Sunday, October 31, 2010

Today's Class

Today we worked on painting portraits from life with John Ebersberger. He expected a lot from us and I like it that way. He makes us really try to take it further than we have before. We had yesterday afternoon and today to work on it. Again, I was trying to establish the planes of the face. I can see places where I would like to adjust but for the amount of time that we had to work on it, I am very happy.
Today's model is Jessica Terneus.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


This is Brenda Redding who modeled for my Pastel Portrait class. She is a lovely woman and I hope one day to be able to work with her again. She has a natural classy sweetness that I feel I did not capture. I would love to paint her in oils...or even attempt another pastel of her...but this time I would have her in a more natural pose. This pose was for several artists and she had to sit in a position that would work for all of us. It was a good experience and made me want to really learn to work with pastels more. Thank you, Brenda for doing such a lovely job!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Galesville, Maryland Dingy

Today I found a little hamlet called Galesville on the West River just a few minutes from where I am staying in Edgewater. I am going to go back here again and again to paint if I have any say in the matter. I sat at the end of a dock and painted this dingy. It kept swing in the breeze but I did a pretty careful study before I started painting so it didn't matter too much if it bobbed around. after I finished painting I met a man who was tying raw chicken to strings and dropping the chicken in the water and then tying the other end to the dock. I had to ask him what he was doing and he told me that he was "chicken necking." You use raw chicken necks as bait. when you see the string tightened you gently pull it up and with a net, you catch crabs! Now I have to buy some chicken nicks and borrow a fishing net and catch myself some crabs for dinner one night!