Figure Drawing practice – 03/24/17

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Figure Drawing – 03/24/17
©2017 Dave Casey
15×10″ –  charcoal on newsprint
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Just a quick, 45-minute drawing today. This is based on a lesson from Steve Huston. I was going to put a link to the lesson here, but New Masters Academy has pulled the lesson down from Youtube. I’m glad I downloaded it when it was up, because it is a great lesson.

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Figure Drawing practice – 03/17/17

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Figure Drawing – 03/17/17
©2017 Dave Casey
14×17″ –  charcoal on paper
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Busted out the larger paper today for some drawing practice. The drawing above is actually the second drawing I did today. The first one was such a disaster that it will never see the light of day. It was crumpled and tossed in the trash. This second effort is quite good. I can see a couple of things I would correct, but for the most part, I like it.


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Apple, Orange and Glass – oil on wood panel


Apple, Orange and Glass
©2017 Dave Casey
6×6″ –  oil on wood panel
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Realized that I haven’t done a pure, palette knife painting in quite awhile. The great thing about these kinds of paintings is the clean up. Wipe off the palette knife and you’re finished. No washing of brushes, no need for solvent. And the paintings come out quite loose and free.

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Pair of Apples – oil on wood panel

170213-pair-of-apples-001a-8x8-oil-on-wood-panelPair of Apples
©2017 Dave Casey
8×8″ –  oil on wood panel
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It’s been over a month since I’ve picked up a brush and done some painting. I’ve spent the past month working on my drawing skills and I felt it was time to get back to the easel and spread some paint around. I just wanted to do something simple, that I’ve done dozens of times before. Apples it is.

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Bargue Drawing practice – 02/05/16

170205-bargue-9aBargue Drawing – 02/05/17
©2017 Dave Casey
10×5″ –  pencil on paper
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Well, I’ve been away from the drawing tools for a couple of days since the end of the 30-in-30 painting challenge. I’ve been getting back to work on my novel, trying that ready to send to my editor by the end of March. If all goes well there, it will hit the stores by early to mid-summer.

But, I can’t stay away from the drawing practice or I would give back all the gains I made during the month of January. So it will be a delicate balance between getting my writing done and also working on my art. But, that’s the great thing about being retired. I have plenty of time to do both. Now I  just have to find the time for my other passion, birding. Oh, so many things to do, so little time to get them done.

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New art installation

When I set out to clean up the studio and make a few changes in arrangements, I found that I now had room to put in an art installation. So, without further ado, my latest creation.

I call it Time Measured.

This is a commentary on how our lives are measured and how finite that measurement is. It is an existential look at questioning our place in the cosmos and how puny we are compared to the vastness of it all. When looking at it, you should feel a sense of awe, but also a bit of depression when you consider how little your own sense of self-worth matters in the grand scheme of things.

Offered at $1.78 million and I will fly anywhere in the US to hang it personally. I’ll even include a nifty plaque (index card complete with thumbtack) with explanation and my signature. If you don’t need my hanging services, I will arrange shipping in a very sturdy, completely safe Priority Mail box.

Should a bidding war erupt over this, soon to be, classic work of art, obviously it will go to the highest bidder. Initial bid will be $1.62 million. But, I may be convinced to offer numbered editions to this installation. Obviously, any editions will be changed slightly to keep from devaluing this priceless original work of art. There is even a thought to offering numbered prints of this wonderful piece of art.

This installation would look fantastic next to my other installations, Pile of Dirty Sneakers, Load of Unwashed Laundry and the ever popular, Sink of Dirty Dishes. I would include Rotten Banana on a Window Sill, but Honey Bunny threw it out by mistake. She has no culture whatsoever.

So, it is now time to unveil this beautiful work of art.

Any inquiries from the Museum of Modern Art (New York or Los Angeles) will be answered promptly as long as my asking price is met.
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30-in-30 Paintings – Finale

So, we come to the end of the 30-in-30 challenge and Leslie always asks that we post a collage of the work that we did during the month. I like to do a video instead of a static picture. So, enjoy.

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30-in-30 Paintings – Day 30

day-30bFigure Drawing – 01/31/17
©2017 Dave Casey
11×14″ –  pencil on Bristol vellum
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This is day thirty of the 30-in-30 challenge. So ends another twice-yearly month-ling challenge from Leslie. When I started the month I had two goals. To actually do thirty drawings during the month. This is the first time I’ve done her challenge that I actually did accomplish this, though I am pushing it with being one day late. But hey, it’s still January so I feel good about this.

And the second goal was to work on my drawing skills. Using the grid method and using the Bargue plates allowed me to get proportions right and turn out some drawings that are actually pleasing to my eyes. Again, mission accomplished.

The drawing above is based on a drawing by Anton Raphael Mengs. He was a German artist that lived in the mid-1700’s, with this drawing being done in 1778, one year before his death. One little tidbit of history for you ladies, Mengs was a good friend of Casanova. I’m not sure if he was quite the equal of his Lothario friend, but he did have twenty kids, so I guess there’s that.

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30-in-30 Paintings – Day 29

day-29Bargue Drawing – 01/29/17
©2017 Dave Casey
10×4″ –  pencil on paper
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This is day twenty-nine of the 30-in-30 challenge. This isn’t really a Bargue plate. This is a drawing based on a drawing Raphael did of Michelangelo’s statue of David. He drew this image when the statue was first placed in the courtyard of the Palazzo Vecchio. With its current placement, this kind of view would be nearly impossible to achieve. You will notice that Raphael did away with the sling over the shoulder of David and lost most of the view of David’s left leg. Kind of makes him look like he’s standing on one foot.

Just one more day to go on the challenge and I’m ready to get started on the last drawing. I’m not sure what I want to do. I have some more Raphaels, a couple Michelangelos and a couple Rembrandts. Hmmm, decisions decisions.



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30-in-30 Paintings – Day 28

day-28Bargue Drawing – 01/28/17
©2017 Dave Casey
11×6″ –  pencil on paper
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This is day twenty-eight of the 30-in-30 challenge. Moving into some full figures at the end of the challenge. These take a LONG time to finish. But, there are only two more days to go and then this month’s challenge is over. I haven’t quite decided where to go after this month is finished. I do need to do some serious work on my novel. but I also want to continue with drawing practice. I need to think about it.

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