Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Deer legs

Lunch at the Nature Lab

I've been studying a lot lately—studies for paintings that is. Did you know that deer legs are not only very strange, but really hard to paint? I did these detail drawings to try to figure them out, so in theory I could just whisk them into my painting with a few quick strokes of the brush. Well, it's not working out quite that way. In fact the painting has more problems than deer legs...but I keep hoping I can pull it all together.

It always seems the paintings I work hardest and longest on end up rather awkward. I take consolation by telling myself that the troublemakers are the ones I learn the most from. But in all the years I've been painting, it seems like I've not learned all that much...I guess that's what keeps it interesting, if frustrating!

I'm enjoying collecting this menagerie though, and I'm going to add to it by going to draw from the specimens at the classes that are starting up again at the Museum of Natural History.

Here's some info from their website..... 

Adult Programs | Drawing from the Collections

The Museum and its collections come alive through art on Saturday mornings. Adults of all skill levels are welcome to participate. Classes are held on the listed Saturdays from 10:00am to 12:00pm. Explore fundamental drawing techniques in a unique setting, utilizing objects from the Museum’s vast collections. This focus of this drawing class is on learning to look. Class sizes are small, and registration is first come, first served. Special specimen requests must be made at least one week prior to date of class.

Winter 2012 Dates:
January 21, 2012
January 28, 2012
February 4, 2012
February 11, 2012
March 3, 2012
March 17, 2012

Program Fee per Session:
$15.00/$12.00 for Museum Members
Sign up for ANY two or more days:
$12.00 per day/$10.00 per day for Museum Members

Materials Not Provided. Pre-registration required.
Class sizes are small, and registration is first come, first served. For further information, contact the Museum Education Department at: (401) 785-9457 x247


  1. I like those hind legs, Kathy! There is something weird about the way deer carry themselves... as if the weight is all in the upper part of their rears, which seems to defy gravity! But you captured it, just right, somehow!

    -- mg

  2. I love the studies! I did a deer leg in clay once and know how strange they are. The owl is wonderful.

  3. thanks! That's a good observation mg, I hadn't though about it like that. And doing it in clay would have been a great to paint from!


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