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02-02-2011, 12:01 PM
This is my first upload ... bear with me. Sample from my portrait collection.


"The Grandson", MiTeintes & pastel pencil.

Thanks for looking.

02-02-2011, 12:19 PM
A second sample from my portraits. DH helping me learn how to upload! New Year's resolution achieved! From my portrait group, we get great models from friends and family of group members. He was visiting from Tunisia. This is graphite on Canson 70 lb. Drawing.
Vincent. 11-03-10. Thanks for looking!

02-02-2011, 12:43 PM
Congrats! Lovely work!!!

Pat Isaac
02-02-2011, 12:44 PM
Yea, Candace....these are wonderful portraits.


02-02-2011, 01:06 PM
well done the one of your grandson is well caught

02-02-2011, 03:04 PM
Thanks vhere, wish it was my kin. - He is actually the grandson of a classmate. He brought 2 of his g'sons to pose different days (one also an aspiring artist). Since we meet at a Senior Center we have mainly older models, friends or those who visit the center to just hang out. We really enjoy the change of face/body types when we get youth to sit! I call them the flat people-- no wrinkles to draw!

Joan T
02-02-2011, 03:38 PM
These are great!!!! Wonderful job on both! Having models to work from is super.

02-02-2011, 06:21 PM
Lovely Candace. Good to have a steady flow of models.

02-02-2011, 08:02 PM
Thanks Joan & Margo! Yes it is so nice to be in this group. We don't lack for models in part because we chip in $2 apiece and the model sits 2 hours for $20. We chip in a third buck to help keep the Center going after budget troubles last year. So that is as cheap as you are going to get for a great group of artists to share with & learn from.

Quite a few have been lifetime artists and in portrait work many years. Wonderful mentoring! Another perk is a set of digital photos of all the drawings/paintings for the model to pick up the following week. I posed twice just to get the collection to frame up in a collage format. Great memories in the making.

02-02-2011, 08:45 PM
Splendid portrait work. Great you have a group to draw with and a reasonable price too.

02-02-2011, 11:01 PM
Wonderful work Candace! What a great group you have there - the price is right and I'm sure the companionship and mentoring are worth far more than you pay. Love your comment about the "flat people." Ha!

02-02-2011, 11:41 PM
Candace, for some reason I was surprised when you said you had never posted your work before. Great first posts! :clap: Thanks for sharing.

The portrait group sounds really good, lucky you. Looking forward to seeing more of your portrait collection.

02-03-2011, 01:30 AM
Thanks Debby, Jean & Chris! Your comments are much appreciated! Yes it took a while to find a time DH & I could learn how to do this mysterious uploading. (Weather days off work for me- perfect!!) He is a programmer but this wasn't something he had done before & he is also a photographer. Mix that all together at the WC instruction thread, and guess what? We have learned how to work together on this, and DH joined WC at the Photography Forum!!:clap: Now he waits for that first timer approval thingy so he can jump in & post. A good day in spite of (or because of) the cold!:thumbsup:

02-03-2011, 02:47 AM
Yay! Congratulations Candace on your first posts and very good ones they are too ;)

Looking forward to seeing more!

02-03-2011, 04:35 PM
it sounds a really good group and I like the description of your models :lol:

02-03-2011, 05:44 PM
these are both great! Lovely work

02-03-2011, 07:56 PM
Thanks Jackie, Viv & Rainy!

02-04-2011, 11:50 AM
Here are some more with a variety of mediums...

Dawn. China markers on cardstock.

Chuck. graphite (with cp background) Strathmore 400. This soft white paper looks more correct on my own screen.

Diane. Graphite on Canson 70 lb. drawing. Looks blue on my screen but it is bright white paper.

Thanks for looking!:wave:

02-04-2011, 01:01 PM
more nice ones. . . love the one of Diane, that is beautiful. I'm also fond of using china markers to draw so love seeing when others do that too!

02-04-2011, 04:17 PM
These are phenomenal. Great work.

02-04-2011, 11:26 PM
Rainy & Debby, Thanks so much for the kind words!

