felt the the models were actually to far apart in the situation that was set up. So, I moved them closer together in my composition. Overall I was pleased with it. It is 18" x 24" oil on panel.

One problem I had to overcome was the model sitting on the floor had to change her pose after I set up my composition. I had no problem with her changing as it hurt and she wouldn't have been able to hold it. I was faced with a decision once she changed her pose. Painting her how she sat meant her leg would run off the panel. I could change the who composition, attempt to paint the old pose, or figure out something that wouldn't make the leg running off look like a mistake. I chose the latter. I think it works.

This next is the one I am not happy with. this comes from my figure painting class. This is a three day pose were the model is lit by two light sources, natural and artificial. This was way beyond me this time. I struggled with everything. The drawing is off, the values are wrong and the color is weird. Notice how the figure seems to have a beard. I decided to do the artificial light only pose for the next painting.

The thing I did like about this painting was the experience of working with natural light. I don't do it that often so it was good to try to stretch myself a little bit. If it was only natural light I would have liked that more. Two light sources is tough stuff, especially when the lights are very different temperatures.

This last one is a drawing for my figure drawing class. It may not look like a completed drawing but it is. The instructor asked us do copy an illustration by drawing the structure only using only line.

The process that he teaches is one where you draw the structure in line first then work the values next. This process works well for me and I enjoy thinking in these steps.

Since this was an assignment of finding and drawing the structure of the form from another drawing, I spent more time on the structure than I usually do. I mapped more detail in the structure than I normally do. We are now asked to do the same drawing again but this time doing a full value rendering.

This is a copy of a drawing by Pierre-Paul Prud'hon. It is 18" x 24"

Ross

Friday, November 7, 2008

One Painting and Three Drawings

The first one I want to talk about is the painting I did for the homework assignment for my figure painting class. It is not as complete as I wanted it to be when I turned it in, but it is about 90% there. I like this painting. It is turning out to be much better than I expected.

The feedback I received from my instructor was that I needed to work on my edge control. Specifically the edge of the right side of the body does not have enough variance in the hard and soft edges to help create form. Doing this would give a better sense of form and depth as it would create the sense of the form turning. I also need to add more structure to certain parts, such as the feet, not more detail but be more accurate with the structure. The structure would make the painting look more complete. I was also advised to keep the detail to a minimum the further away from the focal point. This gives the focal point a stronger sense of detail.

The other thing I want to work on is the face. The people I've asked about this say it doesn't bother them so it may be less of a concern than I think but I want to correct a few things to make me feel better about it. I feel it looks a little sloppy and I want to clean it up a little.

This next one is the charcoal drawing in figure studio class. It is not a finished drawing, I haven't completed one yet in that class. This is fine because I am learning and that is much more important than completing a drawing. I like the torso in this one, which is the most complete part of the figure. My instructor remarked that I had done a good job on this part. The feed back was that I had drawing the leg to long, He pointed that out a point where I could correct it. Over all I am pleased with the drawing and think it would be nice to work on this for a few days rather than just one.
This next one is the homework assignment for that same class. This is a copy of Rembrandt's Bathing Bathsheba. I have had this one critiqued yet as it is not due until next week. I finished Wednesday think it was due. So I will turn it in next week and I will tell you what feedback I get on it.

Ross