Saturday, November 21, 2015
Cape Cod Museum of Art is hosting a show titled "Life Studies: Figurative Artists at the Schulenberg Studio" now until Jan. 10. Yesterday they recreated, in a gallery in the museum, the figure painting group that meets regularly in artist Paul Schulenberg's studio in Eastham, MA. Above are some sketches I did while they were painting the model. Below are some photos of the group in action.There were about 20 artists painting.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
I did this painting from sketches and a photo taken last spring.You can see the original post here:
It's that time of year again- when Ed and I get together at 6AM to sketch, it's dark and cold, so we have to find someplace with heat and coffee.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Saturday, November 7, 2015
Sunday, November 1, 2015
I've been admiring Ben Fenske's work for a while and had the opportunity to see him do a demo yesterday. He painted from a live model with about 25 people in attendance at a studio in Waltham, MA.
Ben sat while he painted and started off with a special paintbrush- two paintbrushes taped together to make a longer handle so he could get a little more distance between himself and the canvas. I'm going to try that! He used Utrecht bristle brushes, mostly sizes 4, 5, and 6, long filberts and flats. Unlike me, he doesn't keep a container of mineral spirits to swish his brushes around in. Instead, he holds 8-10 brushes and uses a different brush for each color. All he had was a little container for his medium, which was linseed oil and turp.
He painted on Claessen's pre-primed linen. He had washed some color onto the surface of the canvas before he started. His favorite surface, he said, is an old painting, because he likes the unexpected colors and texture that he gets that way. He doesn't do that for demos because it would be too difficult for people watching to see what he's painting. He spent a lot of time trying to get an accurate drawing to start with, carefully measuring and comparing.