Sunday, January 27, 2013

Nude in Progress

Detail of a nude that will be part of a series of prints based on drawings done at the weekly life drawing sessions at Argos Gallery.

Deidre, detail.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

One Night at the Tate

While visiting London a couple of years ago, Robin signed me up for an after-hours life drawing group at the Tate Modern. The event, organized by London Drawing, provided the models and the drawing materials. At first I was kind of freaked out by the slightly crappy selection of banged-up construction papers, half-dried out felt tip pens, and broken chalks. But now I’m pretty happy with the character that the not-top-of-the-line materials added to the drawings. 

At the end of the evening we taped our best drawings to the wall. I cropped one of my drawings by ripping it from its sheet of brown paper, then taped it to another drawing using the crappy remnants of masking tape I’d grabbed from the art supplies table earlier that evening. 

Later, as I contemplated how to refine some of the drawings, I realized that the memorable Tate drawing experience was best captured by ripped paper, masking tape, and dried-up marker scrawling.

One Night at the Tate
Giclée print on watercolor paper
32 x 40

Friday, January 25, 2013

Draped Cloth

Our models don't use props very often, other than a chair or stool, but props can add interest to a drawing. It definitely needs to be something easy to draw. I think a book would work. Even a cardboard box. An iPhone? A bouquet of flowers? 

Aha, got it! A wine bottle or wine glass would be very cool.  

Model with draped cloth prop.

Is it just me or does this drawing desperately need a wine glass?

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Art Exhibit

Last night the New Mexico Museum of Art held an opening for Art on the Edge, its biennial juried exhibition featuring 8 artists from New Mexico and the surrounding states. One of the 8 chosen artists for the exhibit was Greta Young, a regular in our Tuesday evening Argos Gallery drawing group.

Love Greta's work. Even if it does freak me out.

Greta with an admirer and two of her paintings. 

A chance rendezvous with Lori (musician, music therapist, dancer, singer) and Tony (artist, designer, illustrator) escalated into an aprés-exhibit chat & drink session at the nearby Milagro Ore House.  

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Freaking Out

Our drawing group's model last night was Scott. It's interesting to see the various different styles of drawing that each artist in the group creates.

For example, compare my drawing of Scott with Greta's drawing of the same model. Usually, to avoid being intrusive, I don't photograph other people’s drawings in the drawing session. But when Greta accidentally spilled red wine on her drawing, I used it as an excuse to grab a shot.  

She's freaking me out. 

I mean that in a good way.

Scott, drawn by me.

Scott (with red wine), drawn by Greta.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Month 7

Our fav preggers model (actually, our only preggers model... that we know of) is now in her seventh month. 

The studio chairs are really inadequate and uncomfortable for even ordinary models,
not to mention one who's seven months pregnant.    

Pondering motherhood, no doubt.

Just two more months . . .