Last day of Pose 1

Flower market

Last day of Pose 1 and obviously I wanted to do everything but complete the pieces I had started 😀 Actually I knew they wouldnt finish so I decided to start work on another piece. Sheer guilt made me work some more on the sketch below for a short while when the paint on the one above was drying. The weeks work with the model helped me paint more loosely for the blue painting. I still need to work on some details but overall i’m quite happy with it.

The first two photos in the ones below are from the work done on Thursday with inputs from the teacher.  One other comment is that several people in class thought I was using oils and were surprised when I showed them the acrylics.  I’m using jars of Liquitex Basics – Primary Red, Blue and Yellow with Titanium White.  Mostly because Dick Blick had it on sale for 10 dollars and back home in India I get one such jar for this price.  I’ve been adding a bit of Golden Acrylics Burnt Umber, Bone Black.  The Yellow Ochre and Titanium Buff I used for one day but have decided to try and stick with the Liquitex ones as best as i can at least for class.  Havent been able to stop myself from using the umber and black.

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Fierce : Illustration Friday

Fierce or menacing? You choose.

pen & ink

pen & ink (ballpoint) in my sketchbook.

photo ref copyright Anil Advani. used with permission.

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Frida Kahlo

a portrait of kahlo

I’ve been a fan of Frida Kahlo for a while but Diego Riviera’s work appeals to me more – for the subject matter and style.

Frida Kahlo 8″ X 10″ Mixed Media on Illustration board

Manic March & KMP 11

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Lots happening lately.

1. Submitted an entry for the March WWAO online exhibition “Our Art, Our Selves : Selected Self Portraits hosted by Robin Hernandez.

2. Photos or Life self portraits up at The Portrait Party.

3. Committed to making and posting 40 pieces in March at the 30dayartist. When I signed up there had been no other art commitments in March.

4. An invitation to exhibit with SHAKO ( a group of leading Bangladeshi artists ) to mark International Womens Day – March 7th & 8th came as a pleasant surprise. Will post photos of the event on Maya. I will be exhibiting 2-3 pieces and one of them is expected from the framer tomorrow and they then need to be rushed to the venue!

5. The two women show “Friends and Faces” will run from March 16 to the 31st. This was initially planned for mid Jan. Photo update on Maya on the 17th. Waiting on a couple of pieces for this too.

6. Heard unofficially that the UNWA auction of 24 paintings raised around 3,20,000 taka and mine contributed approx 27,000 taka. All the money raised has been handed over to the Hurricane Sidr Relief Fund. We will be getting letters soon with the exact details. Brochure photographs have been lying ready and will be posted in a day or two….. on Maya 😀

I leave for a 20 day holiday on the 28th 😀

Digital study which I’m marking as KMP 11.


KMP’s are skill building exercises advised by Kevin Macpherson in his book Fill Your Oil Paintings with Light & Color. I started these in 2007 and am continuing with it in 2010. If you want to know more about this set of exercises click here.

Milestones

Dec 07 Pen & Ink

In my scatty way, I’ve missed marking the usual milestones of blog birthdays, 100th post etc..  Told myself that I would write a post on the stats for all 3 art blogs when Maya crossed the 50k mark. It happened in early Jan. Unlike some of the other milestones, getting to this number was more due to you than me. I would like to thank you for all the encouragement and for visiting regularly. Look forward to seeing more of you in 2008!

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5″ X 7″ Pen & Ink on handmade paper in my sketchbook. Source: Photo reference

Win some. Lose some.

Win some lose some

Not having been successful with resolutions last year, some thought has been put into making some for 2008. Here’s hoping that this year is more successful than the last.

1. reduce the time spent online.

2. exercise regularly

3. lose weight

4. spend time on art and related activities

a. continue to learn

b. art related activity everyday – keep a track

5. try to find a balance – read, listen to music

Discovered last year that it was easy for me to get bogged down if the plan was restrictive. This year I give myself the freedom to choose the medium, try new ones, move on only if ready. Basically, the only constraint is that some art related activity is undertaken everyday and this is something that I can live with happily.

