It's been a relief to have a little more studio time lately and that time has opened up the brain space I need to listen to something and even listen to something other than familiar pieces of music. I have truly enjoyed The Savvy Painter podcast: such a pleasure to hear painters talk at length about technique, process, inspiration, other paintings, life! Its wonderful!
From the garden behind the Shakespeare's Head building in Providence. (In the cool comfort of my air-conditioned studio) I worked back into this watercolor on panel painting with oil, using sketches and photo references. 8"x8", oil, watercolor and pencil on aquaboard.
Photography by Erik Gould. Courtesy of the RISD Museum.
This is me drawing from Degas's La Savoisienne while standing in front of Edouard Manet's portrait of Berthe Morrisot in the Impressionist Galleries at the RISD Museum.
Last fall I met photographer Erik Gould there so we could try to document the process of measuring the proportions of a painting or its parts in order to make a thumbnail sketch. Explaining this method to drawing students is time consuming and opaque, so I am deeply satisfied to have these images to make it clear, thanks Erik!
Read the article and see the photographs here. I hope you find it helpful!
Still life with Brioches (on the left is the Alsatian version called a Kouglof).
I worked back into these paintings, begun in Paris. 8"x10", gouache on cradled panel, varnished. The two below (Lilac, Euphorb, Peonies-pink and red- and a fiery red/fuchsia fluffy something made up the bouquet) are available at Studio Hop.
Still life with green apples and Monet postcard.
Delacroix's Garden (sold) was painted from sketches E. and I did together on the spot and back at the apartment, with Irises added from the Tuileries. She may post her gouache version here. I am drawn to both the formal and the emotional aspects of figures in gardens and am anxious to explore it further (again with this idea, figures in the garden but also time). Drawing with E., to whom figures come so readily, was a shot in the arm.