Saturday, June 28, 2014

Dalmatian Pet Portraits in Oil Paint

Progress has been slow on the four dalmatian portraits. Inevitably, when art commissions are begun, jobs simultaneously arrive on the other business front, and I must schedule my 18 hour days tightly. I am appreciative. All work is good! 

The first two pet portraits of Daisy and Molly have been completed. I am working on the third one of Memphis now, leaving one more to paint after Memphis. 


Molly Dalmatian
oil on canvas, 8 x 10 inches
copyright Vernita Bridges Hoyt 2014
sold


Daisy - Molly - Memphis
oil on canvas
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I hope to be more diligent about blogging, and that means I will be at the easel more to have paintings to show you. 

Use wisely what you have been given and you will be given more.  MATTHEW 25:29

As a child, I was reprimanded for daydreaming. Today my daydreams morph into paintings. 
V. Bridges Hoyt — painting the sauce of Texas™. 

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Week 1: Live Model Figure Sketch of Woman Standing

This piece began with Sketch #1 of the 15 minute poses from the first live model figure drawing lab. When I stopped, all I had was a line drawing. 


original 30-minute Sketch #1 of Live Model,
mixed media of charcoal, Pigma Micron ink pen, Conte pastel pencil, watercolor pencil,
on Bristol Plate 2-ply paper, 12x9 inches
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At home, I more than doubled the time and shaded the charcoal drawing, added linework with a Pigma Micron 3 pen, a little color with watercolor pencils over charcoal shading. What we have here is a mixed media drawing. I like that I could save the loose, casual feel of the drawing.

This model was relaxed and easily changed from one pose to the next. 

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Use wisely what you have been given and you will be given more.  MATTHEW 25:29

As a child, I was reprimanded for daydreaming. Today my daydreams morph into paintings. 
V. Bridges Hoyt — painting the sauce of Texas™. 

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Week 2: Live Model Figure Sketches in Graphite Pencil

It feels good to be drawing again. 

This is the best 15 minute sketch from my efforts in the second lab of sketching from a live model.  Fifteen minutes isn't enough time for putting all the detail and shading in place after working up the figure proportions of the model. This model was sitting in a wicker chair. You can see her right arm resting on the invisible armchair. I like this pose and I think I will work up a more complete drawing of the model in this pose.

15-minute Sketch #6 of Live Model,
graphite pencil on Strathmore toned tan sketch paper, acid free 80 lb.,
14 L x 11 W inches,
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15 minute Sketch #6 with sample 20x16 inch mat.  
I am offering these early figurative sketches at TXsauceStudio.Etsy.com and the price is low for these originals. This one will be pretty matted and framed. See the sample matted image (mat not included).  This is a 20x16 inch off white mat I had in the studio on another piece. A narrow mold black wood or metal frame would complete the presentation of this drawing. 

If you need help with framing, I would be happy to mat and frame the image for you for the cost of materials + 25% handling fee. Contact me if interested.


The image below shows four of my 5-minute gesture sketches. I will probably be placing the gesture sketches all together like this in the future. 

This model was new and was a little stiff with some of her poses. She was pretty and had some beautiful lace-like tattoos, one on her chest and one on her right upper arm.  She changed into a ballerina tutu which was so cute.  I got some good photographs and will  come back to the tutu drawing in the future. 

Composite of Four 5-minute Gesture Sketches #1, #2, #3, #4 (top left to right),
graphite pencil on Strathmore toned tan sketch paper, acid free 80 lb.,
14 L x 11 W inches. 

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Use wisely what you have been given and you will be given more.  MATTHEW 25:29

As a child, I was reprimanded for daydreaming. Today my daydreams morph into paintings. 
V. Bridges Hoyt — painting the sauce of Texas™. 

