Category Archives: Telling a Story

Finishing Up on Backgrounds

Last week I took a workshop on integrating figures with backgrounds. We used our personal photos as the reference and with watercolor on white paper. I learned a bit about the emotion of color and brushstrokes, but had trouble recognizing … Continue reading

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Backgrounds

This week I am taking a workshop to learn how to integrate figures with backgrounds. The idea is that the body language of the figure should be amplified by the rest of the painting. The background should be suggestive without … Continue reading

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The Polite Listener

It was so nice to be at the gallery and paint a live model, even if the poses were only for twenty minutes. The model was awesome, on the older side, and had a way of looking at us while … Continue reading

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Next Steps

I liked the way she was standing, looking down and holding one of her arms with the other. It made her look like she was thinking something over and planning some kind of action.

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An Expression of Concern

I was able to join back with my figure drawing group today and it felt great to work for three hours with such an amazing group of artists. It may only have been that the strong light flooding the model’s … Continue reading

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Be Safe, Dear Cabin!

I have been at my brother’s cabin in Colorado for the past week. Even though it has been a wet year, fire prevention is always on everyone’s minds. Every year, the area close to the cabin needs to be raked … Continue reading

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For Aunt Mary

My father and his two sisters shared some wonderful characteristics. They delighted in their families, lived with intention, and got a chuckle out of the ordinary pleasures of their days. Aunt Mary, who was the youngest and longest-lived, passed this … Continue reading

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