A few more KMP’s

The first 3 are from life. The two still lifes were set up with a small table lamp used as a spot light and the 3rd is of my friend painting. The last is from a photo reference. I plan to create a still life setup at home too so that I can continue to inch closer towards the target of a 100.

KMP 15/100KMP 16/100
KMP 18/100KMP 17/100

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.


Creative Drawing & Art Appreciation – 2

Hard at work

Todays lesson was about expressing emotions using line and then using spontaneity in making an “action” painting.

sorrow   rage
Spontaneity and action

Homework is to do more of these with a title for each piece and an analysis of what we see in the results.

We found the small coffee table restrictive and by the time the second exercise came around the chairs were deserted for the floor.

A different Dhaka

Ricoh ad

This morning, the art group at Susannah’s was scheduled to go out and sketch in public. A first for us as a group.  We were meeting after a break of a couple of weeks and ended up being 3 instead of the usual 5.   We decided instead to spend the morning on foot taking photographs of city life in Dhaka.  We walked around Gulshan Lake initially but were soon in narrow lanes with only foot and rickshaw traffic.  A different Dhaka from the one I usually see.  And it was beautiful.  I hope we do it again soon.

My excuses for not having better photographs to show you are 😀  I had a point and shoot and the sun was very very bright. I really missed not being able to zoom beyond 4X.  A DSLR is steadily climbing up the ladder on my wish list. Here are a few of the photographs taken. Most were disappointing because of issues of light and distance.  I plan to step in closer to take the shot next time and if that is not possible, skip it.

Art morning at Susannah's

Art morning at Susannah's    Art morning at Susannah's

The pen & ink sketch is on beige colored hand made paper in a 5″X 6.5″ notebook.   The background is showing up a bit dark as it has been clicked without a flash in incandescent light. The photo ref is a Ricoh ad from an old issue of National Geographic on Egypt.