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Live Model Figure Sketches in Mixed Media

Figure Sketches #6, #4, and #5 (left to right) of the previous model: 

Composite of Three 15 Minute Sketches #6, #4, and #5,
#5 and #6 are graphite pencil,
#4 in the center is mixed media of charcoal, Conte pastel pencil, and Pigma Brush pen.
Each pose was sketched on a separate 12x9 inch sheet of Bristol Plate 2-ply paper.

I assembled this composite layout digitally. I sort of like it. In reality each pose is on its own individual sheet of 12x9 inch paper. I think I'll rework it a little and offer a print of the three poses together. You will find the individual originals in the sidebar of my blog or at TXsauceStudio.Etsy.com/

It really is a long way to drive in to Houston for the live model session, but about 15 artists share the expense of the professional model that way. I consider myself a beginner at figure drawing, and I am honored to have the opportunity to sketch alongside some fine artists. The lab offers no critique and no instruction. We each do our own thing and learn our craft by doing. Practice makes perfect, if one can say that art is ever perfect. Really it is not, but as a child learns through play, an artist finds his/her own style by repeated and frequent practice, something I've not had enough of throughout the past several  months.



Use wisely what you have been given and you will be given more.  MATTHEW 25:29

As a child, I was reprimanded for daydreaming. Today my daydreams morph into paintings. 
V. Bridges Hoyt — painting the sauce of Texas™. 

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Live Model Figurative Sketch in Conte Pastel Pencil

Another live model figure sketch below, completed in 15 minutes:


15 Minute Sketch #2 of Live Model
pastel pencil on Bristol Plate 2-ply paper
12 L x 9 W inches
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This is actually sketch #2 in the order completed. I like the purple and dark brown coloration of this one and the simplicity of focus on the figure, not the dress. The legs of the stool are sketched in lightly to connect the figure to the floor. I positioned this figure to the right of the paper to emphasize the model's gaze. What is she looking at?

Suggested mat color: dark umber (brown) to relate to colors used in the sketch. 

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Use wisely what you have been given and you will be given more.  MATTHEW 25:29

As a child, I was reprimanded for daydreaming. Today my daydreams morph into paintings. 
V. Bridges Hoyt — painting the sauce of Texas™. 

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Colorful Live Model Figurative Sketch in Pencil and Ink Line

A few days ago I attended a live model figurative lab, first time I've done that in years. I came away inspired! All drawings were in 5 minute or 15 minute time spans. The image below is one of my 15 minute sketches.
15 Minute Sketch #3 of Live Model
pencil and ink on Bristol Plate 2 Ply paper
12 L x 9 W inches
0025.
The model sat on a stool and leaned forward with her chin slightly tilted upward, eyes down. This pose created the challenge of foreshortening in the face arms and legs. Her left leg (on our right) was partially covered by fabric. I didn't bother to render the stool since my focus was on the figure. The 15 minute sketch time goes by quickly without any time for corrections, a practice that stretches an artist to grow. Great fun!

This sketch would present well in a simple black frame with a brightly colored mat.

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Use wisely what you have been given and you will be given more.  MATTHEW 25:29

As a child, I was reprimanded for daydreaming. Today my daydreams morph into paintings. 
V. Bridges Hoyt — painting the sauce of Texas™. 

View my Texas Impressionist Oil Paintings
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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Sunflower Gold, Mixed Media Painting

SUNFLOWER GOLD, mixed media of watercolor and paint pen on
9 x 12 x 1-1/2 inch deep gallery wrap canvas.
Copyright Vernita Bridges Hoyt 2009, 2014.
The painted image wraps the 1-1/2" deep sides of canvas.
AVAILABLE.
Another painting from the "Out of my Head" series, Sunflower Gold has been held in my archives since 2009. On looking back, I realize my mother also provided inspiration for this painting. She grew giant sunflowers in a sunny flower bed. Send me a message for more information about this painting.

As a child, I was reprimanded for daydreaming. Today my daydreams morph into paintings. 
V. Bridges Hoyt — painting the sauce of Texas™. 

View my Texas Impressionist Oil Paintings
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