Monday, December 9, 2013
Monday, November 25, 2013
.....................I have an upcoming show at Dogwood Gallery in Tyrone, GA. Opening is December 6, 6:30pm. The show, RED, will consist of large works and small, old works and new, mostly new, and works with a wide range of prices. $100 up to $4200. Drawings and paintings alike will feature the color red as the main focus or an essential accent. While planning this show and a theme, I realized that I tend to use red a good bit, either as a major statement or as a way to bring your attention to something in the painting. The painting shown, "Cardinal, Red" is one of the smaller works, just 8"x8". Other small works include still life and landscapes. A series of 9 apples, each an 8"x8" will be available either as a group or individually. The show will include several major works that have been done specifically for this show.
Monday, November 18, 2013
..............This was a very quick, 10 minute drawing from tonight's class. Alex P model. I think if I'd had time to do the entire pose, it may not have been as nice. Conte and and a hint of pastel. America supplied our music.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
.................15 minute sketch from Monday's drawing class. Model, James S. Great model to draw, great poses...he also brought some great music...Velvet Underground(Lou Reed) I liked the partial view of the face from the angle I had.
Monday, October 21, 2013
...............Tinker Bell, aka Laura P, may be our smallest model ever. At just under 4 inches, she beat the previous record held by a bowl of fruit. Lots of fun tonight...and educational as well. We learned that Tinker Bell's name is actually Bell and that her profession was a "tinker"...a maker or mender of metal pots and utensils. The original play was from 1904...the year my house was built. Great poses and appropriate music made for a good time. Drawing shown is approx 15 minutes, conte and pastel. Model was sitting on a stool which I normally leave out.
Monday, October 14, 2013
.................A first for the drawing class tonight..."Knight"(or Night?), a 2 yr old German Shepherd posed along with the model, Alex P. Knight is a well trained dog and held his poses very well! I'm calling him our first nude model even though some of the poses he was dressed like a horse. Great poses by Alex as always! This sketch was 12- 15 minutes.
Monday, September 30, 2013
.............Good crowd on a beautiful night at the drawing class. First time model and young dancer, Savannah L, did a great job! This is a 12 minute sketch in conte and pastel. Takes up most of an 18x24 sheet of paper. I'm also showing a photo her mother took from the parking lot...just so happens to be of this same pose. I'm on the left at the easel.
Monday, September 23, 2013
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
I've got so much work "out there" that is signed "M. Pate", illustration, paintings etc. I wondered that if someone searched that online, would I show up. It appears not. This is a test to see if maybe that search might now bring them to my blog, if I included M. Pate enough. Time will tell...I'll report back...as you were. MPate (M.Pate)
Monday, September 16, 2013
...........Approx 10 minute sketch from tonights class. Laura P model came as "Rosie" from Bye Bye Birdie..even brought her own music! While not perfect, I liked this drawing enough to post...always been "drawn" to reclining poses. I've been drawing with conte since the late 70's and just discovered tonight that the sticks are magnetic..at least the "bistre" ones are.
Saturday, September 14, 2013
............24x30 oil on canvas of girl in woods. Model, Erin. Another in a running series of models in the middle of forests. It's just a combination I like. To me, being in the woods, alone, is very peaceful but slightly scary at the same time. In this piece, the model takes center stage and the "stage", or the woods, is secondary. I tried to keep everything subdued except for the red hat. Available.
Sunday, September 8, 2013
...................This painting came from a recent trip to St. Marys and Cumberland Island Georgia. I realized after I got home and was looking at my photos that the name of this boat was "The Red Witch". The color caught my eye and the composition of the marsh grass and shadows seemed paint worthy. "Red Witch in St. Marys Harbor" is an 11 x 14 oil on panel and is available.
Sunday, September 1, 2013
.......................This painting started out with an older dancer sitting on one of three stone blocks, outdoors. Later it became colored cubes in a landscape. Even later, it became a group of young dancers on stage with candles. The cubes always remained in some form but the entire painting later took on a somewhat sinister feel to it. In my mind, the child is a messenger of sorts, perhaps she's symbolically bringing light to a dark place...I don't know....just kept working with it until if felt right. 24x30 oil on panel.
Monday, August 19, 2013
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
..............It was great to be drawing from life again. The "art house" where we meet has been undergoing renovation and repairs all summer. A good crowd returned last night and drew dance model, Laura H, during a fierce thunderstorm. This drawing was approx 15 minutes. Conte and pastel.
Friday, July 12, 2013
...................If you know where this is, you can probably hear the wooden Skee balls rolling and smell the corndogs. The Myrtle Beach Pavilion is a special place to many, many people. Unfortunately, it was torn down a few years ago by someone that didn't feel that way. I can hardly bring myself to go to this area of MB anymore...too sad. This painting is a 16x20 oil on panel. It is for sale...contact me if interested.
