Paintings based on quick sketches done during a life drawing session. The first with the model on her knees is a 5 minute sketch. The second is 10 minutes.

Great exercises to create volume with the Zorn palette. I’m thinking cylinder. Forming the cylinder with half-tones near the edges to lighter values. Again I established the light and shadow patterns in the painting. On my palette I create two piles for the light and shadow. The main color is the skin color of yellow ochre and cadmium red. White is added for light areas and black is added for shadows. If I wanted a more yellowish skin tone, I add more yellows; more reds around the cheeks, then a touch more red.

Ashley on Her Knees, June2015 oillinen 10x8

Ashley Kneeling June2015 oillinen 10x8

I don’t how long I will continue working with the Zorn palette. But it does help to work with a restricted palette.

Reclining Nude

This painting was based on a quick sketch done during a drop in session at the Pence. I used the Zorn palette of titanium white, ivory black, yellow ochre, and cadmium red. In fact most of my paintings of the figure or portrait has been with the Zorn palette. I’m not quite ready to go into more colors yet.

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Male Model at the Pence, oil, 6 x 8 inches
Male Model at the Pence, oil, 6 x 8 inches

Figurative Studies in Black and White

Homework from a figure drawing class that I’m taking at the School of Light and Color. From the 10 minutes value studies that we had done from a live model, we are to pick one and paint it. Great lesson in understanding subtleties of halftones and highlights. The assignment is not to do just a few but a 100.

Adding Yellow Ochre

Adding Yellow Ochre

After weeks of working with titanium white, ivory black and transparent red, Terry had us using a fourth color, yellow ochre. This allows us to create more range of colors. Yellow ochre and ivory black creates a green. Yellow ochre and transparent red equals a warmer flesh tone.

Portrait Painting at 12th & S Studio

Lately I had been attending a life painting session at 12th & S Studio. These has been great sessions in that we can choose to drop in ($10) and paint or get instructions ($25). Michael Mikolon is the coordinator and studio owner. I first noticed his works at the Pence – fluid and masterly in both watercolor and oils. Then I met him at the Pence Gallery Garden Tour, one of the many artists painting on site.

My first lesson with Mikolon started with the very basic – value studies. First he had me do a pencil study of the model in three values – light, midtone and dark.

Next was to paint the model only using two colors – white and transparent red oxide. Eventually I could use three colors; white, transparent red oxide and black.

So, working at home, I used a photo of my grand niece, Sydney. Below is a rough I did of her.


I discoverd that doing a rough had helped tremendously. In fact I did 3 roughs of different compositions.

Next I painted using titanium white and raw umber (since I don’t have transparent red oxide.). Here I established the dark, midtone and light.


After a couple of hours, I got this far with it.


Here, Mikolon had suggested that I can then start into a full color palette. Doing this was enough for me…There’s so much to learn.