Acrylic Painting: A Starting Point

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acrylic painting in the starting phase by Mayra Ruiz-McPherson

This acrylic painting “starting point” came about because my teenaged son accidentally squeezed one of my blue acrylic paint tubes yesterday afternoon *sigh*

But once I saw the accidentally squeezed acrylic dollop on the coffee table, my mind began to wonder how I would possibly rescue the paint.

Then it came to me.

I decided to use the paint to begin an acrylic painting of a vintage doll I’ve had in my possession for more than 10 years.

I’m excited to push this painting forward and will share my progress over the coming weeks.

Mayra Ruiz-McPherson

Human Anatomy Drawing Assignment

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Human anatomy rendering in charcoal pencil by Mayra Ruiz-McPherson

My grad school MFA program‘s summer term this year includes a human anatomy class that is blowing my mind.

The class spent the first few weeks drawing skeletons; so much so I often felt I was drawing and designing Halloween-themed greeting cards 🙂

I’m poking a bit of fun but the reality is that the class has taught me so much about how to better render the human figure.

I feel like the class is really helping me improve figure drawing details.

Even though I admit I can’t remember all the Latin muscle names and groups, I do feel more prepared and confident when drawing the human form.

Another side benefit beyond improving my technical drawing techniques: I find myself visually appreciating, more than ever before, the unique shapes and beautiful forms that together compose the ultimate masterpiece that is the human body.

You can see more of my human anatomy drawings here in my portfolio.

Mayra Ruiz-McPherson

Oil Painting: Toast for Breakfast

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Oil painting of toast breakfast dish by Mayra Ruiz-McPherson

In the fall of 2017, I took my first-ever oil painting class as part of my MFA in Illustration with the Academy of Art University.

Needless to say, I had never oil painted anything in my life before the class.

But since having taken the class, I’ve become really interested in the medium (more about my oil painting interests in a future post).

This painting was done for a still life assignment.

Our class had to paint an object with a reflective light on it, hence why the knife takes center stage here.

While far from perfect, for not having painted much of anything before this class, this came out much better than I had hoped.

Thinking back on it ….

While there are some definite tweaks and improvements I could make to this, I was and still am pretty happy with how this turned out, given my then-limited oil painting experience.

What do you think?

~ Enjoy! 

Mayra Ruiz-McPherson