My first Sale!

Mother and child

Earlier last month I was left a comment on one of my posts indicating an interest in purchasing the drawing “Mother and Child” or a print. Initially, I wasnt sure whether it was a spam comment and while I was trying to make up my mind I was contacted again. I decided to write back and found a wonderful person at the other end who loved this particular piece of work. Living in Bangladesh makes it difficult for me to ship things out and so I opted for selling a print. And he was happy to own the print. His words and attitude have made my first sale very memorable.

The artwork was scanned at 300 dpi and uploaded to my gallery on the print on demand service, ImageKind. After the sale was made, unsure of how it would turn out, I waited with bated breath. It was only when I heard that the print had been delivered and looked good, did I relax.

This has been a wonderful experience. And while what I earned is a fraction of what I used to earn when I was on a regular job it gave me much much more pleasure.


Learning to use charcoal

Aaliyah 1

Full of enthusiasm after this mornings session at Kuhu’s, I got back home and tried another portrait, from Life, using Sudha crayons ( Indian equivalent for Conte Crayons ). Its overworked but if i dont do some of these how will I learn? I’m thinking of making the background darker hoping that it will help the face come up a bit.

Aaliya – 12″ X 18″ approx – sudha crayons on cream coloured light weight paper

The one below is the one I liked most in this mornings session. Made with different kinds of charcoal sticks with brown drawing ink. Both have been made on a slightly creamish light weight paper.

LD at Kuhu's 4

Life drawing at Kuhu’s – 3

LD3 at Kuhu's

I was disappointed with my work at last weeks life drawing session and havent got around to taking photos to put it up.  Todays class went well in the end.

We were supposed to do several small sketches to improve our compositional skills.  I misunderstood.  Initially, I got carried away and spent the larger part of the morning concentrating on the model sitting on the sofa and planned on adding just her face to the right eventually.   Then after a clarification I was sure that we’d been asked to put several faces together to make one composition!

Luckily both Kuhu and I are quite pleased with this outcome.  I’ll be making a painting out of this at a later stage.  I’ve even got a name for it – “Haunted” and spent the ride back home thinking of the colours I’d use.

Now that the penny has dropped  ~ finally ~ I plan to draw several smaller sketches next week 😀   Kuhu makes a great teacher.

Life drawing at Kuhu’s

LD at Kuhu's

I went for my first lesson at Kuhu’s today. We started with a still life and moved on to figure drawing with short duration poses. This was the last one made and since I had run out of newsprint by then 😀 it is smaller in size and on drawing paper. There is something in it that appeals to me. The rest of todays output you’ll find here. Used the Sanguine Conte Pencil for the first time on a 12 X 14 Canson drawing paper.

Taking a Nap

Picture 339

Started drawing Surpina first this morning but left it incomplete as we were going out visiting art galleries.  Saw quite a few interesting paintings by upcoming artists from India. We plan to cover a few more over the next few days.  Returned and convinced Sangeeta to let me draw her while she was taking a nap.  I used some nice, soft buttery charcoal from Sangeeta’s big box of Derwent’s Sketching Collection.   Pencil and Charcoal on 30 X 22 Indian handmade paper.

Life drawing : Alice and Pinky

Alice -1

Alice - 2

Pinky 1

At Sangeeta’s in Mumbai.  The drawing and painting is coming along slower than expected.  Busy having a blast!  Here is this mornings effort. The first is by Sangeeta and the next two are mine.  Paintings are still works in progress 😀

Last day at TASL

Model 3 Model 3 Model 3

Ever the optimist, I made some notes on the colors of the setup.

5th week 2nd model

Managed to do a quick sketch of the second model in class. I’m thinking that I would’ve enjoyed the next two weeks too 😀

A few things that were learnt/reinforced during this month

1. make many starts

2. pay attention to the negative spaces

3. for the figure be aware of the balance – the triangle between the base of the neck and the two armpits.

4. something as basic as – use a palette knife to put fresh paint onto the mixing area and clean brushes every so often and use many.

One thing that was recommended but I didnt try, was to use a midtone gray as the base color for the palette instead of plastic white or natural wood.  Or to use a sheet painted midtone gray placed underneath a plexiglass or clear glass palette.  I will try this with the next painting that i do from home.

A month at The Art Students League of New York

Decided that I would take an art class this summer while visiting my sisters in NY. I had read in art instruction books about famous artists and great teachers like Robert Henri, John Sloan, Kimon Nicolaides and many others teaching at The Art Students League. I took a look at their site and discovered that they continue to have internationally recognized, professional artists taking classes. And the most exciting part is that you can take a class for just a month!

I have signed up for one month of 5 evenings a week of Painting from Life, Portraiture, Composition, Color with Mary Beth McKenzie. The school follows the atelier system and the instructor is available on 2 days a week for criticisms and discussions and the rest of the time the class is managed by two monitors.

One week of this class is up and I’m putting below what I’ve done so far. I spent the first day making sketches as I was waiting for my supplies to arrive from Dick Blick but that’s another story. The second day was a holiday and the next three I spent working on 2 canvases.

Claudia on stretched canvas 2Claudia on stretched canvas 3
Claudia portrait on canvas 1Claudia portrait on canvas

In my ignorance I put more color and almost no turpentine on my first borrowed canvas to cover the painting that was already on it. Discovered to my horror that it was too wet for me to paint on the next day and so I started a portrait on a smaller piece of canvas. Ms McKenzie said that I’d made a good start and her advice was to do several such starts till I got familiar with the medium. She also added that i should use lots of paint as this would help me to learn more about the medium.

On Friday, I wiped clean the second one and tried again but with little success. The model will hold the pose for 2 weeks and so i have another week to make several more attempts to get it right.

I look forward to feedback so do leave me your comments.

Ramesh Sleeping

Ramesh Sleeping

Originally uploaded by HughPee.

There was a creativity assignment in the Wet Canvas! Classroom Forum on looking at objects from a different sized view finder. I was too caught up with some other work to do it. While clearing up my papers I found this little bit of torn paper with this sketch.  It is approx 8" X 2" and fits the 4:1 format given in the assignment. This was made a year ago and I still like it. 😀 I used to lurk around trying to find a model and when I tired of drawing my hand or foot I used to sneak up on a sleeping Ramesh to sketch.

This post will be moved to June 12, 2005 soon.