Monday, March 29, 2010

Monday's Drawing Class and Report on Save the Granada

"Delft Bowl with Apples"
14" x 12"
Pastel

This morning we tackled cut and whole apples and Bob Seman's Delft bowl. The hardest part was getting the value correct on the Delft bowl. It seems like none of my 100+ pastels is dark enough, so I had to combine blue and black to get the deeper blue on the left shadow area. The background was the off-white wall, so deceptive because it was actually darker in value than the still life. That involved combining a light grey and dark grey. The cut apples looked white, but they are not. Bob showed us with a white piece of paper against the cut apple surface. Doing the round form of the apples was challenging.


"Our Past - Our Future"
Hanging at Rosie's at the Beach Restaurant

We went to a lovely fund raiser for the Granada Theater. We sat with a number of artists, including the gentleman from Los Gatos Art Association who had done the prize-winning oil showing part of the downtown and the theater. The painting on the left is mine, a result of plein air painting with the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society. My other two paintings are hanging in the bar area. The paintings will be there for several more weeks. There are many pieces and they are nicely hung with information about the artists. The paella dinner was delicious, complete with red wine.

16 comments:

Sheila said...

Wow Mary, that center apple with the stem pointing toward us is awesome! I think it's one of the best drawings to date! The skin of the apple is right on and it looks very shiny and juicy.

You Granada painting looks great on display. I'm glad you had a good time. Mmmmm Paella....

Mary Paquet said...

Sheila, thanks for checking in. The apples are a challenge! Having some pieces in a show is fun.

Peggy Stermer-Cox said...

Hi Mary; Wonderful! I enjoy seeing the work you're doing. I agree with Sheila, the drawing is very well done!

Peggy Stermer-Cox said...

...and, I think I would enjoy this class you're taking. I like the work your instructor has you doing. Neat you're working in pastel.

Mary Paquet said...

Peggy I found out about this class when I was just starting a reduced workweek and had freed up my Mondays. It's been the best single thing I did for developing my skills. The class is very low key and a group of regulars has made for some wonderful friendships. Bob is a a kind and gentle person and a most accomplished artist. You love to draw, so I know you would love the class.

The pastels came up in the last year or so when others asked about doing them. Bob paints mainly in oil, but he is also an excellent pastelist. I resisted at first because I can more easily do value and form rendering in black and white, but eventually I tried it, and I am really enjoying doing pastels. Yesterday, though, ws the first time I actually used them outside of class to finish this piece that was headed for the half done stack.

Pepe444 said...

Great job
Really amazing :)

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Janice said...

Mary what a wonderful and delicious looking drawing! Both to the eye and the palate!!!

Mary Paquet said...

Pepe, thanks for your comments. I visited your blog but was unable to leave a comment -- sorry. Nice flamenco.

Janice, thanks for the encouragement. I am always challenged by these still lifes.

Barb Sailor said...

Your drawing is excellent in this one, Mary. The colors are beautiful - both combining to form a beautiful pastel painting. Nice work.

hwfarber said...

Nice work. It's hard to work shading onto bowls with pattern-- juicy-looking apple at the top.

AutumnLeaves said...

What a lovely job, especially on the Delft bowl, Mary. I love the subtlety of its tones allowing the apples to be the star of the show. Thank you for finding my blog; now I can follow along and learn at your knees!

Mary Paquet said...

Sherry, thanks so much for visiting. I have so much to learn, but as they say, practice, practice, practice.

PAMO said...

My favorite apple is the one in the bowl on the right! Nicely done painting btw. How cool that your art is hanging in the restaurant- what a great fund raiser and a great way for others to view your art. I always enjoy looking at your art Mary. You are very talented.

Mary Paquet said...

Thanks, Barb, Barb, Hallie, and Pam, for following and encouraging me, even on these drawing exercises.

Barbra Joan said...

Mary, this pastel piece is outstanding... Love it. Drawing is very good, compostion , it has everthing.

theresamillerwatercolors said...

Beautiful still life, Mary!