While making this post it became clear that there was need to balance art related activities with others like reading and listening to music which have fallen by the wayside.

In spite of 3 months of 2007 spent out of Dhaka on 5 holidays which were very enjoyable :D, I did do the following:

regular art activity with a group of like minded people

5 weeks of life drawing

4 weeks of creative drawing

tried some new things and many more of an old favourite – two kinds of printmaking activities – linocut and monotypes, digital scratchboards and a lot of pen & inks

Daily blogging through the month of November with Nablopomo

participated in the 4th annual portrait swap at WetCanvas!

two paintings based on imagination here and here

illustration friday – participated quite regularly

A couple of highlights. Sold my first print to a wonderful person and submitted a painting to a juried auction for charity where it raised nearly 3 times the reserve price. I am very pleased with this contribution to the Hurricane Sidr relief fund.

A fair amount of art activity took place and, with it, growth. The plan is to keep up the pace.

Creative Drawing & Art Appreciation 4

CD & AA 4

Yesterday was my last CD & AA session for the year. A third kind of line was discussed in detail, described as the lyric line. We used a thin brush with ink for this exercise. I could not break away completely from my normal style to make the right kind of marks. I would start correctly but lose my way within minutes. For the 3rd piece below I just gave up half way and started enjoying trying to capture a likeness of Javed who was posing for us for these pieces. I intend to do a few soon and attempt to draw sweeping lines to depict the form. One stroke for a line or a curve and no restating for this exercise 😀

CD & AA 4

Creative Drawing and Art Appreciation 3

Yesterdays CD & AA session was a discussion about using mechanical lines to draw. The orderliness, precision and the weight of such lines. We had a demo by Javed and then drawings of Juan Gris and Stuart Davis were shown and discussed. Both were influenced by Picasso and Cubism and expressed form in terms of line, plane and colour.

The exercise for the day was to make two drawings spontaneously using mechanical lines. We were to continue using black, wet medium – pen, ink, brush, markers etc. A third drawing was to be made using an office stapler as the take off point. I used a thick black marker for all three.

I am enjoying these sessions and the thrill of allowing myself to put whatever comes to mind on paper regardless of what it may mean. All this is a part of my subconscious mind and I am keen on learning to interpret them 😀
CD & AA CD & AACD & AA

Once more with feeling

Portrait swap

Update : November 23, 2007 : Worked some more on the portrait today.  Still very much a limited palette.  Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue ( used by mistake 😛 ) Yellow Ochre, Titanium White and a teeny weeny bit of Sap Green.  And oh I did use and equally tiny amount of cadmium red medium.

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November 21, 2007 : I am making very slow progress on the WetCanvas Annual Portrait swap project. Incredible portraits have been started, finished and are in the process of being mailed out. If you want a treat go and have a look.

I’m one of the few in the group still stuck in the early stages. The 10″ by 12″ canvas board proved to be too small. I was waiting for my husband to return with some larger canvas boards [ i always have an excuse 😛 ]. Giving it another go on one that is 12″ by 16″.

The first layer was drawn using burnt sienna thinned down with turpentine. Today, I added in some white and burnt umber to separate out the light and dark areas. I’ve managed to shorten the length of the face a bit today but it needs to be shortened some more and the features need to be reworked. Leaving that for tomorrow night. 😀

Annual Portrait Swap at WetCanvas!

Portrait swap

I forgot to add two more commitments for the month of November. Six and Seven. One was accepting an invitation for an exhibition, my first. And a second was helping a friend key in and sort out some text for her brochure.

The first casualty in this list of 7 activities has been 50,000 words for Nanowrimo. When the matter of the exhibition came up it took a backseat. I did write 6519 words and may add more to it when I find the time but it’s unlikely to be in November.

Here’s step one of the portrait for the Annual WetCanvas swap. 10″ X 12″ oil on canvas board.