Monday, July 28, 2014

Summer Flowers in Pen

This and Joseph is ready to complete. I had decided before to learn for real how to sculpt the human figure and simple not complete Joseph. At the end of the day; however, he really is worth casting as is. All that I changed was the hair and a little smoothing. Enough. It is time to cast. Not sure when that will happen. I need to get some materials first, and that may take awhile.
I am still working on the learn human figure sculpting project. The next step is to draw and name the muscles from the back.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Comets Like Goldfish

This is an intuitive non dominant hand drawing. I've posted these sort of drawings before a few times.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Monday, July 7, 2014

Farewell to the Patio

Headed off on retreat today. Won't be posting again until the week of 7/14.

Friday, July 4, 2014

View Through Balcony Railing

More on the human figure project: Moving on to the muscle groups. The names are a mishmash. Ignore them.
I might need to bite the bullet and buy some books recommended by Shana ( It is difficult to understand the muscles from 2-D drawings.

Also, a few thoughts on the human figure: I've always been interested in the human form. As a kid, I was a gymnast, and then danced (ballet) for several years. I also coached gymnastics. Do, I've spent a lot of time in a leotard and watched a lot of other people in leotards. Both ballet and gymnastics involve both mechanics and aesthetics as far as the body is concerned.
There is a darker side to my interest in the human form as well. Like many American women, I have spent uncountable lost hours comparing, despairing, coveting, and abusing where the human form was concerned - mine or someone else's.
As an artist and as an intellectually curious human being (the aspect of myself for which this blog provides an outlet), the human figure offers a new visual language, one that needs to be understood from the inside in order to be used. Kind of like calligraphy. I really enjoyed my little foray into calligraphy. It's like a secret cave to go into and explore.
I know that God brings good out of evil and that he also uses everything good to be fruitful. I have used and abused the body. I have also always loved it. May this little foray be redemptive to what is disordered and make richer that which is good.