My studio work day begins with drawing the city from third floor windows, using sumi ink and bamboo pen. Drawing led to doing a larger acrylic painting on paper. Simplifying and limiting color to black and white has helped organize space. This week the color yellow made its appearance. The critical response was, “You are doing what you already know how to do.”
The evening drawing class instructor creates complex set-ups for the figure each week. The wall behind the figure was covered with colorful posters, two brilliant silk Japanese wedding kimonos hung on easels, and a large vase of artificial flowers on the floor. The model sat among it all. The preponderance of color made me run down the hall to my studio to collect paint and brushes.
ABOVE: Boston, acrylic on paper, 26 x 40 inches ( 66 x 102 cm), 10/13/11
Figure & Kimono, gouache on paper, 15 x 11 inches ( 38 x 28 cm), 10/12/11