Peruvian Retablo at peaceable kingdom

From a wonderful art class at Peaceable Kingdom on Ives St. in Providence.  Joan and her husband have a fabulous collection from around the globe.  It was hard to settle down and sketch one thing but I managed with this …are you ready? dog party retablo.  Can you believe it?  I think it might be my bravest sketch ever, small endeavor that it was.  I love my paint box, not because it allows me to capture what I am seeing but because it helps me enjoy it, and life, more.dp2646_1.jpeg

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we started with color swatches
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Peruvian Retablo from Peaceable Kingdom

Sketching workshop at Bryant

Photos and demo sketches from a workshop at Bryant U for a Creativity and the Arts course taught by Joan Zaretti.  The students were fabulous! We went over guidelines for drawing from art. (Like the thumbnail sketching tutorial here.) We worked from university portraits but also tackled Gericault’s Raft of the Medusa, Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People, as well as a Cezanne and a Monet from the RISD Museum collection.

I found the work of Suzanne Hodes in the Bryant art collection and had trouble pulling myself away.

Class notes, figure

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note on a bit of tracing paper

I ran across this drawing notation made about a student’s drawing and wanted to see if I could piece the picture together from the notation and what I remembered about her photo an description of the moment-a happy boy and all that dog!

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picture in my (lightweight) sketchbook (not on tracing paper though it looks it)

Figure sketch

Color added to a value sketch

From our Figures and Faces class.  We began with gesture sketches.  Then started our painting with the color swatches and a value study (below). The students then, intuitively, rather than beginning another color sketch, added color to the value study.  Something I hadn’t planned on but that worked beautifully.

 

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dp2596.jpeg Gesture study after
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Gesture study after Luca Cambiaso