Personal Art Blog
Sharing the lessons I teach at the Artist Guild and the personal discoveries in my art.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
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
This is another re-post.
This one is from three years ago.
I am recovering from a bug but thought i could pick
up some old posts with good information in them.
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.
Sorry about not being able to remove the old comments.
Labels: daily painter.blog oil on canvas, demonstration of painting steps. julie ford oliver, figure, fracturing technique, impressionist, landscape, market day. Las Cruces, NM, using stick figures
I am a painter living in Las Cruces, NM. After many years as an illustrator I turned to fine art to develop my own artistic voice. I currently teach talented and enthusiastic artists in oil, acrylic and egg tempera painting. I am also a member of the Artist Guild of Southern New Mexico.