Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Alluette's Jazz Cafe

"Green Spikes"
12"x16" Watercolor

Alluette Jones-Smalls is opening her new place - Alluette's Jazz Cafe, 137 Calhoun St, opposite Marion Square in downtown Charleston this Friday evening. She has invited me to be her first featured artist. I have hung 16 of my paintings including my Dance series, six of the Uptown Charleston paintings and my Shoes series. They will be open 11:00 - 2:00 serving light fare - sandwiches, etc. Hope you get a chance to drop by.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Col. Hamilton's Uniform

18"x24", Charcoal

I didn't post last weekend as I usually do, - caught up in the mundane. I haven't painted in a little while either, but I'm working on that. Here's a drawing I did of Frank's dress uniform. I hung the coat under a spotlight on my easel with a tray table beneath to hold the pants, tie and hat. I covered the paper with compressed charcoal, and then erased out the light areas. It was quite a messy job, (charcoal dust was everywhere!) but fun. I used a little white pencil to enhance some of the highlights. To make a smaller print to frame for him, I added his ribbons taken from this photo I have of him, his uncle, Col. Jimmy Carr, and his cousin Sgt. Maj. Bill Carr in uniform.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Final Day Ink Sketch

8.5"x11" - India Ink of Printmaking paper

This ink sketch was made with a live model on the last day of Drawing I. We used India Ink and a brush. We mixed different strengths of ink with water. I started with a light pencil sketch then I painted on the lighter shadow areas. As it dried I proceeded to the darker shadows.