tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-71709452019-10-14T06:59:50.150-04:00Rubies In CrystalDoes language hover between my nerve endings and the world, or is language my skin itself?<br><br> Sheath of feeling. Words groping to touch air.Brenda Clewshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/01400505552810078505noreply@blogger.comBlogger2087125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7170945.post-69762280556115526152019-09-10T18:30:00.000-04:002019-09-10T18:30:05.718-04:00Self Portrait #11 Self Portrait #11, ©Brenda Clews 2019. 18"x24" (cropped), oil on canvas. August 25, 2019 A resemblance to me is actually developing after eleven drawings and paintings! While this mirror self-portrait looks more like me, I'm told I'm still making myself look older than I am. Ah, well... lol! This was my last painting in my spare room studio since it has been rented out. I've learned a Brenda Clewshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/01400505552810078505noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7170945.post-41617712363143302552019-09-08T18:30:00.000-04:002019-09-08T23:44:59.390-04:00Self Portrait #10 August 18, 2019 Don't know what to say of the journey to here or where I might be going. Below is the underpainting in acrylic, and above, the next day, and many hours later, the portrait in traditional oils. Still learning! There's so much paint on it that I'm not sure I can work much more with it! Time to stop! Oils on a Dollarama 8”x10” canvas. The underpainting, done August 17, 2019Brenda Clewshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/01400505552810078505noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7170945.post-17472126593919396652019-09-06T19:30:00.000-04:002019-09-06T19:30:07.158-04:00A bad experience with a commissionI got caught in a tangle of intrigues, of hinted devastating illness and poverty, and when I realized the pull on the heartstrings was likely a ploy to get a reduced price, I refused to sell it. I was so incensed with the fabrications and the name calling mud-slinging when I called this person out, I said I would shred the painting. I was given what amounted to an honorarium, which was ostensiblyBrenda Clewshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/01400505552810078505noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7170945.post-51390276010632489732019-09-04T19:23:00.000-04:002019-09-04T19:23:05.601-04:00Self Portrait #9 Self Portrait #9, ©Brenda Clews 2019, 14"x8", oil on canvas sheet. August 4, 2019 Wanted to get a painting done quickly. Ha! Started with a wash composed of scrapings from a former palette that seems to have buckled the canvas sheet. The paint on the face is thick - learning to slather it on - and the different colours have different reflective qualities. It needs more work I think, but Brenda Clewshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/01400505552810078505noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7170945.post-20203674837585393562019-09-02T19:22:00.000-04:002019-09-02T19:22:12.782-04:00Portrait of Rod Portrait of Rod Pizarro ©Brenda Clews, 2019. 18” x 24”, oil on canvas. He's the guy at the TV studio who decides which shot when during a game. It's super intense concentration, high-paced, not many people could do it, and so the colours around him, on his face, kind of represent that bustling high focus and all the action he's sending out over the airwaves, plus the light from the screens Brenda Clewshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/01400505552810078505noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7170945.post-69809368306967250032019-08-03T14:18:00.000-04:002019-08-03T17:09:38.882-04:00Self-Portrait #8 (continuing to evolve as a painter) Self-Portrait #8, ©BrendaClews 2019, 18"x24", oil on canvas sheet. My 8th self-portrait for the Sunday Self Portrait group on Facebook (they gave it lots of likes but not one comment). On a green underpainting, I painted the figure directly, shaping the face without a drawing. The paint is applied thickly from a left-over palette from a commission. Pulled straps down to see the bone Brenda Clewshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/01400505552810078505noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7170945.post-79073942850405325672019-07-25T13:29:00.002-04:002019-07-25T13:29:41.083-04:00Transitioning to Grey Power Yikes, did it. Cut shorter, letting the whites and greys be as they are. Asked for a Greta Garbo look... lol! When I got on a crowded streetcar, I had a new experience - a young man jumped up and offered me his seat, which I appreciated having walked about 7 km in summer heat, and sat gratefully with thanks to him. Once I get ma mop all grown out, I'll grow it longer again - this is a bit Brenda Clewshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/01400505552810078505noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7170945.post-63618521260209572812019-07-15T13:53:00.002-04:002019-07-15T13:53:52.718-04:00#7 Self Portrait Sundays (oil) Self Portrait ©Brenda Clews, July 14, 2019 This is my 7th self-portrait so far, and