Yes, I know, I haven't been posting everyday but it is for a good reason. I've been working on finishing a painting that I started years ago. I drew this guy today though, another Daguerreotype from the Library of Congress. I obviously didn't have patience for that mop of his but I can definitely tell that it is coming easier to me now that I've been drawing or painting almost everyday for over a month. Feels good.
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
So I haven't been posting as often the last week but it is only because I spent a few days working on this painting. I finally broke down and took over half of my dining table to set up my acrylics. I bought a small pad of paper for painting acrylic on. It is much less intimidating to paint a small picture than to fill a whole canvas especially since it has been a while since I've painted at all. In the past I stayed away from painting buildings because I thought painting al those straight lines would be hard or boring but since I've been drawing these old houses, it seemed less daunting. I have to say, I'm pretty happy with how this turned out. I'm excited to get going on another one!
Thursday, June 26, 2014
After one complete failure with my watercolors the other night (I painted a muddy blob), I was able to paint this last night. I am sooo out of practice with watercolors and really it just made me want to pull out the acrylics. I'm an impatient painter, I hate waiting for paint to dry. I've been especially impatient knowing that I'm trying to post a piece everyday. I know I had a busy week last week but I definitely lost my momentum. And, as much as I love portraits, I was missing a connection with the subject matter. My husband told me he could see my excitement drawing these old LA houses. And that lead me to this painting, definitely forced but I don't hate it. I might even try a few more before I dive into the acrylics.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
This guy just looks like an old southern politician. John Bell, another Daguerreotype from the Library of Congress. Getting tired of the word Daguerreotype. I pulled out my watercolors last night but couldn't figure out what to paint. Hoping to be inspired today.
Monday, June 23, 2014
Sketch of Daguerreotype of Hugh Brady, US colonel in the late 1700s to early 1800s. Green colored pencil on yellow paper.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Another Daguerreotype. Its challenging to draw young faces since they are so smooth and have such small features, you can't capture their character in the same way as the wrinkly old men I've been drawing. I do enjoy drawing on colored paper, it adds depth to a simple little drawing like this one.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Monday, June 16, 2014
I was on a roll the other night with these Library of Congress Daguerreotypes. Such interesting faces. After looking at all the drawings I've done the last few weeks, it has been fun to draw houses but portraits really are my favorite :)
Friday, June 13, 2014
Here's another sketch from the Library of Congress Daguerreotypes collection. Levi Woodbury, another politician from the 1800s. He may not have much hair but he had some really interesting facial features to draw.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
I was checking out the Library of Congress online catalog and found a collection of Daguerreotypes. It was a type of photography popular from about 1839 to 1860. This is a sketch of one taken of Hannibal Hamlin, Vice President to Abraham Lincoln. I'm forcing myself to do these drawings but I really have a hankering to paint!