Oil Portrait of Morgan

I’m still continue the pencil with white charcoal on toned paper portrait. The drawing of Morgan was done from a live model at Patris’ Studio. It took about 40 minutes. Then for the next 2 hours, I worked in oils again using the Zorn palette.

I feel pretty good about the colors. She is a fair skinned model and I have a tendency to make the light colors too light. So I started deeper and rosier.

I’ve always had trouble establishing the shadow colors until a teacher pointed out that there two methods – using analogous colors or complimentary colors. I’m starting with analogous colors, simpler to think about.┬áLater I’ll be more adventurous.

Now just looking at the drawing and painting side by side, I see I need to make some adjustments. For instance her left side needs to be angled more.

Oranges and Pears

I’m not quite sure if I’m crazy about painting on wood. This was a prepared surface with a canvas like texture. But I find it too smooth for my taste. Kinda have an interesting texture though.

Oranges and Pears, 8 x 8 x 3/4 inches, oil on wood

Available for purchase in my Etsy store.

Ready to Eat

Another orange painting on gallery wrapped stretch canvas. Ready to eat and ready to hang. Here in this painting I’m exploring the use of the palette knife to create texture. I love texture! Years ago when attending CSUS, there was an exhibit of a former student who became quite successful. I think his name was Jian Wang. His paintings were very sculptural, painted straight from the tube. The oils were literal sitting 1 inch on the canvas. Simple subjects of pots and pans. But I loved the textural quality of it, very three dimensional. I can literally see the pot coming out of the canvas.


Orange with Stem

While working on the 30/30 Challenge drawings, I also was painting small paintings. I decided to start into painting on a gallery wrapped stretched canvas. Concentrating on meaningful brushstrokes, I strived to express in one brushstroke at a time.

Little Orange with Stem 4x4x1.5 oil 012216

This painting will be available for purchase in my Etsy shop, Paintings by Marlene.


Day 30 – 30/30 Challenge

My final drawing is a self portrait. I don’t take very good selfies but this drawing came out better than expected.

The challenge has definitely improved my use of graphite and white charcoal on toned paper. I might dedicate a month or 24 days in this case to work on a particular skills. In any case consistent practice = improvement.

I’ll leave the Challenge with this link – Learning to See. It’s one person experience as he works to improve his drawing and painting skills dramatically.

I also want to thank everyone who had followed and like my posts during this Challenge. I had made new “friends” and discovered some fabulous artists!

Self Portrait_pencil_5.5x8.5

Day 29 – 30/30 Challenge

Got all my receipts organized for business and tax forms to submit by the end of this month. Now I can return playing!

A quick sketch. A very quick sketch done under 5 minutes. I hope to develop this technique more for the quick portrait sketching that I do at fairs and schools.


Just finished listening to Leslie’s interview with Quang Ho. He has taken realism to a more conceptual level. It’s not a matter of copying what you see but seeing all things as line, color, shape, edges, values and ….


Day 28 – 30/30 Challenge

I finally finished organizing and sorting through my receipts for tax returns and other business forms to submit.

Meanwhile another abstract. I did a series of analogous colors of greens and yellows. Using anything from palette knives to pins, I strived for texture in each piece.

untitled, 4 x 4 inches, oil on paper

Day 27 – 30/30 Challenge

Unfortunately there are business forms that are due at the end of this month. So I have spending hours sorting through my receipts for a whole year! Such a headache! New Year’s resolution is to keep up with the art receipts.

But Day 27 is an small 4 x 4 abstracts that I had been doing along with the pencil portraits. Hope you enjoy!