A garnet-inspired palette for a portrait of a dog is somewhat counter-intuitive, but I believe it worked out with this piece, "Portrat of Babka." As always, drawn freehand on my iPad Pro, using the Sketch Club app.
I experimented with the garnet palette in this portrait of my husband, watching TV. This sketch from life. Drawn freehand on my iPad Pro using the Sketch Club app.
And, again from life, here a palette of mostly blues. Drawn freehand on my iPad Pro, using the Sketch Club app.
Here, a palette of mostly browns. Again from life. Drawn freehand on my iPad Pro.
Limited palette can bring a sense of unity to a piece, and is a nice challenge for the artist as well.
I have a habit when I visit art museums of picking one or two artworks to sketch while I am there. You learn so much by copying the Old (and not so old) Masters. By necessity, each of these were drawn within less than an hour. At a certain point, my back and feet just can't handle standing any more. All these were drawn freehand on iPad, using the Sketch Club app.
Based on a terra cotta bust of Isabella d'Este by Gian Cristoforo Romanov (1465-1512) at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, TX,
Based on the painting "Marsh Mallows" by British Impressionist artist Laura Knight (1887-1970)
Based on a statue of a Standing Bodhsattva at the Kimbell Art Musuem.
Based on a sculpted self portrait, by Marion Koogler McNay, at the McNay Museum in San Antonio.
A quick 10-minute sketch of a plaster cast.
Based on the statue of an Angel by Michelangelo in the Basilica of San Domenico in Bologna Italy.
Based on a 6-foot tall ancient Greek bronze at an exhibit in Florence, Italy. Very few of those ancient bronzes survive. Most were melted down to make armaments, doors, things of that nature. Breaks our hearts today, but people tend to be pragmatic at the time. It's only later that we realize what has been lost.
I do enjoy walking with the dog, stopping to take pictures along the way. Here are three recent sunflower photos. And, a quote: "Never look directly at the sun. Instead, look at the sunflower." Vera Nazarian
Rain lily between sunflower petals
All these shots taken with my iPhone 7 Plus and edited in multiple apps. I take photos on my walks with my dog, and I like to go off the beaten path.
(They look like umbrellas, don't they!"
The wildflower known as Mexican Hat
Dew on Lamb's Ear
Just for fun
Sometimes, art just needs to be fun!
(As always, I drew these freehand on my iPad Pro using the Sketch Club app)
Blue Dog is based on the painting The Blue Boy by Thomas Gainsborough, 1770. It was once the most famous painting in the Western world, and I remember my grandmother had a reproduction of it, alongside a reproduction of the painting Pinkie, by Sarah Barrett Moulton. Now, they are out of fashion, as happens with artworks, but who knows, they might come back around. (Just like torn jeans came back.)
Dog in a Blue Suit
Although I will work from photos, I so enjoy working from life. The freshness and spontaneity, the connection with the subject, provide such delight. Here are a few recent works from life. All drawing freehand on my iPad Pro, Apple Pencil between my fingers, using the Sketch Club app, one of the underrated art apps, and one I truly like. Here are a few recent sketches, from life.