PAINTing / by Nicole M

SO finally here is some stuff from my painting class this semester, Height x Width. We've done so much work for that class already, but I don't feel like I have that much that's worth showing. I'm learning a lot but it's pretty intense...it's kiinda kickin my butt. Right now we've been working on our first in-class sustained painting during our night sessions, using studies we did during the day as reference. I've never done a painting from just studies before so that's....fun. I don't know how I feel about the actual painting but here's a few studies I'm using for it...

     And! I finally finished (i think?) my first outside assignment for that class. oh yea we also have to do a couple master studies per week for homework, and one painting that I really liked was 

Euan Uglow's Jenefer by a Door. 
<-- That's it. So I used that as the basis for my painting, along with a poem by T.S. Eliot, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock", that I read with a lit. class in high school and for some reason still remember. I'm not gonna pretend like I can comprehend half of Eliot's writing, but the poem is basically about a man (J. Alfred Prufrock?) in his old age lamenting over a youth dictated by fear and uncertainty. One line that I remember talking a lot about with my class that I really like is "Do I dare to eat a peach?" where the peach symbolized risk, or the fruit in the garden of eden or i'm sure a million other things. blah blah...but throughout the poem the speaker remains in that moment of suspense between "daring to disturb the universe" or continuing to "measure out his life with coffee spoons". What I liked about Uglow's painting was the way the figure is frozen in that transition, in the moment right before she takes a step forward. So anyways, that's what I was thinking about when I did this...that's a lot of words..sorry my explanations usually aren't that long. heeeere's my painting...

it's 26" x 42"

and lastly, some in-class drawings:


this is done with gesso, red, blue, and black conte, and is around 3 1/2 x 4 ft.  

 a life size charcoal figure drawing, about 3 1/2 x 5 ft.