Sunday, November 23, 2014

Tortured Face




Tortured Face

I do find it so much easier to show pain and suffering in the portrait of an older face. Maybe I search harder with those who have been here as long or longer than me? Maybe “R” in his poses acts out these emotions more?
A sketch from a session with “R” yesterday.
9”x 12” fountain pen, oil sanguine and chalk on toned paper

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Hat Off and On





Hat off and On

Some sketches of “RO” posing from the beginning of the week. I had sketched a more exciting hat modeled by “MU” a day later and never got around to posting this earlier session with “RO”.
1st: 9”x 12 “ fountain pen, oil sanguine and chalk on toned paper
2nd: 17”x 14” ballpoint pen gestures..


Friday, November 21, 2014

Stoking




Stoking

I painted “R” this morning posing with a shovel. The furnace, a fire, was all mine, an attempt to counter the cold weather outside the studio.
As I worked through, developing the painting, I started thinking of him as a stoker shoveling coal, keeping the fires going to heat the mansion above, or maybe a steam ship working its way across the Atlantic. He is down in the bowels of a basement, or an engine room on a ship, sweating his life away with a couple dozen others sharing a form of hell they were most likely born into, without a chance of much better, as the pampered people above, lounge in comfort, oblivious to what is moving them through the water, or keeping them warm. 
18”x 24” watercolor on cold press. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Survivors: Second Day




Survivors: Second Day

So long ago,
a place to start
I suppose,
after a massacre
turns the waters
red.

Second day,
a gathering.
The beginning.
Ghostly visions,
death barriers
are spawned.

Protection for centuries
from mainland invaders.
An inevitable evil
lurking
always within
any pleating crowd.


Scratching with a pen, looking for history, an explanation, maybe just a moment to capture a recent dream.
Islands off Solitude  
5.5”x 8.5” ballpoint pen

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Hat






Hat

For a costume figure session yesterday in the afternoon, the hat “MU” wore dominated every pose, as is reflected in my sketches of her.
1st: 9”x 12” fountain pen, oil sanguine and chalk on toned paper
2nd and 3rd: ballpoint pen on multimedia paper