I am still getting used to my face! Was trying to work on volume in this one. Also, as ever, to accurately paint what I see in the mirror. I am frustrated with lots of things in this painting, but enough is enough. Started on Friday, finished this morning. Oil on canvas sheet, 24"x18". Friends have called Brenda Clewshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/01400505552810078505noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7170945.post-62736453156924325092019-07-15T13:48:00.001-04:002019-07-15T13:54:10.968-04:00#6 Self Portrait Sundays (acrylic) Self Portraits ©Brenda Clews, July 5, 2019 Acrylic on canvas sheet, 24"x18". Still using up leftover paint on a stay-wet palette. I find acrylic a challenge since it dries so quickly and covers the layers underneath completely if you're not careful. Somewhat okay with this self portrait (DSLR in daylight), even with all the errors to my eye, and with the spooky early version (iPhone Brenda Clewshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/01400505552810078505noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7170945.post-43792297151922386242019-07-15T13:44:00.003-04:002019-07-15T13:54:22.596-04:00#5 Sunday Self Portrait (acrylic) Self Portrait ©Brenda Clews, June 23, 2019 A continued probing of the self, my 5th self-portrait here. I had a 'Stay-Wet' palette of leftover acrylics from another project and thought to use them. Yeah, like how many hours later! It's hard work, guys. I almost blame it on the 2-dimensional nature of the mirror image where the person (yourself) has no actual volume in space. We have to Brenda Clewshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/01400505552810078505noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7170945.post-41217792487294040802019-07-15T13:42:00.003-04:002019-07-15T13:42:38.742-04:00#3 Sunday Self Portrait (ink sketch) Self Portrait, ©Brenda Clews, June 9, 2019 This was done in an unforgiving permanent blue document ink (De Atramentis) with a Franklin-Christoph fountain pen. And then some off-white conté that matches the paper to try to 'fix' it! These ink drawings are challenging. Haven't worked with this pen much (a new fude nib) and need to learn how to use it. It's 11"x15" on Strathmore watercolour Brenda Clewshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/01400505552810078505noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7170945.post-16839257610704111062019-07-15T13:38:00.001-04:002019-07-15T13:54:32.186-04:00# 2 Sunday Self Portrait (watercolour) Self Portrait, © Brenda Clews, June 2, 2019 Almost finished or perhaps never to be finished - this painting taught me to check on neck length! Watercolour, 14" x 20", Arches paper. Earlier version also shown. Doing this one reminded me how much I love watercolours! ___     Brenda Clewshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/01400505552810078505noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7170945.post-36919724562001718472019-05-26T20:37:00.000-04:002019-07-15T13:32:02.061-04:00#1 Sunday Self-Portrait (sketch) Just joined a lovely group where you post self-portraits done only on Sunday, and absolutely not from a photograph. It was such a busy day, but, after an early evening meditation, I dove into a quick graphite sketch as the light was fading - it's page size. The self-portrait is a bit fierce, but hey I 'am' concentrating! I look forward to some self-exploration in the months ahead and seeing Brenda Clewshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/01400505552810078505noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7170945.post-62957945505480171692019-05-16T20:58:00.000-04:002019-05-16T20:58:08.572-04:00Lalitha on Veena - watercolour sketch The sketch was ok. The watercolour, to my eye, over-worked. And then, dang, I started experimenting with varnishes and shouldn't have. On location (an urban sketch), a dark crowded room. Best part: Lalitha, a master of veena, was magnificent. ___     Brenda Clewshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/01400505552810078505noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7170945.post-36533093658686176902019-04-01T15:17:00.002-04:002019-04-01T15:17:49.619-04:00A Brilliant Gloss of Tidal Fury by John F Walter A Brilliant Gloss of Tidal Fury, notes by my dear friend, John Francis Walter John wrote these notes in 2016 - the care and depth of his reading of my book of poetry was overwhelming (and I was probably a bit embarrassed by the attention my little poems got). He parses the book poem by poem!!! John is a true polymath -poet, playwright, writer, intellectual, teacher, actor, translator, friend Brenda Clewshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/01400505552810078505noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7170945.post-27052768184502982082019-02-15T13:36:00.001-05:002019-02-27T16:08:03.446-05:00Ink Ocean, 2018 - best performance yet Direct Link: Ink Ocean Ink Ocean is a poem that I still like to perform around town. Sometimes John Oughton can accompany me, and that is very special. This was videoed last Summer, in August 2018, at Glen Hornblast's Words and Music Jamboree at The Tranzac Club. The camera focussed on the curtain at the back, due, I think, to the string of lights. So I had some slightly blurred footage and Brenda Clewshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/01400505552810078505noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7170945.post-29565657796368574382019-01-26T12:15:00.001-05:002019-02-26T22:37:19.557-05:00Begun a New Commissioned Portrait PaintingSetting the scene, nowhere near finished. It takes about 25 hours to complete a portrait painting, from original sketches to final canvas. To get to this stage in the underpainting, about 10 hours. I'm sharing the process as I go. 18" x 22" x 1.5", oil on canvas.                 ___     Brenda Clewshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/01400505552810078505noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7170945.post-81365365214940339752018-11-19T23:06:00.001-05:002019-02-26T22:37:58.741-05:00Two Recent SketchesTwo recent drawings. This one was done at a life drawing session. Graphite, watercolour paper. A pose of maybe an hour and a half or a so. Getting proportions takes the longest and I think one arm is not quite. Otherwise, ok. I had thought to darken the highlights and shadows from memory, but, as it's on watercolour paper, to leave it lightly done in case I get inspired to paint it.  Brenda Clewshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/01400505552810078505noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7170945.post-40107422153476941802018-11-01T11:35:00.000-04:002019-02-27T16:08:17.759-05:00Interview on The Artis with Ivy Reiss direct link: https://youtu.be/c3EbMGXkqN0 "The Raging Muse": My interview with the delightful, smart and beautiful Ivy Reiss, editor-in-chief of Artis Mag Nineofive, on ThatChannel.com on October 19th. As you chat on air, you feel Ivy's interest, compassion and skill and find yourself opening up. We begin with my book, Tidal Fury, and a performance of my poem, 'The Medusa' (with green fog). I Brenda Clewshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/01400505552810078505noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7170945.post-67184897821071758082018-09-28T18:25:00.000-04:002018-09-28T18:25:22.522-04:00Quick Sketches Some newsprint drawings played with. 18"x22", this week. ___     Brenda Clewshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/01400505552810078505noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7170945.post-70759048167072083822018-08-11T14:09:00.002-04:002018-08-13T17:22:42.124-04:00Progressing, bit by bit... This is drawn, I think, with a 2B in a .9mm technical pencil. It's on it's way to becoming, I hope, a watercolour. Quite large - 14" x 20" or 36cm x 51cm, Aquarelle Arches, 100% cotton, 300g/m or 140lb. I've done the shadows and the beautiful wrinkles in the skin lightly in the drawing - knowing that soft graphite will bleed into the water and paint. Not sure whether to make it a very Brenda Clewshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/01400505552810078505noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7170945.post-72029851164456080352018-08-05T14:40:00.002-04:002018-08-05T18:55:12.365-04:00Couple of Ink Sketches Some test ink drawings with Franklin-Christoph flex (top image that I half rubbed out) and fude nibs (bottom two figures) with a F-C chocolate ink on Strathmore cold press Watercolour paper, 9”x12”. A poet, drawn today. I dare not name him in case he doesn't like the beginnings of this ink sketch. A beautiful black woman on the subway - I didn't feel like trying to darken the skin Brenda Clewshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/01400505552810078505noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7170945.post-36116682571421190502018-08-02T17:44:00.002-04:002018-08-02T17:44:27.609-04:00Could be a preparatory sketch, who knows A preliminary sketch or maybe this is all I'll do, who knows. It's in the small pocket sketchbook, 5.5"x3.5". I finally got a Franklin-Christoph flex nib and Marietta #20 pen and had to try it out right away. On a more absorbent paper, I can get very fine lines, as well as thicker, but not on this paper. It's a Franklin-Christoph chocolate ink, too. So there's a 6H pencil - this paper cannotBrenda Clewshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/01400505552810078505noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7170945.post-17144651751262124602018-07-21T19:27:00.001-04:002018-07-21T19:27:06.957-04:00Finally have a few paintings sketched in, ready to go. This one is floral, 30”x36”. Hope to break through the block plaguing me for the last 2 years soon. #sketch #painting #art #charcoal #artistoninstagram #flowers #sketchforpainting via Instagram Brenda Clewshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/01400505552810078505noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7170945.post-40678813592353112412018-05-19T13:26:00.001-04:002018-05-19T13:26:48.036-04:00Woman Bathing, 7x10” #gelpen on #strathmorepaper via Instagram Brenda Clewshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/01400505552810078505noreply@blogger.com0