Thanks Stormy. I used to love painting them that's what I actually studied for two years in NYC under a real master. Classical portraiture in oils.
I never did pastel or water color, studied a little bit of landscape....and I still have block about going back to oils.....
What if I can't do it any more?
(as my friend said, "What if you CAN???")
My last kid just left last week, which leaves me some time and space to work. Getting out oils is a commitment ! It's hard to clean up and put away, and I do still have three cats and three dogs that like to help!!
Name: Stormy Valley Forge Pa I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Ooooooo I'm a Sargeant lover. Maybe I'll post one of my portraits on the Art Lover's thread. Stick with it, Dorothy. You will get there, IF you want to. Other mediums are fine too. Pastels make beautiful portraits
Dorothy, those are beautiful. I do portraits, too, but in oils, although this has been a terrible year for commissions. I would love to try pastels but I have a tight style and can't let go the way you do in that medium. How did you get yourself going in this?
When I was a student at NYU many years ago I took life drawing classes at the Art Students League, and learned a lot from the exercises. I haven't had any formal lessons since the ones I took twenty years ago to help me get my feet wet using color. I've been using oils since then.
I studied Classical Oil Portraiture with David Leffel at the Art Students League, five days a week for two years! ALways a live model.... And I did the Saturday life drawing classes. Working from life, it's hard to be tight since things change, and you have to nail it fast. It's a great way to learn. Maybe I can arm twist some kids into modeling, the hard economic times might help there!
THe painting behind you looks great. Have you posted any? I would guess it's a bad year for art, as it is for most everything. But think of it as an opportunity to experiment. (And maybe cheaper models????)
Hard times DO inspire creativity if you let them. You need more creativity in hard times.
Stick around, and we'll all get through it!!!
(PS used to live in Leonardo NJ by Sandy Hook....at least you can get to really good art stores & peruse pastel colors for a cheap fix!!)
Dorothy, I haven't posted anything here, but I'll put up one of my French paintings; this is from a photo I took at the Tuileries in Paris. It's 16x20/oil on canvas.
The fellow who taught me oils was very impressed with David Leffel, but although I think he's excellent, his work is too dark for my taste. I prefer more light and color (as you can see!) What a wonderful experience to study with him, though. The discipline shows in your work.
Oh, and no, I can't get to real art stores unless I go into Philadelphia; I live in a very rural area in southern NJ!
Wow, nice! I agree about Leffel and color, but I wanted to study the real deal classical stuff as a base. And it was great. He is great at solid form and light and dark, and the stuff in person just leaps off the canvas. It's subtle, but he typically works only with one strong light source, and he is very clear what the painting is about.
I was so lucky to have the chance!
You don't want to set up a Cubit for your work, or join one? Do you have a website?
Oh, yes, I have a website. You can visit http://www.leslieficcaglia.org I use it primarily as an online portfolio to refer people to if they're interested in commissioning something and want to see more of my work. Since I have that available I don't need to set up a Cubit, or use Facebook, although I know a lot of artists who do that.
I do envy you the opportunity to study more classically. That must have been terrific, to be able to learn from him. I've occasionally looked at courses offered at Nelson Shanks' school, because I think he's wonderful, but I have too many other things going on and just never bothered. Also, I'm afraid I lack the discipline!
FIrst time I tried it...did a sketch, then blocked it in with watercolor, and then went back in with pastel. It was on watercolor paper.
I've never tried combining them, and it seemed to make it a lot faster and freer...I spent about 2 hours on that, and it's pretty big...maybe 20"x24".
i like being able to re draw the outlines (I also like working kind of fast and messy, and them I'm disappointed to lose my drawing, so this way I get to put it back!)
Name: Cherie (Cece) Coogan Southeastern WI zone 5a
Interesting Dorothy, I like the painting and glad to see you are getting back to it a little more. Patiently waiting for whatever you wish to post on here. When You and a rich and famous artist can I say oh yeah I knew her when