In this months Pastel Journal there was an article on artist, Nathalie Picoulet. This link is to her Facebook page, but you can Google her and get lots of pics of her paintings. Be warned that her work is considered nudes. Sometimes I see art work that makes me catch my breath; Picoulet's art does that. It makes me say, "I want to do that!" I've always been enthralled with painting/drawing people and portraits. Picoulet's nudes are more than portraits. They seem to catch pensive moments in time. I love the light in her art work as well as her technique. And so I tried one. I searched for a photo on the internet that had good light and yet the model was covered. Nudes are not a problem for me, but I like the drape and fold of the clothes and coverings. And, I do have friends who would be offended if I painted or posted a true nude. Anyway, this is my 1st AttemptI'm not quite satisfied with this one and will try again. This attempt was a bit over-painted. I do that sometimes trying to get the right color, value, or tone.
Next weekend Midwestern State University is having a bowl-a-thon where they will open up the ceramics department to let students and artists come throw some bowls for a good cause - Empty Bowls of Wichita Falls, a fundraiser for homeless, food bank, sort of thang. Anyway, I took advantage of the cool rainy weather here in OK to go out to the barn (where my potter's wheel is) and practice throwing pots. Here is my attempt. It went okay. My second pot was going great, and then it wasn't. Since it is cool today, I will go out and trim my first pot and maybe practice throwing another one.