The sketchbook sketches are a lot like the ones I do while waiting at the Dr. office or to get the oil changed. I have mostly done people and some of my chickens I have not tried anything like the bottom one of the corner of the building. Although sketches are not finished drawings I find them interesting because they say a lot about how the artist sees things.
C and C always welcomed
Fred interesting background where Ruthie and Bennie leaving Mercury. Is that salt?
Fred, just keep those paintings coming. You are never idle in your thinking or paintings and I love your gentle bears. the pastel has a lot of appeal as a semi abstract too.
Sarah, Excellent sketches of your trip, and I agree the view from your window is particularly appealing. I should do more of these too.
Jen C & C's always welcome
I reworked the Curly One after looking at it again and talking to his Mum. It is still off but better. I raised his mouth, moved his neck about an inch and reworked his hair and nose a bit. You probably can't see a lot of difference. I agree about his eye Gerri but not sure yet how to correct it. Portraits can be off by such a little so it I hard sometimes to get that right, but I am still trying as it is such a good shot of him. He looks a lot like his Dad but there is a little of his Mum and me in him too!
It is closer to his age of 5 1/2 now I think.
small changes maybe but the result show it...the blue reflection under the cheek especially.
Worth the extra effort!!!!!
those who teach shall also learn and those who learn shall also teach - Peter Laslett
feel free to make constructive c/c...no digital alterations please
Jen, with or without the changes, such a winsome painting ... Just charming.
Comments and critiques are welcomed and appreciated.
Jen I agree with Alex, beautiful child and painting
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Hi all, Bennie and Ruthie land on Venus 11x14 watercolor over gesso and gel medium
Good morning, Fred! I don't know the technical reason for this, but the color palette you used here (on Venus) is so beautiful, as is the way you've painted the surface of Venus. It reminds us that you're not just a good storyteller but a wonderful artist as well. Of all your mediums, WC is my favorite.
Hi Fred, I was so inspired by your Venusian color palette that I drew the underpinnings of a painting that will be done in grays and golds. It might be a flop, but it will be a color adventure. No comment necessary ... Just wanted you to know. Drawn from a photo of a Tunisian woman on Voice of America.
Alex your drawing is very nice the way it is. I think line drawing is a lot harder and to make a good one takes a good eye. Very nice.
Fred I never have tried watercolor over gesso. I have been meaning to try it to see how it works for me. Your color scheme is very beautiful. Van Gogh used it a lot in his sunflower and wheat field paintings. Nice texture too.
Geri, thanks so much for your compliment on my drawing - unfortunately, I had already started applying color. But I love drawing and will remember that for the future. Thank you, too, for identifying Van Gogh as having used Fred's palette (or vice versa). Here is my try at Fred's gold-and-gray palette, inspired by a Voice of America photo of a Tunisian woman looking back over her right shoulder. This is a 6" x 4" watercolor pencil-and-gouache painting on hot pressed paper.
Very nice Alex. I like the way you let the background colors show on the forehead and on her left shoulder. The blue on the other shoulder works well too. Her nose I think is catching just a tad too much light she needs to powder it.
Thanks, Geri! I will powder her nose.