Here's my contribution to this week's Illustration Friday theme, "satellite".
I recently unearthed an old set of oil pastels. They were languishing at the back of a bottom drawer in my studio. I'm not sure why, but I hadn't used the pastels for years. For the past couple of weeks, I've been playing around with them and having piles of fun. I'm really enjoying their soft texture, intense colour, and painterly look.
...deep at the back of the fridge, lurks a long expired container of yogurt.
This is my take on this week’s Illustration Friday theme “expired”.
(acrylics, coloured pencils, ink on Arches HP paper – 21cm x 27cm)
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Here’s a painting I’ve just finished. It’s of one of my nieces. Originally I painted the background with iridescent metallic colours in a quasi-Klimt style. Unfortunately, the background became too busy and completely overwhelmed the foreground. All the depth was lost. So, I decided to repaint the background and add a subtle reflection. I think the result is better this way.
(Acrylics on canvas – 40.5cm x 51cm)
Today I thought I would push a bit of paint around with a palette knife - something I haven't tried before.
This is my attempt to recreate the mood of a cloudscape I saw a few days ago during one of my walks. I think it turned out a little Turner-esque, don't you?
Presently, I’m taking a course in figure drawing (gesture and structure). Our homework for this week is to create “a large scale figural/’antifigural’ composition using collage as a working method”. We were asked to cut and/or tear up the drawings we did in class. The pieces are then used to either “recreate a figure pose from memory, or invent something new that stretches the limits of a recognizable figure”.
So here’s the result. Mixing collage and drawing is soooo much fun! I’m really looking forward to my next class, yippee!
(charcoal, conte crayon, matte board, torn paper - 56cm x 76cm)
I recently participated in a life drawing class. Here’s a series of charcoal sketches I did during one of our drawing exercises. In this exercise the model changed her position every 2 minutes. This gave us just enough time to convey the most important information. Great for loosening up the hand and sharpening the eye!
(charcoal on 45cm x 61cm paper)
...that sometimes confines and suffocates my creativity.
My take on this week’s Illustration Friday theme “Confined”.
Apparently, my creativity is also confined to dancing badly! Can you spot my silly mistake? (the revised version is below)
I hope you're all having a great start to the new year!
(Acrylics on Arches 140lb. hot pressed paper - 24cm x 24cm)
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A little photoshopping has solved the problem.
Greetings to everyone, et salutations à tous mes amis à ville de Québec!
Finally, I'm back after a long absence from the web and from Illustration Fridays.
I don't normally do abstracts, so this painting is a renewal of sorts. It's a renewal of endeavour and focus, and was a great way to spend some of the Xmas holidays.
(Acrylics on canvas - 122cm x 92cm)