Monday, February 20, 2012


I've been trying my hand at painting portraits, figures and
landscapes while a voice in my head keeps saying "there's
something I'm not understanding here." So it occurred to me
that maybe drawing would help in that understanding. Those pesky
values are easier to see and compare and without color as a
distraction, it's easier to hone in on actual observation as the
thing to develop. My intention is to move towards abstracting
reality, but without a basic understanding of the figure, my results
have been less than satisfying. To see some really powerful drawings, 
click here and scroll down to Older Posts and Nicolai Fechin's work.
There's a lot of good work there along the way, too.


Carol Schiff Studio said...

This is a wonderful portrait/drawing Lorraine. I hope you are pleased with it.

When you talk of abstracting reality,
"But without the basics" what are you referring to?

So happy to see another post from you.

Diane ~ said...

beautiful! makes me wonder what she is contemplating.

Nora MacPhail said...

This is just gorgeous! Very soft. Lovely.
Happy Painting... and Drawing.

Linda Popple said...

So good to see you back posting. I've missed you!
Beautiful drawing, Lorraine! I also looked at the other site and wow!! Beautiful!!

carol morgan carmichael said...

This is a stunning drqwing. It is not clear if it is yours. I am guessing it is. Wonderful!

Darla McDowell said...

Absolutely beautiful, Lorraine. Wow!

hmuxo said...

I think you did an amazing job with this portrait, Lorraine...She's absolutely beautiful!

Virginia Floyd said...

This is a beautiful portrait, Lorraine. Well done! Are you taking a class, or just painting on your own? I've missed your posting, too.

I'm still slogging through my book. I am happier with my paintings than I was a year ago. No deep despair, but still not satisfied. That's good, right?

Kathy Cousart said...

Wow- wonderful. I am looking at the darks and the edges...really fabulous! Love the eyes too.

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Karen Werner said...

This is beautiful.

Jane said...

Drawing doesn't seem to create any problems for you, this is awesome!