I want to start adding figures of people to my paintings, but for me, capturing a likeness of someone on a canvas is very difficult.
Today I’m reading a book called “Drawing The Head & Figure” by Jack Hamm. Click here for a link to this book. Being a visual learner, Jack Hamm’s book does it for me. His step-by-step drawings present good visual explanations of the structure of the head & figure and how to draw them.
I have a large sketch pad and am practicing what I learned from this book while watching T.V.. This way I have many opportunities to quickly draw the same face while it is changing expression and direction.
By filling the page with egg shapes and directional markings, I can quickly switch back and forth as the head turns.
This is a view of Mount Whiteface in Waterville Valley, N.H., from The N.H. Lakes Region. I new this would be a painting lesson in pushing the mountain back into the distance, far away from the trees in the snow covered foreground. It was a clear day, and the clouds were casting dark shadows on the mountain range. Not having my painting equipment with me, I snapped this photo and worked on this painting in the studio.
I used the white birches and snow to show foreground, and muted colors in the mountain range to show distance.
Of course, you can’t tell from this photo, but it was about 32 degrees this morning. We wanted to see what it is like painting in the COLD. We actually were able to last about 2 hours. As you can see we really bundle up with layers and then try to have everything all set before we go out – paint on the palette, handwarmers, and foot warmers.
Sheep, goats, and cattle enjoying a warm morning at Taylor-Bray Farm in Yarmouth Port.
My mind was set on painting the sheep grazing in this pasture. Then I noticed the sunlight highlighting the foliage on the trees.
I went to work on the the foliage. (This is were I only needed to make color notes on my canvas of the foliage so I could get back to painting the sheep).
The light changed quickly, and the sheep moved to the back of the pasture, ugh! I didn’t take the time to block in a few of the sheep that made up my composition. It was time to stop… WIPE IT OUT! Yes, it’s o.k., it is my painting and there will be others… Continue reading “Patience” at Taylor-Bray Farm -Catherine→