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Friday, April 11, 2014

Recent Head Studies while teaching at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA

Kadeejah W - from life.  About 20 minutes for demo and a bit more time @ home.
Simone - from life - Demo for my students.

Quick drawings in Heads and Hands class.

Megan - a demo for a private student.  From life.
Terry - demo for class - from life.

Really liked how this turned out - quick head drawing from life.
Trying to Channel Hope Railey and Glen Orbik here!  (trying)

"Nose"  (kidding)  - from life..

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Grab Bag - no wait - Son of Grab bag ( Returns)! (And) Please Watch "True Detective" on HBO - a true work of ART in its own right. Yep..

Pigeon Plumlee III from life on Yes Canvas ( Oil painty); 11 x 17" about 4 hours.

Mr Chuck Pyle - Director of Illustration - AAU
 The above painting is acrylic on paper and was done for Chuck Pyle's 60th bday ( folks were asked to do a card.. In the words of Peter LeFleur ( Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story): I over did.  I think he liked it!  Happy B-day Sir!

Nih, from life on canvas board.. Oil paints.. about 4 hours..

Above - Kelsey from life.. about 40 minutes..

 Above - Ted - demo's for figure drawing class!

Below - mostly quick head studies for my Heads and Hands class this semester!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Monday, February 10, 2014

What should it be ?

I find the biggest things I am asking myself as a painter and art-person ( I don't take easily to the word "artist") is this:  What should the work be ?  What should I be ?   There are fractals and iterations of answers for these questions.

How realistic ?  How faithful to what I see ?  What pleases me when it's complete ?  Is it the hard effort of a finely rendered work ( yes) ?  Is it the heroics of a few lines and good design-thinking which propel beautiful shapes ( yes!)..  Is it the quality of the stroke of the paint and  how it meshes and mingles with the paint nearby ? ( absolutely yes)..  

I am blessed to have studied under amazing artists - and many of them - while having similar roots ( Ted Seth Jacobs and Frank Reilly seem like the primogenitors largely) they each have an aesthetic - and they are ALL valid.  These slightly shifting aesthetics argue in my head as I work sometimes ( often ? always ?); and I am working to create a more singular aesthetic for what I do.  How long will this take ?  All my days I should think...

If you read this far - you are kind.  You probably feel some of these things as well ( but based on your own path and trajectory).   Some current thinking - below - A figure based on several references - Acrylic paints on watercolor paper. 12" x 16"

"Wuthering Heights 2014"

Monday, January 27, 2014

Some recent oil paintings - all from life - all Alla Prima - @ Academy of Art University and with Robert Liberace 2014

The paintings that follow I completed ( -ish) while assisting Robert Liberace @ his Portrait Painting workshop in the Woodlands TX via the Woodlands Art League.  A great group of painters there and super nice as well ( great Bar-b-Que !).  Thank you Rob for the opportunity to attend!

"Sarose" - 10 x 10" - about 3 hours - done from life - Sunday @ AAU.
Oil on Yes Canvas - about 3 hours - via Robert Liberace workshop @ the Woodlands WAL - TX
Limited palette of Burnt Umber, White, Burnt Sienna and Black.

Same as above but on Linen panel..
Same as above but on Yes Canvas..
Oil on Panel @ Palo Alto Art Center in 20 hours on my Open Box M !  ( 8 x 10" gessoboard)

Monday, January 6, 2014

A few things in the hopper.. Mostly practice stuff and demos from school..

Figure studies in charcoal on neswsprint..

Same as above - different times for each drawing - nothing more than about 20 minutes..

A 1 day cast demo for my Masters Drawing class students #Academy of Art

Study of one of the V sisters #Robert Liberace Workshop.  Oil on Yes.

Grayson W age 14 - acrylics on Canva-paper. About 12 x 17
I plan to be posting some new project work in the coming weeks and months - more about what I hope to accomplish vs simply: practice work.  I hope you'll take a look when I do!

Happy New Year! 200,000 Page Views! 

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Здравствуйте и спасибо российских посетителей! (Hello and Thank you Russian Visitors)

Я просто хочу, чтобы поздороваться и поблагодарить Вас за то, чтобы всех людей из России, которые приходят на мой блог! Приветствия и спасибо - Кевин

I just want to say hello and thank you for coming to all the folks from Russia that come to my blog!   Cheers and thank you - I have noticed lately that sometimes half of the visits to my blog come from Russia and nearby - Kevin

5 minute construction gesture November 2013 - from life!


Friday, November 15, 2013

Need it need it - got it (!) GOT IT!

BACAA Travis Schlaht and Ted (Edward) Minoff 1 Day portrait workshop painting.  Oil on Linen - just about 2 hours - so basically FLYING!

Figure on Toned Paper from life..

Erica - from life - charcoal on newsprint..

Kelsey - from life - Oil on Yes Canvas.  About an Hour.  I liked it all unfinished so I left it this way!

OK now this is officially a hodgepodge!   Here is a wrinkly-shirt-in-strong-chroma demo I did for my clothed figure students!  Go UT Austin!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Head Studies - demonstrations for my Intermediate Figure STudents at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco

Erin - HB Charcoal pencil and Carb Othello ..
The process - from basic shape to block-in to value and a bit of render..

Updated below - Tim more refined..

Tim - HB Charcoal pencil and a bit of vine charcoal..

Sunday, September 15, 2013

My Summer workshop travels with Travis Schlaht, Ted Minoff and Robert Liberace ( my heroes!).

3-4 hour heads done via the TnT workshop @ Grand Central Academy in NYC - August 2013

The above paintings were done with Travis and Ted via their Portrait Sketch workshop this past august at Grand Central Academy in New York City.   I was a bit under the weather ( no sleep) so while the results are OK - I continued to take on-board useful learning from Ted and TRavis!

I assisted Robert Liberace this past August at his figure workshop in Vancouver.  A great group of students showed up and Rob was his usual, awesome self ( teacher, painter, guy)!  I got to paint a bit too!  (Thanks Rob!)
My Second Figure of our excellent Model.  Rob's key input for me was about ( and has been!) the variability of my line ( contour and terminator shapes) and to "tickle the brush" across these areas..  To let it dance a bit more - and it was super useful input ( hopefully exemplified in these practice efforts!).
Final day figure..

Day one demo for my new Intermediate figure students at the Academy of Art!  Let the learning begin!  ( about 30 minutes over a few poses)..