Wednesday, January 18, 2012

On the Drawingboard

Charcoal still life on green tinted handmade paper, Jan Blencowe, copyright 2012

It's hard to believe it's Wednesday again! Wednesday is quickly becoming my favorite day of the week because it means one whole day in the studio with my good friend and fellow artist Claudia Post.  Nine o'clock to four o'clock dedicated to our growth and development as artists.

Today we finished up the still life from last week. I chose vine charcoal and a very nubby, textured green hand made paper, which is an unusual choice for a still life, though it would be fabulous for a landscape.

Here is Claudia's final.....

Click HERE to read last week's post about our different drawing styles.

Today after finishing up these pieces we decided to push ourselves in a different direction. Claudia had received a beautiful bouquet of roses for her birthday so they were our subject. Besides the complexities of roses with all their voluptuous petals we each chose to work on a new, different kind of paper and to work in a medium that would require us to work in the style opposite to what we usually do.

I chose to work on rose colored handmade paper that had tiny flecks of white in it, and to work with a pastel pencil and do a tight drawing.....

Claudia on the other hand abandoned her sharpened Nu-Pastels and drawing method and worked on Wallis paper using Pan Pastels.

Here's where she ended up at the end of the afternoon....

Pretty awesome !!!  She took lots of photos and she will finish up from those since the roses will open overnight and look totally different tomorrow.

Our art study Wednesdays are proving to be very productive and positive, enriching us, expanding us, and energizing us. Just what we need through the long, cold winter months. 

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