Friday, October 29, 2010

Cup in a Bowl

Cup in a Bowl
12x16" oil on linen panel


I love the colorful fabric that surrounds the plain white dishware,
the little sequins on the deep red fabric, and the intricate design.
I chose white dishes years ago, because I knew that it would be easy to change the accessories.
A way to create a variety of different moods.

Fresh

Friday, October 22, 2010

Best of show

Unadorned
20x20" charcoal on Rives
©2009 Robin Neudorfer

I just received the news that this drawing was awarded 
BEST OF SHOW
Pasadena Society of Artists
ACE Exhibition

The Artist's Reception will be held at
Citibank Silverlake Branch
2450 Glendale Blvd.
Saturday
October 23
2-5 p.m.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Figure Drawing

    New Mother 20x15" charcoal on Rives
  

After many years of being fearful of figure drawing, and hesitating to add it to my skill sets, I believe I have overcome one of the obstacles that has challenged me. This morning... much to my surprise, I found myself listed on a figure drawing blog.


Today, I am not able to head off to a figure workshop. The check engine light is brightly lit on my car dash and I don't want to take the chance. So, I plan on working a bit more on this drawing, to see if I can pull her form through the  paper. It is a rainy day here in CA, so I see this as an inviting opportunity. What is so wonderful about Rives BFK paper is that if I go off course, I can always wipe it down, add more charcoal, and begin again.

This is a fun process for me. Working with kneaded eraser,  then a charcoal pencil, on a charcoal ground, I push and pull the darks and lights. If one area isn't going as planned, I can take the chamois that has charcoal dust on it, and I wipe the area back, and begin lifting the lights again.  It also helps to step away from the work from time to time in order to get some perspective on the subject. I tend to get lost in the texture of the paper, and need a break to see the form from a distance. 

This particular drawing began slightly different last week. I usually have a second sheet of paper under the piece I am working on, to add padding. Otherwise, I see the hard surface of the board come through to the paper surface. I also was working with smaller pieces of compressed charcoal than I normally do, to lay in my dark ground. So far, I think I am turning two negatives into a positive.

Now, if only I could get this little guy to pose for me.

    Max 1.5 yr old gray tabby on couch

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Ice Cream and Coffee






















Pharmacy
14x10" watercolor






















Buster's
14x10" watercolor

Recent work I have completed for a local juried show. Unfortunately, I finished only one of them by the deadline. I am going to complete two more, to make a second card series. What is fun about these two shops is that they are places where my family frequented, when the kids were small, to have ice cream and coffee. I am going to finish the series with this in mind.

Fair Oaks Pharmacy
Buster's Ice Cream and Coffee Shop