Thursday, October 29, 2015

Duck on a Bike

"Duck on a Bike", acrylic on canvas, 12" x 9"

I have a great collection of vintage toys, and this colorful tin litho duck is one of my favorites. When you wind him up he pedals his little tricycle and his propeller hat spins furiously. So fun to paint!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

The Divine Goddess

"Michelle Stretching", charcoal and pastel
Our model at the figure group last week was Michelle, a beautiful dancer and aerialist dressed in her ballet gear. Her poses were lovely. It's easy to see why she bills herself as "The Divine Goddess!"

"Pensive", charcoal and pastel
"Lacing her Shoes", charcoal and pastel

"Michelle's Back", charcoal and pastel

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Paris Sketches

Eiffel Tower
We went to Paris in September -- it was fantastic! We rented an apartment on the top floor of a 19th century building across the street from the Jardin des Tuileries and a five-minute walk from the Louvre. The views from our balconies were spectacular! We could see the Louvre, the Musee d'Orsay, the Hotel des Invalides (Napoleon's Tomb), the Grand Palais, and of course, the Eiffel Tower.  I didn't do nearly as much sketching as I'd thought I would, but I did manage to do these sketches from our balcony.  I took a lot of photos, though, so I have a wealth of images and memories to paint from. So inspired!

The Louvre

The Musee d'Orsay

Hotel des Invalides (dome) and Basilique de Ste. Clotilde (spires)

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Susan Monson as La Bonniche

Our model at the Brentwood figure group this week was the beautiful and talented Susan Monson, in character as La Bonniche, the French upstairs maid (aka the girlfriend.)  So fun!
"I will dust your house, but I will not enjoy it!", acrylic on paper

"La Bonniche, Gesture", acrylic on paper
"Dusting Le Tour Eiffel", acrylic on paper

"Le Break", acrylic on paper
"Le Big Pillow", acrylic on paper
"Catching up on le news", acrylic on paper

"Un Petit Nap", acrylic on paper
"Tea with Hedwig", acrylic on paper

"La Bonniche Dreams of Becoming an Actress", acrylic on paper