1 Hour Live Portrait with Charcoal

Portrait with Charcoal on 11″ x 14″ Toned Paper

I decided to add a touch of color using yellow charcoal.



1 Hour Online Live Portrait Study

This was a 1 hour sketch done on 11″ x 14″ Toned Paper using Conte Crayons. I tried to use the tone of the paper as the mid-tone only using the white crayon for the lightest highlights. I have seeing some people blend the white and black for a grey mid-tone. I think this can cool the drawing too much, depending on the color of the paper. It is certainly not a perfect sketch, at least to my standards, but I know it has been a long time since I sketched a live portrait. I will be doing these frequently along with some figure drawings.


Running: Acrylic on 12″ x 14″ panel

Bulls have always fascinated artists, like Picasso, and many authors, like Hemingway. Perhaps it is because we see something in ourselves in them. I’ve been thinking about painting bulls lately, no sure why. Perhaps it is my Spanish heritage, or because of the times.


Painting Sketch: Week 1: Oil on Canvas Paper

As stated in my last post, I committed myself to painting outdoors at least once a week, so I forced myself to choose something in my backyard. I used an old lunchbox and made it into a pochade box. This week I decided to do a quick mini sketch of my husband reading a book outside. I liked the way the sun shine glistened on his figure–so poetic, right?  And, I did add the chair afterwards. I really had good results with painting on canvas paper, so I took the rest of my paper and cut them into smaller pieces for these mini-paintings.

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