Saturday, December 23, 2017

Happy Holidays

Holiday Kisses by Nancy Van Blaricom
Holiday Kisses,  6" x 8"  oil on board, © Nancy Van Blaricom

Wishing you the happiest of holidays.
Thanks to each of you for all the support you've given in 2017
you've helped make it a wonderful year.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Life drawing model, Anna

Anna ~ Graphite ~ Nancy Van Blaricom
Anna, © Nancy Van Blaricom, graphite on sketch paper

This is Anna.  She was the last model I attempted to capture the likeness of in the most recent life drawing open studio.

She was the perfect model.  She paid attention to detail and after each break she made sure she returned to the original pose.  

She was dressed in a lovely peasant blouse and although I thought it would be fun to draw her wearing it, I decided to focus on her face.   

I'm not sorry I did.

It had been a long time since I tried to focus on a face drawing ....   but, I think it was a success.

Monday, December 04, 2017

Figure / Life Drawing

I'm so happy that I recently found Life Drawing sessions near me.  A great way to spend 2 1/2 hours a week doing life drawing. 

In 2003 myself and a couple of friends were able to attend weekly Life Drawing open studios.
It was structued differently than this studio.    At that time we had  started out with short increments of time and worked up to 1/2 hour.  

I was never great at life drawing but, oh what fun it was / is to attempt to capture the human body.
Lots of measuring and comparing.

In this studio session there were 7 of us and most of the artists have been in the life drawing studio weekly for the last 4 years. 

I really enjoyed seeing how different each of our styles are.

I was pretty intimidated during this session, but soon started focusing on the work at hand and forgot my fear.  

During this session I worked with charcoal on a pad of newsprint.


Before joining this group of artists I looked back over my work from 2003 ...
When I come upon work I've previously completed and I always wonder why I've hung onto them.  Robert Henri gives me thought on the subject.