Two models with different body types are so fun to draw but also more challenging.
I drew this one of Molly Crabapple, in Istanbul over Turkish coffee.
Drawing at Spring Street Studios.
Tried some new pens out this past weekend. Above is a dip pen with no underdrawing, just ink to paper. The next one below has a few guide lines and then a new marker. I liked both! I wish I had waited about 5 or 6 minutes before starting to draw on this 20 minute pose. She sagged into some really nice shapes as opposed to her initial pose. It happens.
I enjoy painting in gouache. It's a versatile medium to accommodate a busy schedule. I leave my paint out and ready to go at any given time. Even if I have ten minutes or ten hours I can pick the paint up or leave it for later. I spent about a day or so painting this. When I use gouache I'm usually thinking that I'm doing a study and pretty soon I realize I'm making a complete work.
This painting was teetering on study or finished piece and I began to slide into a good painting zone in my head. I hadn't used any cobalt blue. It's a beautiful blue but normally doesn't mix well with other colors but I picked it up anyway. I was in the process of breaking things down by drowning the surface in watery washes and trusting intuition, I applied the cobalt. I went from thinking I was going to be up very late painting to I think I need to sign this and go to bed!
This also turned some rocks over in the thinky part of my brain and the title came to me as well. The cobalt was only in isolated areas. One spot loosely applied and one with more specificity. It clicked in my head like the cobalt was this virus or infection and to battle an infection you take some of the virus and manipulate it to make a vaccine or antidote. The virus is ambiguous and the antidote is known and specific. I came across the term "Target Pathogen" as I looked in to this idea more and this became the title. "Target Pathogen #371" I want to use this title again so to distinguish this from future images I plan to use random numbers. If I label it #1, that will probably be the last time I use the title.
Thank you to Opelia for purchasing "Turn #31" in the painting section. I sent it off to her yesterday after getting back from my trip to Erie for my friends Mark and Lisa who just got married. They collect my art as well! Two images from my last show, “Marcel needs a beer while you’re down there.” Oil on panel 8”x10” and a pen and ink with a little gouache study for "Morsel to eat".
Thank you to my collectors/friends!
I didn't draw a lot in Istanbul. I did spend a lot of time just looking and absorbing the atmosphere. I came home to a lot of illustration work and I felt fresher and coming from a different place in my head. I love traveling! Here is Molly from when we were drinking coffee and smoking a water pipe in an Istanbul cafe'.
Opelia's new art! Gouache on paper.
The white tents in the distance are the Zeytouna Syrian refugee camp. Or rather the "displaced" Syrians who used to have a, by western standards, normal looking middle class lifestyle with families and houses, and soccer practice and because of a horrible dictator along the lines of a Hitler (my opinion) have lost basically everything. In the process they've seen horrible crimes against humanity, including their children. Looking back on all my pictures, this one seemed to sum it up to me. My fellow volunteers where mostly from Syria and now lived abroad in different countries. Here they are a few hundred yards from the country they had to flee and they couldn't go any closer. They wanted to help those people in the tents, they wanted to go back home.. It was really sad to see.
Not much going on in December. Just hunkering down for the winter and enjoying my friends and family. Hope you are as well!
Please look over the Prints page and get them all.
Have a good Easter/Passover or month.
Now is a good time to commission a portrait or purchase some physical art for the winter!
If you'd like to commission me for a painting... Portraits with my surreal aesthetic only. The face you have and my paint brushes! Estimated turnaround 3 months. Shorter will cost more. Contact me now.
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