Michele Clamp Art

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Dome Gallery Show

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Very excited to see that our paintings are up at the Dome Gallery in Cambridge MA. Many thanks to Judith Belt-Smith for hanging the show and congratulations to my fellow exhibitors Patricia Stimpson and Ching Lai. Paintings will be on show for two months until October 31st.

It’s a lovely space to hang paintings as you can see.

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I have five paintings in the show - all New England scenes from our travels over the past few years.

All paintings are for sale through the Dome Gallery and through this website. Paintings will be available for shipping and/or collection after the end of the show on October 31st.

Mystic Sketch

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Mystic CT Sketch. Michele Clamp. Watercolor

We were all sitting down by the dock on our Mystic, CT visit. What a good time to get out the sketchbook I thought. Just a small sketch but very enjoyable to do and I like the close crop that doesn’t quite reveal what’s going on immediately.


Life Class - Incremental Gains

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A good session at Post Road Art last week with Andrew Cefalu in charge and keeping us all in order. Unusually this short 5 minute pose was my favorite of the night. In previous sessions I take about 2 hours to warm up and the last poses are my best and frankly I prefer it that way.

For the record here’s the evening’s work in its entirety, warts and all.

First the two minute poses :

Some nice stuff here. We had a great model with expressive poses and it really does help.

Next the 5 minuters :

Not too bad. I seem to have concentrated on the head and hands which is fine by me. Heads, hands and feet are hard.

Finally the 15 minuters. Not my best of the night but they were fun. Good times.

Life Class Drawings

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Figure Drawing at Post Road Art

Some good and bad this week. And, boy, does 3 hours of drawing take it out of you. As is common the later drawings were more successful and the final 30 minute one above actually has hands and feet that are recognisable. No real tricks here - just improvement based on practice and observation.

So let’s have a run through. First the quick 2 minute sketches.

It’s surprising how much you can get down in two minutes. A lot of these have the general pose captured which is good to see. However if it starts out wrong all is lost and two minutes is too short to recover.

Next the 5 minuters:

Apparently there was only one of these which may mean I misannotated the drawings but anyway - I had trouble from the outset here and didn’t manage to get much down. Never say I only show the good stuff.

Now the 10 and 15 minuters :


Not too bad. A little stilted and I’m struggling with proportions still but I’m fairly pleased.

And the final 30 minute one.

All in all a good night’s work and some time after for some wine.

Life Class - The Cold Light of Day

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Life Class Drawing. Michele Clamp. Conte pencil on newsprint.

The last life class was a little frustrating. The pencil didn’t move quite how I wanted and the outcome wasn’t as successful as I’d hoped. This time was different and I felt everything was going really well. When I came to look again at the results this morning, however, I had a bit of a shock. Someone had come in overnight and replaced my beautifully nuanced gestural drawing with a set of badly proportioned, overworked, scribbles. So it goes. Sometimes it happens. Let’s see some evidence.

First some 2 minuters.

Just loosening up really. Our model was really great. Some really good poses and the way she varied her head angle really added interest.

Next some fives and 10s. this one I think was the best page of the night even though they’re only a 5 and a 10 minute pose.

Life drawing. Michele Clamp. Conte pencil on newsprint.


There’s some nice nuance in the lines here and flow to the poses. Even the hands and feet aren’t too shabby.

Some more 5 and 10s.

Next a couple of 15s.

Ok I suppose. As you can see I’m failing completely to capture any sense of a likeness in the face. They all look like completely different people.

Next the best one of the longer poses :

Life drawing. Michele Clamp. Conte pencil on newsprint.

This one has the best sense of the balance of the pose and the light. The hands are dealt with sparsely but descriptively. Yes - happy with this one.

And the final, long pose of the night. At the time I was very pleased with this but sadly disappointed when I came back to it.

And finally our glorious leader Andrew Cefalu. Terrible likeness again but the drawing has some life to it.

Life Class Drawing

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Figure Drawing. Michele Clamp

Life class yesterday with Andrew Cefalu.  Always a good time even though I find it exhausting.  We also had home made cookies which I shall remember to stay a long distance from next time.

I took the watercolors along but didn’t use them in the end.  I didn’t really get into the flow and everything was a little stodgy.  Adding watercolor to the mix would have ended in tears and nobody wants that.

We started with some 2 minute gestures.

 

I felt pretty good at this stage. The pencil was moving well and my arm felt free. Also our model was superb and did some wonderfully interesting poses.

Next onto 10 minute sketches.

These were ok apart from two disastrous attempts at the foreshortened pose.

And finally a set of 15 minute poses :

Looking back at these this morning they don’t seem too bad but I had come away disatisified at the end of the session. Too much focus on the face in most cases and some frankly embarrassing feet were in evidence. I will definitely be back in two weeks hopefully with some serious hand and foot practice under my belt.

More Sketches - Boats, Castles, Boston

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There’s something quite liberating about these small sketches. They’re quick to do and because of the small size brushwork and edges don’t need to be sweated over. And if one doesn’t work out - just do another one and it’s forgotten.

Corfe Castle sketch. Michele Clamp. Watercolor. 5x8”

Boston Common sketch. Michele Clamp. Watercolor. 5”x8”

Only 3 sketches today. The people in this one were the trickiest bit. A lot of watercolor artists tend towards what I call ‘stock' figures’ in their paintings. I feel that spoils things so I wanted to get more of a sense of real people walking towards me. I think it succeeded.

Sketchbook Time

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Still trying to get out of my painting funk. New strategy is to get away from the pressure of producing SERIOUS PAINTINGS and do a series of small things in sketchbooks. These are all in a 5”x8” moleskine which isn’t the most forgiving of papers but suits quick paintings. These were quickly done and much more fun.

Also while tidying I found this sketch which I wasn’t pleased with at the time but has quite a lot of charm now I have some distance from it.