WIP3 And The Princess

Princess Show

Lilibeth André, The Princess, graphite on paper

The TEAM ART exhibition opened at Rice University’s Media Center. This is the annual student show. I was proud to hang with these very talented students and enjoyed working with them too.

The reception was enjoyable. A wonderful variety of artwork from sculpture to drawings was displayed. The exhibition continues through May. If you stop by look for The Princess on the second level. Pick up a show guide. I’m on the ‘right’ wall, number 20. And enjoy the show!

This graphite drawing was one of the pieces I did in a figure drawing class I took in the fall with Darra Keeton. Darra is a wonderful and high energy artist. She was able to charge us up and pushed, pushed, pushed! We worked with a new figure model each week, put in some tremendous physical work at the easel and left the class fearless.

Detail, The Princess

Detail, Lilibeth André, The Princess

For the drawing we asked the model to wear a gown. I had the privilege of setting up the pose and took on the challenge of perspective. Criteria for the day was: small drawing with hard pencil. Needless to say, my favorite part of the drawing was the hand.

This week I had the pleasure to join some friends in celebration of MECA’s wonderful achievements. The work they do to promote the arts in the community and the kids that flourish with their support is amazing!  MECA is indeed Multicultural Education and Counseling Through The Arts! Visit them and see for yourself. Better yet, volunteer!

In my portrait class with William Kalwick I continue to work on Woman With Basket. This is the third session and I’ve made considerable progress.

In this session I focused on adding light. I began to prepare for the last sitting where I expect to make the last detail work on the figure. I also made additional changes to the positioning of the legs and feet. I recalled the various positions I had seen and from my artist memory chose the one I liked the best based on what I had originally drawn on the canvas.

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Lilibeth André, Woman with Basket, WIP 3

The detail I show here gives you a better idea on what was accomplished in this third session. More work on the face for definition without losing the shadow. Work on the hands, and of course, the basket. A little correction on the hat and now the dress has light. I’m still undecided on the hair.

Did you notice I removed her left foot? It was a matter of geometry and scale. In this case, the third change was the charm. This change allowed me to make the proper corrections to the skirt.

There is a bug on her hat. No, I didn’t add a but, that’s a real bug on the painting. I took the board out to the yard to get some nice light for the photo. One thing you discover in Houston is that bugs of all sizes, especially the flying types, just love fresh paint. So enjoy the detail, bug and all.

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Detail, Lilibeth André, Woman With Basket

TEAM ART Exhibition

One of my graphite figure drawings, The Princess, was chosen for the TEAM ART 2010 Annual Student Art Exhibition presented by the Rice University Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts.

The exhibition takes place April 22, 2010, and begins at 6pm. The exhibition takes place in the Rice Media Center.

The event also includes a Digital Media Exhibtion, and the Senior Exhibition. More at: arts.rice.edu

Do I See Progress?

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Lilibeth André, Woman with Basket, Work in Progress 2

This is the phase of a work that doesn’t seem to advance much. The corrections take time. It is a matter of observing the model and looking at the block-in to see what may be off. I look for angles and proportion. This is where work begins to take place to create the dimensional modeling in the drawing, where the flat canvas surface begins to be carved into a three-dimensional image.

Here is the overall painting as it is today. You can see  some obvious work done to the background. I made a correction on the left foot and didn’t work the legs much. I focused on making corrections to the body and hat, mostly covering the area shown in the detail.

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Detail, Woman with Basket, WIP 2

The arms and hands were the primary focus of my work during this session. I corrected the right strap to what it was in this sitting. The basket placement changed during each break so finding the placement I wanted to keep was a bit of a challenge. Each shift affected the placement of the hands. The hair changed too but I kept the original style.

I want to keep the shadow in the face and bring out the lights more. I will focus on that during the next session. Overall, I am happy with the work accomplished in this sitting and look forward to more definition next week.

A Mental Recess With Art?

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Lilibeth André, Woman with Basket, Work in Progress 1

I enjoy my painting group. It becomes a family of sorts. We struggle together and watch each other develop. We share challenges and successes. We work intensely and we relax during the breaks long enough to chat a bit. We have our good days and we have our low days. Most of all, we have a mutual love for painting.

