Friday, May 13, 2011

Student Sitting on a Chair

Student Sitting on a Chair, Watercolor on Paper, 11" x 14"
"We live amid surfaces, and the true art is to skate well on them."
 ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Yesterday I was subbing over at Kailua Intermediate. This is a drawing of one of the students in the classroom I was in.

There is a spontaneity with this watercolor I really like. It also has a remarkable likeness to the student.


Rosemarie, Watercolor on Paper, 11" x 14"
"Genius is the ability to put into effect what is in your mind.
There's no other definition of it."
F. Scott Fitzgerald

So this is a portrait of a co-worker, Rosemarie.

It is regrettable she looks so serious in this picture, as normally she is so bubbly and full of joy. I happened to sketch this while she was reviewing some paperwork. Perhaps that was the reason for the dour look on her face.

I have been using a Goldenrod, oops it's called Spanish Orange, pencil to do the initial sketches. I really like how the yellow is leaking through in the highlights. I think it creates a neat effect.

Girl at Starbucks

"Art is beauty, the perpetual invention of detail, the choice of words,
the exquisite care of execution." ~ Theophile Gautier
I pulled this one together after doing a quick sketch at a local Starbucks.

The recent rain effected cable service making my home wireless spotty at best. So taking the opportunity, I did this sketch.

I do like some things about this painting. I was trying to show the face being lit by her computer screen while her whole form is back lit from the window behind her. I debate whether or not this worked.

I really like how I made the cup and specifically the reflection or refraction of her arm through the plastic cup.

Danielle Awakening

"The most potent muse of all is our own inner child."
~ Stephen Nachmanovitch

So this is one of many watercolors I hope to put up today. The weather out in here has been dreary and rainy. So much so it was hard to get a good images of these particular art works.

So there looks to be a proportion problem with the head and the body, but both are rendered well so I am unsure if it is very noticeable. It may also just be the perspective.