Monday, July 8, 2013
.................................Story of a sale: A couple that I've known for years recently saw this painting in an exhibit in Newnan. She looked at her husband and said, "I love this"...he said, "Well, I like it too!"..or something along those lines. They called me as soon as they got home and asked if it was for sale. What was really interesting to me is that they had never bought an original piece of art before. They stepped out of their comfort zone, I'm sure, and bought out of emotion. A sale is always great, one has to make a living, but just the fact that they connected so personally to the painting is what I'll really remember in years to come.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Friday, May 31, 2013
Saturday, May 25, 2013
Life drawing of dancer Emily T. Conte and pastel. For sale on my Etsy site. Here's the link. Only $125. https://www.etsy.com/listing/70910804/female-dancer?ref=v1_other_1 Also see clickable link under my blog "welcome" statement.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Step one of a small painting/study, the "block-in". This beautiful little scene was surrounded by major roads, apartment buildings and a parking lot. Photo does not show true color. Will re-shoot later. I plan to do more of this area and possibly a larger, more detailed version. Stay tuned. 11x14 oil on panel.
Monday, May 6, 2013
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Recent portrait of my daughter from earlier reference. I'm working on a series of new portrait samples with a looser brush, looser background. This 16x20 bust is also on a new canvas for me. It is a blend of cotton and synthetic. I will probably not buy it again but I do like the smoother texture of a "portrait" canvas as opposed to the heavier texture I'm used to.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
The painting is a "redo" of an earlier painting that didn't quite work for me. There was enough about it that I liked so I kept it for several years and would occasionally take a look at it to see if anything struck me as a possible improvement. It finally dawned on me that it needed drastic action. I changed the tutu from white to black, repainted the background and foreground, worked more detail into the hands and feet and re-cropped the piece from a 30x40 to a 20x40. Most every square inch was repainted. I'm offering the companion life drawing to the buyer of the painting. Email me for a price quote.
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Finished this painting several months ago but decided to go back in and make some changes. Search my blog a few weeks back for a look at the earlier example. Took out some of the shadow in the foreground, added some of the wheat grass and made some very minor changes to the building. I'm not positive, but I think the back of this building showed up in a recent episode of "The Walking Dead". I know they have filmed here before(Haralson, GA) and I saw a roof line that looked just like this one. 16x20...currently displayed in Newnan at Fine Lines Framer and Gallery.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
"Good from any angle" is what I call a great pose. My drawing class circles the model stand...a great pose looks good to everybody. Sometimes those poses can be difficult to hold for 15 or 20 minutes. The drawings shown here are gesture drawings..2 minutes each but sometimes we try to recreate a good gesture pose in our longer poses. Alex P did that for us for us last night with the 2nd sketch above. These gestures are drawn on newsprint with graphite...two per 18x24 paper.
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Artist and friend, James S, posed for my drawing class a while back as a cowboy. He even brought a CD of music from the great spaghetti westerns, very cool. I recently sold one of the drawings that I did that night and it inspired me to look back over my drawings and photo reference. I found this one, only he did not have guns or gun belt. I kept the colors warm and threw in a simple indication of a town. 16x20 oil on panel.
Sunday, March 3, 2013
Often, when I have time that I'm not working on commissions, I go back to an earlier interest, fashion illustration. I came within a hair of going in to that profession back in the early 80's when I got out of art school. I'm still inspired by great fashion illustrators of the past and some recent books on the subject are giving them a nice stage on which to be shown. These studies are done fairly quickly...30-45 minutes usually. Mixed media...conte, pastel and oil on bristol board. These three are inspired by Avedon and Hiro photos.
Friday, March 1, 2013
Progress on the painting of Christina K involves mainly blocking in the background underpainting. Establishing the basic, neutral, color to get an idea of how the final will look. Additional work in the tutu is also shown.
Sunday, February 24, 2013
24x30 painting in progress of dancer Christina K. I did a similar painting earlier from this same photo shoot. This one is a different angle and shows more of the face. Nice arms and hands. I'll show a final later.
Monday, February 18, 2013
This painting has been accepted into the Artfields inaugaral show in Lake City, SC. The show and art festival runs April 19-28. See their site for information about all that's going on. http://www.artfieldssc.org/about/lake-city/ There will be a "People's Choice" award so please, if you're able, go see the show and vote for someone's work that you enjoy. This painting, of dancer Chelsea S, is a favorite of mine and I'm proud to have been accepted. Gotta get it ready for shipping!