Keeping Up with the Basics

It’s important to practice figure drawing once in a while, just to stay fresh. Since models aren’t always easy to find or afford, sites like this are fantastic to help artists keep in practice. I spent a couple hours creating gesture drawings today. Since the point was to study anatomy, not make a pretty picture, many of the drawings aren’t worth sharing. Here are a few that came out all right.

Eleven and a half minute study:

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Thirty minute study:

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Two minute study:

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Some Parrot

I painted a parrot.

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Some Parrot. Watercolor and ink on paper. 5″ x 5″.

Unframed: $150

Hunter and Hunted

Today I painted a lion and a gazelle.

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Hunter. Watercolor and ink on paper. 5″ x 5″.

Unframed: $150

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Hunted. Watercolor and ink on paper. 5″ x 5″.

Unframed: $150.00

Beautiful Strangers

As my loyal blog follower, you have surely noticed my works’ subject matter has shifted from places to people. This shift has not been easy. I strongly dislike working from photographs, but cannot afford to hire private models. So many of my people paintings have been painted secretly, on trains, at open mics, and in crowded bowling allies.

If I perceive the stranger depicted isn’t paying attention to me (the weirdo with her paints out in public), I will create one of these quick portraits.  I do not know these women. They do not know me.

Despite not know these anonymous women, I think the portraits capture a lot of personality. The colors chosen show if the stranger is warmly approachable or distantly cold. Their expressions give a glimpse into their inner characters.

I hope to keep painting portraits. My goal is to soon hire a beautiful stranger to model so I may flesh out one of these wet sketch into a completed piece.

Seven Devils

The Atlantic City Ballet‘s newest show opens next Friday. Caught Up in Swing/7 Sins is breathtaking. I do not have the vocabulary to properly describe the skill of these dancers and the caliber of their choreography. The show features contemporary music like Florence and The Machine and Nine Inch Nails. Everyone in southern New Jersey and Philadelphia should be buying a ticket.

Watercolors from their rehearsals:

Cat on my Stuff

It has been a long time since I took the time to paint my loved kitty, Samara. Observing her sitting on an unsorted pile of  junk mail inspired me to paint these two watercolor sketches. After all, it was a really good excuse for putting off sorting those bills and advertisements just a bit longer.

I’m Ok with This. Watercolor and ink on illustration board. 2.5″x3.5″ (6.4cmx8.9cm).

Unframed: $20.00

Cat on My Stuff. Watercolor and ink on illustration board. 2.5″x3.5″ (6.4cmx8.9cm).

Unframed: $20.00

Skinny People

I struggle with drawing people who are clinically underweight. It seems no matter who I draw, they end up smaller than in real life. If said person starts small, they end up absurdly tiny. This is something I need to work on. All people are beautiful, and I should be able to portray them accurately.

The Camera Adds Ten Pounds. Watercolor and ink on cotton paper. 6″ x 5.5″ (15.2cm x 14cm).

Unframed: $225.00

Life on the Streets

Painting little snippets of life on any given street is becoming a favorite past time of mine. The following two paintings are of practically random buildings. They are both quite small works. Each was completed in a relatively short amount of time. I feel the speed in which they were painted contribute to their intimacy and vitality.

Miami Security Building. Watercolor paint, pen, and ink on paper. 4.5″ x 6″ (11.4 cm x 15.2 cm).

Unframed: $100.00

Wells Fargo Corner. Watercolor paint, pen, and ink on paper. 4.5″ x 6″ (11.4 cm x 15.2 cm).

Unframed: $100.00

Balloon Walk

This morning I painted on the New Jersey boardwalk. Painting amusement park rides was a lot of fun.

On a fantastic note, I got married on Sunday. I’m in the middle of changing my name legally. This is the first piece I’ve created as Jennifer Tracy.

Balloon Walk. Watercolor and ink on paper. 9″ x 12″.

Unframed: $350.00

First Painting Post

The idea here is to post a painting a day. This piece in made up of many small gesture drawings of my cat made over the course of an hour or so.

An Hour in the Life. Watercolor, ink, and colored pencil on paper. 18″x24″.

SOLD

Contact me if interested.