Sunday, May 7, 2017

Sustained pose

This is a drawing I started a long time ago and finished slowly over a period of several hours. Now I usually work on drawings for an hour or less so they fall into the category of sketches or studies.
I had a old slide of this drawing and a friend of mine scanned it which may explain why the image has a grainy quality.

Carbon pencil on Fabriano Roma, 20" x 26" © mcohenlabelle

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Preparing to get up

Or to simply to readjust her position.

Pastel on strathmore, 18"x24" cropped, © mcohenl 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Short afternoon pose

On the 3rd floor Vasco de Gamba, we draw -- below they watch soccer, play snooker, drink expresso with or whithout schnapps  and go outside to smoke.

Pastel on strathmore 18"x 24" © mcohenlabelle mcl

Monday, May 1, 2017

Longing to change position

This was a difficult seated pose, I think,  for the model to hold, who seemed periodically tentative at times because she did need to shift her weight every so often.

Pastel on cover stock 18"x 24" © mcl mcohenlabelle

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Standing pose -- Claudette

Claudette -- artist, model, runner -- tireless. During the break she would walk around the room examining drawings, sometimes saying, "hmm" - occasionally nodding her head in approval.

charcoal and chalk on manilla, 18"x24" © mcohenlabelle mcl

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Many downpours hath April as it draws to a close

'When in April the sweet showers fall
That pierce March's drought to the root and all' 
 And bathed every vein in liquor that has power
To generate therein and sire the flower;' ......
recalls my sweet David, reciting some of Chaucer --
particularly when pummelling rain floods the nether regions of our home as it did a week or so ago, and we had to take it seriously like doing something about it - but mild flooding though it be, was not as severe as some communities - we must, we resolve, take this in our stride and simply think of glorious Chaucer who David says is one person he would have loved to have met. Really, I say, as I sip my coffee.

Pond on an herb farm  half way between Hamilton and Guelph, 
oil on gessoed masonite © mcl  -- mid April 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Cropped oval

Cropped oval of a standing figure

Pastel on Strathmore 18"x24" cohen labelle, ©mcl