Now that I am posting it is interesting to reflect on all the variety (models and media) I get to try in my Wednesday morning group. Most are profiles- I pick that seating position because frankly it is easier to complete a profile in 1 to 2 hours than full face! Ha! With the lighting aimed at the model I have to sit on the lit-side as the bulb shining in my eyes on the other side of the room is something I can't handle. Early birds get the center & frontal view. If a dozen show up it gets crowded but we always make room somehow. Good gang.

02-04-2011, 11:36 PM
Very nice portraits Candace, I like the one of Dawn on the different background. They are all very well observed drawings though and I like your softness of touch with the graphite :) Good stuff!

02-06-2011, 05:48 PM
And today I'll share...

Gill. I enjoyed experimenting with a Pitt pen and colored pencil. Canson Mix Media.

02-06-2011, 06:52 PM
You are really good! I'm enjoying viewing these - thanks!

02-06-2011, 07:08 PM
You are really good at these. And you do them in so many media. Just great.

02-06-2011, 07:15 PM
that's great! so did you do the pen or the colored pencil first. . . I'm always curious about the process folks use.

02-07-2011, 12:35 AM
Thanks for the kind comments Jackie, MrsG, Debby & Rainy!

Rainy If I recall correctly I started with a light graphite pencil outline then the ink & erased the pencil. Then added Prismacolor pencil. I love the works I see others on WC do in ink plus color and/or wash. So I find if I do ink I always want to add that touch of color. Just comes to life, no matter how much I do like black & white art.

I did rescue a very mediocre acrylic landscape about 8 years ago by adding outlines like a stained glass window. Then it looked interesting. Guess I like outlining things! I also enjoy zentangle sketching. Just a liney kinda gal.:D

02-08-2011, 08:12 PM
Wow, Candace, wonderful portraits here and a great variety of approaches! Impressive stuff. I need to check in more often...

02-08-2011, 10:50 PM
John thank you so much! I am very encouraged by all the kind comments here! These have all been from my portrait group, 90 minutes to 2 hours each. I want to progress to doing more people with backgrounds, scenes, a narrative quality, as I really enjoy those works by others (Desmond O'Hagan being a favorite, and all the Impressionist who ever lived).
I have tried many new mediums in the last 2 years. Unemployment from 2008 to late 2009 was the best thing that ever happened to my art because then I never missed a class! I am enjoying the search for who I am as an artist.

Joan T
02-09-2011, 11:51 AM
I did notice you seem to be sketching from the same postion each time. These are great! One of my art groups has a model every Tues am. I still haven't joined in, and I should because the Tues plein air group hasn't gone out in this nasty weather.

02-09-2011, 02:21 PM
Joan, You have two Tuesday choices- terrific! The profile pose has a couple reasons, first it is quicker/easier to get a likeness, and second I am usually late to class & it is the only seat left!:lol: Today I was "bold" and experimented with new wc pencils from the front. (Due to weather & etc. there were open places to sit.) Nothing postable yet- may rework one of the 2 later on. Thanks for the kind comment! Your plein air work is so lovely, I need to branch out there.

02-10-2011, 09:49 AM
Here is a different pose. It lost a bit of the darks in the upload process.
Larry. Graphite on 8x10 Strathmore 400. 2 hours. Thanks for looking in!

02-10-2011, 02:40 PM
Wowww! I luv these!

02-10-2011, 04:02 PM
Very nice!

02-11-2011, 01:38 AM
Thanks Ed & Debby!

02-11-2011, 06:14 PM
I am enjoying seeing these people through your eyes, Candace. A nice mix of mediums too, interesting to see how you are using them.

Dawn and Gill really grab my eye.

02-12-2011, 01:13 PM
Thanks Chris! "Through your eyes" brings to mind a fellow artist in my group (decades of fabulous pastel work)--Each person he does has an inner glow, and a beauty perhaps the other artists don't see. Larry makes anyone, any age, look beautiful, while still being a realistic likeness, can't explain that any better. Like they are thinking wonderful thoughts as they sit. Now that is something cool to try to capture!

