Saturday, June 26, 2010

Sketch ..

I have not been able to concentrate on doing any drawing or painting lately .. I feel like I am in limbo waiting for my appointment at the hospital for tests. But today I felt a little like doing something. So this is just a small pastel pencil sketch of the Russian model Vlada. The likeness is pretty close but I made one eye a bit darker than the other. I hate it when that happens .. I like to get the eyes in place as cleanly and quickly as possible. That's what happens when the pencil is not sharp enough to make nice thin lines. Black pastel pencil on Fabriano Tiziano pastel paper.
Approx. 5" x 6"

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Faux Fur ..

Another very old one .. brown and white pastel pencil on Fabriano Pastel Paper. The size is
probably about 6" x 8" I think. I hope to get some new things done soon.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Pastel pencil sketch ..

Still no new work from me .. so here is a sketch done some time ago. I start my pastel drawings off from sketches like this. I think the finished version of this is somewhere on this blog .. I posted it a while ago. It's black pastel pencil on Fabriano Pastel paper. I quite like dashing these off .. then comes the 'working up' part .. which requires concentration .. lol .... I think the size is approx. 6" x 8"

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Paint and monoprint ..

Another of last year's Tafe assignments was this one .. using a reference photo. The idea was to explore Contrast of Hue .. ie. undiluted colours in their most intense luminosity. Also to experiment with the effects of dark lines that separate single colours. to explore the different effects of flat patterns and how it is possible to retain unity. Finally .. monoprinting on the finished painting .. which I did on the background and on her clothes. I found the image of the girl and rearranged her arms .. she was sitting in front of a window .. so I turned it into a screen so that I could monoprint onto it. I also invented the vase of flowers and put one in her hair to complete the composition. Jo Sonja acrylics on canvas. Size - 28cm x 34cm.  Phew! Hopefully I fulfilled all those requirements.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Orange Portrait

I've been unwell lately .. hence the slow-down in blog posts .. so I will have to put some older things up here. In the meantime I have been forced to rest and have been thinking of ideas for future projects .. some of them actually using acrylic paint.
This portrait was done last year at Tafe .. the idea was to create a portrait from a photo reference using complementary opposites on the colour wheel. I chose blue and orange for mine.
Jo Sonja Acrylics on canvas 30cm x 40cm There are small touches of blue in the facial features which may not be showing up here and also some in the background.