Saturday, July 30, 2005

My little girls

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I have been fascinated by drawing the human figure for the longest time, probably because I don't do it very well. They aren't as easy as drawing a building or a salt shaker on your kitchen counter; these things you can miss slightly when you sketch them but not a human figure. We humans have had a lot of experience seeing and understanding the figure. We understand the slight nuances of a smile, smirk or playful banter. And if you mess up the direction of a line or draw too much you destroy the outcome.

It is easier to draw my kids when they sleep as they aren't burning pure energy or looking at what I'm drawing and asking me to prepare their paints for them so they can sketch with me (which I love doing). I felt I got it somewhat right when I asked each of them who it was and they answered correctly!! (I paid them off accordingly). Still I feel I have more to learn.

Above is my daughter Miriama (Mimi for short). The drawing on the left Jenny disliked as I missed the proportions on her upper shoulder. Underscoring the great acuity we have for those we know intimately. Had I sketched our car or bicycle she would've not seen I had misdrawn the wheels or fender. But miss the nuance of the eyes or how the nose sits on the face or the cute rounded cheeks then it is immediately picked up on. Maybe it is easier to draw caricatures or cartoons then we can take more liberties. I like the drawings on the right side of the page better. Joshua liked the one of Mimi drinking her bottle- which I thought I goofed up on as well. It is amazing that what we like or think is good are different from everyone else at times.

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Above is my middle beauty Ariana- she is four years old and is already worrying Mom & Dad about the hearts she'll break. Applying watercolor to her face is more abstract.

I think I'm going to go back to what Charles Reid said about applying color. He stressed the importance of not only seeing correct value but applying paint in terms of color shapes. His paintings don't have the subtleties of color but are rather applied quite boldly using correct value although he imagineers his color schemes. I don't know if he said this exactly but it is what I understood and want to explore; and that is the most important part- experimentation. You won't know unless you tried it.

Try mixing color on the paper instead of on the pallete like Mr. Reid does- it is a nerve shattering experience- although you get some interesting and sometimes horrifying results.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

What a lovely family......and your renderings seem to capture the relaxation of sleep. I don't think you're giving yourself enough credit on your ability to draw figures.

Kathleen Marie said...

I've enjoyed seeing your figure sketches. I totally agree with your mentioning Charles Reid. I admire his direct technique. The results (his) are just amazing. I think your figure study project is valid for all of us. I need to do more too. Beautiful children!

Kathleen Marie said...

By the way, I think you have captured the Charles Reid style in the face of this painting. I see the color shapes. My attempts aren't near as close as yours when I try it! :)

Linda said...

These are just beautiful! You truly captured the quietness of children asleep. I really enjoyed scrolling through all the drawings on your blog, and especially liked the drawings for the poor owl story. I've bookmarked your site and will be coming back to visit often. Glad you finally announced your presence on the Everyday Matters Group -- really, we're not just about the weekly challenges at all and, personally, I love seeing people's day to day art.

Julie said...

These sketches are beautiful. I love the way you captured your children as they were sleeping. So sweet. I need to draw my kids more. I have never been to your blog before, and I love your work. I will definitely be back, thanks for sharing!

wolfwoman said...

Puhiava - so nice to see your sketchbook on the EM site. I scrolled through all of your sketches and really enjoyed reading your comments about your experiences with color and value and the need to feel free to experiment. You have made many suggestions that I think will help me in my quest to improve my art. And the paintings of your children are lovely! Maybe you see room for imrovement, but I think they are a beautiful representation of children at peace.

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Valerie said...

Love the sketches of your precious child. Wait til she sees it when she grows up!!

Cin said...

I've just been exploring your blog, your sketches are wonderful!