Thursday, February 7, 2013
Market Day - and handy hints.
6x6in oil on canvas panel $100. SOLD
A family enjoying our award winning Farmers and Craft
Market here in sunny Las Cruces, NM
Thank you to all for the great comments in my painting video.
The monthly focus is the Figure in Landscape at the
Artist Guild this month. We are a mixed group so
to help the ones without much access to live models
I find it easy to use the tried and true "Stick Figure "
It is easy to find figures in magazines or newspapers to
use a magic marker and do the following
exercise. You can use photos you care
about by placing a piece of glass over
them and draw on it. ( I use a photo
frame piece of glass and tape the edges)
When you do a couple a day you get
used to the basic proportions of the
body - the spine, where the elbows
and knees have a joint,
and the important line of action.
(The movement angle)
I have an exercise where I draw
the stick figure in different positions and
then show how easy it is to use a simple stroke of
the brush to make the clothes.
First the drawings.
I spray fixative
over the charcoal
so it can be used
many times and
strokes for arms
and pants. I paint
a stroke to a joint,
say elbow, stop,
and then start again
I press harder so
the brush gets wider
for the torso
Add all the clothes,
and you have a decent
painted figure to go
into a landscape
take turns to
paint over the
figures on this
They choose the
the clothes and
This is not about perfection, but it is about finding
a way to grow an understanding of the basics of placing
a figure in the painting.
The top painting was a demo starting with stick figures.