Series I Three Flamenco Dancers

Here I am again starting my blog with a familiar sentence – It’s been a while since my last post

A Figure A Week

I have been inspired by some very lovely Pinterest pins lately. I’ve always been an image collector. Before the days of the iPad and Pinterest and the internet, I kept large binders filled with images that I would rip out of my mom’s craft…

A Figure A Week

Ok, lets be honest here...it's been more like A Figure Every So Often. Well, good intentions that are not carried through is good motivation to at least accomplish a part of your easily produced fantastic vision of how the world should be.…

A Figure A Week

The end of the school year is a very busy time I realize and I have lagged on my posts. So I thought I would post two images. I spend a lot of time scanning all of my work into my computer. There is always an overflowing pile of sketches…
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A Figure A Week

Here is a drawing that was more a preliminary for a painting.  Often times I like the original sketch more than I like the painting. I don't dislike the painting, but the drawing holds more of my attention. If I could figure out why this…
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A Figure A Week

This drawing illustrates some good abstract features that I rather like in a figure drawing. I like the circular ball for the breast, the disappearing lines for the raised leg and the severe curve of the chin and jawline. I tend to draw in…
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A Figure A Week

I've always loved calligraphy. I often wonder how I can make my Figure paintings have some of the same qualities as calligraphy, that looseness and quality of line. I've done some poking around on the internet trying to find some modern day…
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A Figure A Week

It's interesting writing about ones work on a weekly basis. It becomes a good exercise about finding what is important in the work that you do, or at least important enough to write about and then share. When I draw or paint the Figure I…
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A Figure A Week

This week's piece uses toned paper which gives a nice mid tone for the painting. I like using a toned ground before starting a piece, but often toned paper is not at a very thick weight. I love to sketch on paper that is on the thick side…

A Figure A Week

I have brought this figure up a number of times when I am working on new work.  It captures something that I try and maintain in more finished paintings but I find extremely difficult to do and that is its gestural quality.  Again it has…
Woman In Red Box by Denise Souza Finney

A Figure A Week

I like this little painting. It has all the elements that I hope for...

A Figure A Week

It has been quite a while since my last post on my blog. Since then I have switched blog formats and have had three children. So to get myself motivated back into this idea of blogging I've decided to post a figure a week. Some will be Paintings…
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Figures: The Endless Pursuit

Here are two sketches of a figure drawing originally made from a live model. The original was a more finished sketch that I am trying here to just redraw quickly in a more gestural way. I am trying to get only what is needed. I did probably…

Moving Across The Page

These three paintings are very simple and yet they are what I like most about paint. The brushstrokes, the boldness, and the movement across the page are all elements that I try to integrate into my figure paintings. The last piece is done with…

Movements

This is a series of paintings that I did a week or so ago. They are more gestures, concentrating on simplifying the paint and focusing on direction. Of the three, I like Movement II the most. The movement of the gesture is clear and the blocky…

Gestures

These gestures are based on something I have done for a long time - doodles on scrap paper. They are just quick gestures on whatever notepad is within reach; scribbles, a flick of the wrist, a puddle of ink. Some of them I really like, but I've…

A Few Images

Circle Painting This is one of my favorite small paintings/studies. I used gloss gel and made circle imprints with various cans/lids before the gel dried. One of my main concerns in my paintings is creating fine line within the composition.…

Charts and More Charts

Color Charts This is a color chart that I've been working on using Golden Heavy Body Acrylic colors. It is on a 40"x 40" canvas. It's tedious work and I have a ways to go to finish it. But I love what you learn as you mix two colors together,…