Saturday, November 30, 2013

Gesture Drawing

Recently I attended an 'art workout' at the Art Students League of New York. Our superb model was Emma Shapiro, a professional figure model and herself an artist. The teacher was James L. McElhinney. As Emma gave us 30 second and minute poses, moving her body through space, James instructed us to find movement in fast gestural marks on each page using vine charcoal. We had to use our strongest hand and weakest hand, face away from the model and draw from memory as we tried to find the movement, energy, twist and turns from within the figure. It's a different way of seeing.

Towards the end of the evening with wine and pizza as fuel, we worked together on on a huge piece of paper on the floor as Emma continuously moved between us making marks herself. Individual drawings linked up, worked over, smudged together to became one large collaborative composition. It was a truly inspiring evening. Here are a few of my gestures that I adapted to color afterwards. I like the pictures I took of Emma stained with charcoal on the collaborative piece.

I'm not sure which gestures I did with my right hand or left hand or from memory!

Emma Shapiro in one of her beautiful poses
Emma Shapiro

Finding the movement in 30 seconds
Model Emma Shapiro and students continuously moving and drawing

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013


I was recently commissioned to draw a portrait of a beautiful nine year old girl. Although I usually create abstract paintings and loose figurative sketches, I was asked to draw this piece in a more traditional style. As my subject lives in the UK, I had to draw from a photograph but I enjoyed drawing and editing it in my own way with a mixture of tone and line. I think it makes for a more interesting portrait.

For pricing information for this kind of portrait, please contact me directly.

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Friday, November 1, 2013

Sum Total of Choice

I named this little painting Sum Total of Choice after hearing 'We are in fact the sum total of our choices' a line from the Woody Allen movie Crimes and Misdemeanors. I couldn't get it out of my head for a couple of days as I contemplated the major choices I've made in my life - which I am mostly happy with - and positively pondered the choices I need to make going forward. Displayed here at Archer's Hall Design Centre in Barbados, the painting is acrylic on panel (9 x 12inches, 22.8 x 30.5cm) and is finished with high gloss epoxy resin.

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