Eilean Donan Castle.


Eilean Donan Castle. Michele Clamp. Watercolor. 11”x14”

Always a favorite. There isn’t a view of this that isn’t worth painting. I especially loved the warm ochres of the castle contrasting with the blues of the sky and water.

Some intermediates:

I’ve also included a shot of my preliminary color swatches. I match the important areas to the Munsell system and practice hitting the right hue, value, and chroma. I can always tell if the color palette will result in a harmonious picture from the result. Definitely looked good for this one.

New Year Life Class

Life drawing. Michele Clamp. Conte pencil on newsprint

It was good to get back in the saddle at Andrew Cefalu’s life session. I’ve been getting to grips with Loomis heads on the ipad whenever I can but it’s no substitute for the real thing. As is often the case I was happy with the evening’s work at the time but a couple of days later I’m less impressed. This was my favorite of the night. Especially happy with the feet – definitely got the posture there.

I discovered I had a Conte Pierre Noir pencil in my bag which I didn’t know I had. This was a nice surprise as the wonderful teacher Proko recommends these and I’ve been wondering whether to shell out the $2 to try one. Sadly I didn’t have a knife and my attempts to use my sharpener ended in blunt, lead snapped, tears. Will have to remember to sharpen this for next time. So these are the usual materials – Conte pencil and 16”x20” newsprint.

As usual we started with some 2 minute gestures.

After the usual shaky start I was quite pleased with a number of these. A nice sense of pose and movement in a lot of them.

Next onto the 10 minute ones

I included my false start on the first one. Rather than struggle on I gave up and started afresh. This turned out to be a good idea as it was one of the best of the night.

The final set of the night (15, 30 and 20 mins) including another false start. This is starting to be a thing – abandoning the whole drawing rather than try and correct it. Is this a good thing? Who knows?

All in all a good night’s work. It’s good to be back.