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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Figure lying down, drawing, pencil on paper

Figure drawing, pencil on paper, 11 x 14
SOLD to a collector in North Carolina

Thus far in my figure drawing class, I've been drawing by observation, rather than by knowledge of anatomy. Eventually, I'd like the anatomical structure of the body to inform my drawings, along with observation of what's on the surface. To that end, I've been studying from a set of CD's called "The Structure of Man - Learn to draw the human figure from your mind". The author, Riven Phoenix, approaches drawing of the human form as an imaginative exercise, as if the artist is inventing the figure from scratch. His is a novel approach which I hope will improve my understanding of the human figure.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Oil painting of woman at beach; figurative art, self-potrait

woman at beach in bikini oil painting Marie Fox

Oil on Canvas, 24" x 20" - $500  
SOLD to a collector in California


Twenty years ago I painted myself in this pose, wearing a pink bikini. To create a "self-portrait" for my painting challenge group, I added my right hand holding a book and invented the beach scene. Soon the painting became a story, it seemed, about someone else. She's at the beach in her red bikini. She was reading, but her book has dropped back to rest against her leg. She's probably daydreaming, as one does at the beach. And there's that guy just beyond the top edge of her book. And a sailboat racing by. And it's summer...

Friday, July 17, 2009

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Pencil Drawing: Woman Seated on Stool

Figure drawing, charcoal on paper, 14" x 11"

Happy news! My painting Sounds of the Sea was just accepted for a juried exhibit, California Open Exhibition, at TAG Gallery in Santa Monica, California. The show runs from August 19- September 5. (Click title or scroll down page to see the painting.) This city was home to me for five years, and I'm very pleased that my art will be traveling from New England to pay a visit. Hey, those girls might just take off for the nearby beach and ditch that shell. Why not listen to the real waves....and splash in them!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Figurative art, woman on elbow

Pencil on paper, 11 x 14

Jim Dine quote about drawing:
… I knew drawing was essential to me. It kept alive the need I had for family. It gave me a line of tradition that led me back to artists I admired, not just Rembrandt and Picasso, Matisse and Degas, but others who are dismissed but who gave their lives to drawing.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Standing figure model, drawing in pencil

I bought a fabulous drawing book recently called "Classic Human Anatomy" by Valerie Winslow. The author is a skilled artist with an encyclopedic knowledge of human anatomy. Really, an unusual combination. She presents the anatomical information in great detail but always with the artist, not the medical student, in mind. I absolutely love this book and am slowly working my way through it.

11 x 14, pencil on paper

Friday, July 10, 2009

Sounds of the Sea, figurative oil painting, 24" x 30", two women & sea shell, Italian landscape & interior, almost nude females

Sounds Of The Sea, Oil on canvas, 24" x 36" Not For Sale
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This painting won First Prize at The TAG Gallery Open Exhibition 2009

I loved painting this big (for me) canvas of figures. It was fun including some small still life scenes at the edges of the scene, and using essentially monochromatic colors. Somehow the idea came to me to paint the standing figure listening to the ocean in a shell. So I made the landscape out the window rural, suggesting that the sea is far away.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Figure model seated on pillow, pencil drawing

Here the model is leaning on an unseen support while sitting on a folded pillow. Some parts of this drawing have a solidity I'm happy with.
Paper on pencil, 11 x 14

Thursday, July 2, 2009

'Asleep' pencil drawing

Pencil Drawing, 11" x 14"  
SOLD to a collector in New York


I recently returned to my first love (in art)- the human figure. The sketches I'll post over the next days are from a drawing class. The model poses nude, but here I caught her sleeping during a break.

Figurative painting, contemporary figure painter, women art, Marie Fox, figuration

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