Thursday, December 29, 2011

More Gestural Detail

So I was digging through my old college portfolio again.  I sorted through some awful sketches and paintings...my earlier work.  I refuse to post any pictures of them, lol.  I immediately packed them back away and contemplated destroying them...but I didn't.  I did find another one I did that I considered a breakthrough at the time.  The project was to go out and find a natural setting to draw.  I grabbed my equipment and set out to a nearby park.  I always hated going out to draw outside.  Not that I have anything against nature, but I would always get approached by people curious as to what I was making, lol.  Most of the time they were cool, but I would get an occasional crazy person.  I mean the talking to themselves, rant out of nowhere kind that hang out at local parks.  It seems that an artist's life can be dangerous sometimes.  I've been chased off property I thought was vacant trying to get a picture of something interesting.  I had a guy on a golfcart with a gun rack come after me once, lol...I didn't stand around to explain.  Oh well...got off on a tangent.  This particular piece I yet again cheated, shhh.  I was supposed to find a setting and draw it exactly.  Well, I found a couple of settings and sort of combined them.  Those three trees weren't quite so close together.  I used charcoal, wash, and ink, like on the coat study.  It was done just before the coat from the last post.  But I can see myself finally loosening up.

20 comments:

  1. Cheating again I see..haha...turned out great though.

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  2. You should post all of your work up, and be proud of it! It's really impressive, especially to people like me, who have absolutely no artistic ability whatsoever!

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  3. Good post, what a beautiful tree! : D

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  4. Otter you are a talented artist. This is just beautiful. And you do such a good job with your students as well. They are lucky to have you. I hope you're enjoying the Christmas break. Have a Happy New Year!

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  5. You have such a beautiful page! Lovely trees in the post as well!

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  6. Lovely mixed media, Otter! My textile designer's mind thinks it would make a great print on fabric! (I.R. Weirdo!)

    My last visit to the park for nature study was in my second year at college. When I got up to stretch my legs and look at my classmates' work, a mongoose stole my lunch! Sneaky little ermine bastard! He was cute, though! Only in Africa! :)

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  7. ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♪¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ ♪♫•*¨*•. ¸¸
    Hi Otter, I'm dropping by random blogs to pass on my well-wishes. Happy New Year, I hope 2012 brings all you hope for and deserve!

    ~ Barry
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  8. Happy new year! another Great picture.

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  9. Impressive! I wish I was as artistically talented like this!!

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  10. All great stories have some fiction in them. I'm sure great art takes some creativity as well :P I don't think what you did was cheating at all.

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