I have a new work in progress to share with you. I am painting this piece from the light side of the studio. I brought a 24×18 canvas board to work on and chose a full figure pose.

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Detail, Woman with Basket, WIP 1

The color block-in has been completed and I am ready for drawing corrections to be done in the next session.

I am including a close up to show the level of detail accomplished at this point. I like the light and will focus on that in the coming work.

So I look forward to the next session. It is a mental recess from all other things that engage me the rest of the time, a brief vacation of sorts.

So What Makes A Sustainable Artist?

To be a sustainable artist, I would say you must be a sustainable person. And how am I sustainable? Let me count the ways:

1. The most immediate thing is that I use water-soluble oils to avoid the use of solvents. That’s the same reason I use colored pencils, acrylic paints and watercolors. This is for my health and that of the environment.

2. I recycle at home. In a house of four able bodies, our 96 gallon trash container is hardly ever full. We recycle paper, plastic, metal, glass, and newspapers and magazines. This saves landfill space and is good for the environment.

3. We also recycle other things. This is to reduce our consumption of new products and reuse things that can have another life. We give things to charity to extend their life-cycle too. These items range from clothes to furniture and just about everything. This is good for raw material and the environment.

4. We use compact flourescent lights just about everywhere. This gave me an immediate 30% reduction in my electric bill. I also patronize wind-generated utilities. This is good for my pocketbook and the environment.

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Lilibeth André painting in Galveston, Texas

5. I don’t buy most household hazardous materials and rely on elbow grease to do the work. Not an easy task when short on time but we have less irritants in our household air as a result. This is good for our health and the environment.

6. We are making strides in buying local and organic. This is not an easy thing to do but we like to support everything from local growers to local artists. This is good for our local economy, our health and the environment.

7. I never water my lawn (easy to do in my area), use herbicides or fertilizers, and have an electric mulching mower. We have a garden compost pile and chop the big things down letting them wither down in their own time. This is good for the landfill and the environment.

8. We have lots of fans to raise the wind chill and lower the A/C use. Not the same in our warm weather days but it’s survivable when you don’t have to wear a suit. This is good for the pocketbook and the environment.

9. I am eating less, more vegetarian and fresh foods again. I have fresh herbs at my table, fruit trees in my yard and maybe will add some veggies if I can remembe to water them. This is good for my waist line, tastebuds, health, pocketbook and the environment.

10. I carpool, walk and sometimes ‘even’ ride my bike (inside joke) as much as I can. I could do more here but I only have a 12-mile commute and getting there dry is a plus when short on time.

So with these ten examples, I am sharing my personal plan for sustainability. By reducing my consumption of goods and being a good steward of the resources I use, I say I am a sustainable person. In my artwork I preserve the environment and culture through my paintings besides reducing toxic material use as much as possible.

How are you sustainable?

Sketching At the Beach

Sails at the Bay

Lilibeth André, Sails at the Bay, oil, 12x16

The weather has been just great for outdoor painting and although a bit windy at times and with some cloud cover off and on, painting at the beach has been fun.

I quickly set up my easel and watched the scene as several sail boats frolicked in the choppy waves. This would be an exercise in painting memory because nothing was standing still. The clouds came and went and the color of the bay changed dramatically with the light variations.

I worked out this sketch and added the boats from memory. By the time I got to the boats, they had all gone back to the dock avoiding the challenging winds.

I wrapped this day with a little sun close to the ground where the warmth of the rays had concentrated. I then took a jog along the shoreside road and went with the wind.

For the next project, a group of twenty artists met on The Strand for lunch. Afterwards, we descended on the beach to paint our model. It is always interesting to see the different ways we all see the scene. During breaks we enjoy visiting each easel to chat with the other artists about their work and perspective.

Spring Shore

Lilibeth André, Spring Shore, oil, 12x16

For this piece I definitely felt the need to incorporate the scene. It seemed just as important as the model to reflect how I felt about it. The day was sunny, with a breeze and some errant clouds popping between the sun and us. This change affected the color of the landscape and gave us a chill, especially the model who was in a summer dress.

Painting outdoors is a challenge and protecting myself from the elements is important if I want to be pain free after a full day in the sun. Though I had my bathing suit on, it never saw the light of day. By the time I finished my sketch, the clouds were more abundant and I reached for my blanket instead.

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