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Devil in the details
I visited my friend Liz in New York a couple weeks ago and did this quickie of her reading the paper at a coffee shop.
And last Saturday I drew this tree in the Boston Public Garden.
Now I want to try to catch up and show what I’ve been working on over the year. I started my oil-painting class last June, so let’s go sequentially from there.
The first assignment in class was a value painting, using only black, white, and one color. We had to copy from this one particular photo in a book. I chose burnt umber (but I think I used raw umber when I went back to finish it in the second class!).
I think the nasturtiums must have been the second painting I did last year. I took this picture at some point of near completion and gave the painting to my mother before taking a finished photo. It’s just 5 x 7 inches. This one marks my fatal plunge into minute detail. The pears value study didn’t give me the chance because it was such a simple photo, but when I started working from my own photos, all was lost. I got into the habit of trying to copy every detail of my photos picture and I’ve been struggling against that ever since. You’ll see.
Here’s my oldest drawing. It’s from a class in college, and the paper is stained and crumbling so I framed it behind glass, hence the reflections, sorry. That’s a nice big one, 18 by 24 inches I guess.