Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Monday morning drawing class: It's the beer

"It's the Beer"
14" x 12" Pastel

Finally I made it back to drawing class after missing several Mondays for travel and meetings. We did a still life setup with a German beer stein and a fresh persimmon. The stein was challenging, full of ellipses and decorated with a lively scene. I felt pretty good that Bob didn't say, "Let me sit down a minute....," a sure signal that I need help. I began  with size, shape and placement, Bob's mantra. I carefully measured using my dowel stick.  I began by applying the background colors so I would have a reference. Next I did the darkest darks on the stein. I saved the persimmon for last. I found the drawing challenging and half the three-hour class time elapsed before I started selecting my pastels. It felt good to be "back in the saddle again." One more class scheduled this year, then a two-week vacation over the holidays,

Here is my favorite model dressed in his Anderson Clan formal attire for a holiday party, backed by my art. I will add that similar to the animal kingdom, I was much less fancy than my partner in my mundane red holiday dress.

Model Bob dressed in his formal Anderson kilt


hmuxo said...

Wonderful post and beautiful painting.! love the reflections on the beer mug.!

conservativelybohemian said...

I love men in kilts. But then I'm Scot myself in my lineage (Great great Grandmother). The stein is marvelously done, Mary!

hw (hallie) farber said...

Wow--and you get to dance with this handsome model in kilts.

You did a wonderful job on the beer stein (I think I need to try a dowel stick) and the persimmon is perfect.

Barbra Joan said...

Hi Mary, love the pastel, you know your pastels are always a favorite of mine.
The guy in the kilt looking good and know he's a favorite of yours too. Wishing you both a beautiful Christmas, Happy Holidays and all that good cheer .. You've had a wonderful and exciting 2011, I should know as I've followed you everywhere !!!
hugs, from Barbra

Mary Paquet said...

Thanks, dear friends, for keeping up with my art adventures. Bob enjoyed your kilt comments, too. He got to wear the kilt last night when we attended a Gaelic Christmas concert. It was appropriate. I joked with friends that I wore the pants in the family, referring to my mundane casual outfit.

Bob Eltgroth said...

Me thinks a glass of single malt would make for a better study than the beer.

Mary Paquet said...

I see that not only have my special blog friends checked in, but the kilt-wearing, single-malt aficionado, and favorite tandem captain even saw fit to comment.