What a tough pose to draw!! I thought I would never get the appendages right. I drew for an HOUR. I never draw that long. And I still think her arm is too long.
Drawing at first break.
second break rearranging her appendages. Those hands shoot me.
Time to go. Face not finished I think. She’s coming long back in September so another go round with Miss Kate Marie.
Margaret exhausted from driving home for FOUR hours because of the monsoon rains. Zero visibility. Then a retirement reception in Aiken for another 60 miles tonite. I am not doing anything tomorrow. Well maybe the Dillard’s sale. 40% off. How can I resist?!
The verdict is out on my huge painting of Ilania today. It’s 30×22-a lot of territory to cover in 90 minus even with the brush I used-my 16 Cheap Joes Legend. WHY did I put the blue on her face. Sigh. I resolve to NEVER do that again. Maybe some background will make it look better. We shall see manana.
Meant to go back and correct her foot after first break but I forgot.
Drawn with a chunk of 2B lead on Sanders Waterford watercolor paper that al gave me. It’s the paper Queen Victoria used.
Second break. Only problem here is the too skinny foot.
Colors used skin carmine and cad yellow pale red is cad red light.
According to Judy Reid who keeps Charles Reid organized and the class too. Judy also arranged the flowers, assigns seats, sells paintings coordinates book signings and buys Charles a new baseball cap without which I think he could not paint.
The kindergarten teacher may have retired but she still is herding her class. A funny lovely lady Judy tells a good version of the Chuck and Judy show as she bills them which has been going on since 1961 when they met at U of Vermont. Behind every great painter is a well organized woman if they are lucky enough.
Here’s the Charles Reid story according to Judy with a few amendments from Charles.
BYTW Charles does not like to exercise. His brother the doctor did and is long gone. Charles is 81 and going strong.
And according to Charles these are the main student problems.
The evening of the next to the last day of class Colette, Mike and I sat on the rooftop of the Homewood suites and made a list of our favorite Charles Reidisms. Here they are
Looks a little plain compared to the other pages. Guess I will have to paint it too.
Been working on a new painting most of the day. Did I say Tahred. On melt down trying to get an entry together for the SC Watermedia National Show. Entries due next Friday. 🙀
I even bought an interesting shaped bottle of olive oil today. Calling this painting Ratatouille because of the veggies in it. Just couldn’t do another eggplant aka Barney painting.
Did five sketches of geese at Browns Feed and Seed. I wandered across them when I was looking for there chickens that are usually at Browns. just as much fun to draw geese as chickens and they don’t run around as much. Two are still in the car. Not the geese. Sketches!! 😂
Paintings done with Charles Reid colors. New Palette. The other one was getting old and rusty with enamel popping off.
Lamy pen Noodler Eelskin ink and Stillman and Birn sketchbook.
I drew this the night we hung out at the bar restaurant on top of the Homewood Suites. Dummy me forgot to take a picture of the scene so I improvised colors.
The grey building on the left is actually the Pirates House one of the oldest buildings in Savannah. Men used to be shanghaied from the place and impressed into service on the ships at the nearby harbor. The restaurant will give you a tour of the tunnels under it where the kidnappers took the men to the ships.
Colors used Charles Reid palette. Stillman and Birn sketchbook Lamy Ef Noodler Eelskin Ink.
One day when I was in Savannah I got up at the crack of dawn to go draw old town Savannah.
I really wanted to draw the big fountain in Forsyth Park but it would have used all my time up to walk to it and draw so I drove over to Monterey Square to draw the Mercer House. I actually ended up drawing all four corners of the square. Aka more houses to come.
The family home of Johnny Mercer of Moon River song fame and where a infamous murder took place back in the late eighties. The murder was made famous by the Book and the movie starring Kevin Spacey Midnite in the Garden of Good and Evil.
Due to the murder and two other deaths it’s one of the most haunted homes in Savannah. A young boy actually fell from the roof and died when he was impaled on the wrought iron fence. Terrible story isn’t it?!!
Painted with watercolor pencils and my whiskey painter palette. And a white univalve gel pen.
Ps I had fun splattering the greenery and the resurrection that swathes the old live oaks branches by tapping on my size ten davinci brush Not the Ferrel.
One of the things I like to do at a class is to interperse my class notes with drawings of my classmates so I can remember them.
You would be surprised how many times the same people show up in classes. One advantages is they are paying attention and hold quite still so are fairly easy to draw.
Mike is one my friends that I go to Alot of classes with. This is our third time with Charles and our fifth class together. We are already plotting another Charles class and a trip to art in the Carolinas. We have also take Ted Nuttall and Fealing Lin together since we met at Cheap Joes three Charles Reid classes ago.
Mike Gantt at Ted Nuttalls class
Mike Gantt still at Ted Nuttalls class
I think Mike has been in every sketchbook I did during class aka my class notes. Usually I draw her with our friend Karen is there but Karen’s moving house so she didn’t take the class with us this time. 😏
This time Mike is with her fabulous photographer husband Allan Clark. Check him out on Facebook. He’s a sweetheart who schleps us around to dinner on our road trips.
Look for more appearances of Karen. We are going on a 19 day transatlantic cruise next year so I am sure I will be drawing her again.
Colors used: Charles Reid colors of course. Lamy EF with Noodler eelskin ink in my stillman and birn.
That’s it for tonite. We waded thru Anna Karenina at book club tonite. Margaret about ready for bed. Xoxoxox