02-18-2011, 12:25 PM
A model whom I see all the time at my local grocery, and I can remember his name because I drew him, haha!~ Here's Reggie in graphite with touches of Graphitints.
Thanks for looking!

02-18-2011, 06:46 PM
OH, wow. . . these are all just wonderfully done! And they are all from life!? fi so, double wow :)

02-18-2011, 07:51 PM
Great portrait. You are really good at these.

02-18-2011, 11:48 PM
Thanks Rainy & Debby!! Yes, Rainy, they are all from life at my Wednesday portrait group. We meet from 9 to 11 (though I drag in a little late as it is my day off & I like to be rebellious about being on time, :lol: ). The model sits for 2 hours and we each chip in $2 so the model gets $20 and we all get a great parade of sitters year-round! Another neat thing- one gal takes photos of everyones artwork and the model gets a set of the photos the next week. I have sat twice and made framed collages of the neat variety of pics, from beginner to professionals. A wonderful keepsake!

02-19-2011, 03:29 PM
More nice portrait work since my last visit, Candace! I've come close to joining weekly life drawing groups a couple times, but have so many other irons in the fire I haven't done so yet. Maybe next winter...

02-20-2011, 12:16 AM
Thanks John! I would love to have the time, like you said, to join other artist groups. Alas work calls. But the work pays for the fun new art supplies!

02-23-2011, 11:45 PM
In the words of Monty Python, "Now for something completely different!" Two dog portraits...

Black Dog in the Dark. My black lab around midnight, by only the light of the TV, as she lay right at my feet at my desk. Colored pencil on Canson Mix Media. Above her is a random face sketch.

BB In the Snow. Our previous black dog, the best way to paint a totally black dog-- in the falling snow! We miss her, gone over the Rainbow Bridge a few years back. Acrylic on canvas 11x14.
Thanks for dropping by to look!

02-24-2011, 12:00 AM
Wonderful pieces, Candace! BB in the snow is excellent! Our two Labs are 14 1/2 and 14 3/4...probably not too far from crossing that bridge, either. Always a tough passage to deal with, but worth it.

No doubt you've heard the following quote, attributed to Will Rogers..."If there are no dogs in heaven, I want to go where they went."


02-24-2011, 12:40 AM
Thanks so much John! Love the quote! Do you recall a Twilight Zone episode where the old man is told at the gate to heaven his dog can't come in with him... So he refuses to go in & continues with dog down the road... then a real angel greets him at the real gate & says the first gate was... to hell.

Joan T
02-24-2011, 11:08 AM
Larry and Reggie came out super!!! You really do well with the portraits. I like the doggie portraits too. Last night my art group had someone do a pastel demo of her dog...I really enjoyed it, although I'm sure I won't do pastels. lol Too messy for me.

02-24-2011, 03:36 PM
I love the one of BB in the snow!! Sorry you have lost her. . . its hard to lose a friend. Beautiful portrait you have made to remember her.

02-24-2011, 09:45 PM
Your dog portraits are splendid. I really like the one of BB in the snow.

02-25-2011, 06:22 AM
the one of your dog in the snow is gorgeous!

02-25-2011, 10:49 AM
Joan, Rainy, Debby & Vivien, Thanks so much for your encouraging comments!

Joan I agree about soft pastels. They are beautiful works but too messy for my home "studio." I have an inexpensive set I sometimes use to add a large background color, but only outside on the grass or in the art group's studio!

02-28-2011, 04:32 AM
These are nice Candace, especially BB in the snow.

We miss her, gone over the Rainbow Bridge a few years back. I'm afraid that metaphor made me smile, sorry. We have a little old dog that will be taking that path soon I think....

02-28-2011, 09:17 AM
These are wonderful portraits Candace, a subject that I struggle with, though I haven't spent much time on them.


02-28-2011, 09:41 AM
Thanks Chris & David! David I think I have been, on & off, drawing faces or doodling them since school days. Practice & looking hard & just wanting to do it brings progress. I want to do better at whole figures or groups in scenes. Those attempts often look stiff, like they forgot to take the hanger out of their shirts...