Saturday, November 7, 2020

Sketches from Castlewood State Park

 Today Vihar and I went to Castlewood Park and drew. I was a little bothered by my calf which has been injured it  seems for a week. Hopefully that will improve soon. For this reason, and the reason I bring it up... we didn't hike all the way to the top but wend along the river's edge and drew.

Here are various sketches from the day. I wonder if anyone else would understand my sketches like some odd handwriting?

When things are moving around only a simple idea can be captured. Some Hispanic women with their long black hair watched as their children ran back and forth on the sand and waded their toes in the water despite signs saying nobody was to swim or wade. 

Also, a few varieties of dogs of  played as happily as the humans on the sand and jumped into the water with no hesitation.

The contrast of the various elements changed as the sky pushed clouds past. At once the water was gleaming light reflecting the sky and then the beach gleamed whiter as the water went a somber darker tone under the clouds. 

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Rehashing the Past

One thing that I want to do at some point is to go back and re-analyse or re-do some studies from the past. Early on I think because of lack of experience or not knowing how to engage full-well with the subject, I  took one approach which was naturally less eloquent. Not that I have any sort of perfect technique now, but it is interesting to re-approach subjects from the past and see how one might approach them anew.

In particular, some of my studies of the bones and anatomical breakdown of figures, I would like to take up a focused study again.
Here is an image that I did in 2006, followed by one I did more recently for comparison.



Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Looking at progress from the past

One of the points on my list was looking back at progress from the past as a gauge for current directions.

Sometimes my art comes and goes in cycles or phases. Currently, I have a rather modeled approach with markers as you can see below.

There have been times in the past when I have taken a much looser approach as in the sketches below from May, 2015. I think that I may like to try to return a bit to the immediacy of that style of sketching. Of course that was in May and we are now in December. My fingers do get numb sketching in the cold outdoors. It is probably that weather has an effect on my style choices too.

Here is another sketch from roughly the same time period which has a looseness that I like that leaves details to the imagination.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Tuesday, October 29, 2019