Saturday, May 18, 2019

The Mighty Red Hen

When I was little, we had a storybook that contained the tale of The Little Red Hen. It had little drawings embedded in the text that replaced some of the words in the story. I think it was one of the first feminist texts I ever read.
    This week's prompt for Illustration Friday is "Farm". I haven't participated in a long time, but I thought I'd give it a go this week with this mighty little hen. She's as strong as she looks. Just what we need right now :)

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Apparently, I am in the mood to change things up. First it was the linen, which I abandoned because it was too rough, And then I went back to my regular canvas, but when I put on the initial underpainting, some interesting clouds showed up in the process. It seemed a shame to cover them up as I normally would have done, so I decided to leave them and try to develop them from the get go. So far I like them well enough. My one worry is that the paint is pretty thin and that might cause more work down the road, but we'll see. This is after the third session.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Learning Curve

Well, I learned that I am not a fan of linen. I think it could be perfectly lovely, but my first attempt at it was not. It turned out to be really tricky to stretch, and while I'm sure a finer weave would have helped, the texture was too strong for the little figure I have planned. I got as far as gesso (three coats!) and a bit of the underpainting before I gave it up. I needed to sand between those coats of gesso :>/ Live and learn.
    So, last night I pulled out all of the staples and now I have a fresh start with canvas. Back in my comfort zone! I might try linen again someday, but right now, easy street is just fine with me.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

A Torus Knot?

   This showed up in my mailbox today. It was a gift from the student who started my math journey by encouraging me to stop flying by the seat of my pants and actually plot spatial relationships when drawing forms with linear perspective. I am forever grateful for his gentle nudge in that direction.
    I've been asking him about this shape, which I think is called a torus knot. I told him I didn't understand the geometry at all, but I was going to make one out of clay so I could just draw it the old fashioned way. The next day, he presented me with this 3D printed model so that it might 'sate my curiosity and then I would stop pestering him'. 😐
     But still, I love the gift. I think drawing elongated ellipses on three different planes will be a good place to start on this problem. And I've purchased Geometry for Dummies. So in the future, I can maybe keep my pestering to a minimum.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Fire Up Litho! (I guess:)

  After years of asking, the administration finally agreed to let me move the Conrad litho press that has been mothballed for years, into my classroom. So, even though it wasn't really on my agenda, I guess I will be setting up a grinding station (outside, with a table and a hose) and getting something drawn on a small stone so I can crank out a print or two this summer. It would be so great if I could actually offer litho as an option to my students next fall.
    I think this little image came out of my time at Wheatland a couple of years ago. I've done it about 100 times and never achieved a final product with it. Maybe all it needs is a smooth stone and a good litho crayon. I reckon I'd better practice with pencil and paper first!

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

I'm such a novice :/

Well, DAYS later, I am realizing we could have easily built that cube from the ground up if we had thought to do it, and we wouldn't have had to pester any of the numbers people.

We could have just made a vertical foreshortened square and lined up two more on its receding plane, using what I call "The X Thing" (this is why I can't play with the adults) to make the perspective right. That would give the height and width of all the squares on that side.

Am I making sense?

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Dividing a Receding Plane into Three Parts

Two of my students decided to draw Rubik's Cubes for their perspective/shading assignment. Dividing a receding plane into fours is easy, but threes were another matter altogether. I quickly realized I had no idea how to do it.

Lucky for me, my students are from many different specialty areas, including engineering and economics. Those people are very good at problems like this, and a couple of days after I asked the question in class, a very nice young man named Dillon provided me with several computer drawings he had made. All of them solved the problem, each in a slightly different way.

This is my drawing of one of his examples. I keep getting lost in all the relationships contained in this little cube. Seems like magic to me.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Another Possibility

   I don't remember how this image came about. She certainly has a tough job, working hard at rowing through the air in a leaky boat. Still, I like her strength, rowing against the odds. 
    I'm leaning toward this one for my new canvas. Look how many tries it took for me to realize her back needed to face the bow! Sheesh!

Saturday, April 6, 2019

   I just stretched a new small canvas with linen (my first try at it!), and I'm looking for a new image for it.    
    I just found this in my sketchbook. It is an image of my dear friend Chris, who was born on the exact same day as me, almost a whole country apart.  
   The last time I saw Chris, he told me he had bought some heavy duty hiking boots and was finding peace on his walks. I imagined those boots taking him to all kinds of beautiful places.

I have one more possible image in mind. It's a bit trickier than this one. I'll post it when I settle on a good viewpoint.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

  I think I set a couple of records here, both for how long it took to make this painting, and also how long it has been since I have posted.
    I wish I could speed up my process. My profs would have said the same thing. But, I don't seem to be able to power through problems in paintings. I have to wait for for the answer to bubble up to the surface. Also, I need to carve out more time to do it. Teaching and real life have a tendency to get priority. 

Here is a close-up of the face:

      I won't name all the struggles, but they were real. I'm hoping a coat of varnish will ease over some of them. There are some progress shots of this painting on my Instagram, if you'd like to see some of the stages it went through. My user name is lynettevought.

   My next one is going to be a lot smaller!