Saturday, October 31, 2015

Seeing Color

Last week our model laid on the floor surrounded by 
colored pillows and cloths. 

There were many challenges here, 
the least of which was using a limited pallet of 
quinacridone red, Indian yellow, and ultramarine blue plus white. 
(The foreshortening almost put me over the edge!) 

Limiting my pallet is helping me see color 
in a whole new way, 
and I just find that exhilarating!  

Monday, October 26, 2015


The best thing about taking a college course as an adult
is that there's homework. 
And you WANT to do it! 

"Cello Watching the Pats"
(homework sketch)

Each week, we are required to take a life drawing class
outside the class and/or draw from life at home. 
Cello makes a great model because she sleeps a lot.  

I'm being reminded that drawing from life is truly, 
the only way to learn how to see. 
Happy drawing, painters! 

Friday, October 23, 2015

Another Discovey

My newest and most exciting discovery is  
A professor of art at Ohio Wesleyan University,
his blogs are incredibly informative. 

8 x 10 acrylic by Frank Hobbs 

Most known for his landscapes, 
his latest acrylic figurative paintings from a trip to 
Cortona Palcoscenico, Italy are just amazing.

Have fun fellow painters! 

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Coloring Book Exercise

This week, I introduced my new
Coloring Book Exercise
(aka Pattern Painting)

The idea is to create a dynamic painting
by filling in large outlined shapes with flat color.
The fewer number of shapes the better. 
No modeling. No blending. 

My 20 minute demo

Note: These are the last of my tomatoes. 
They'll be sauce by the end of today.  

 student work in progress 

This exercise is a great way to get students to stop 

For more information, here is a link to my blog post 
from 2012 on the subject of Pattern Painting.

Saturday, October 17, 2015


I am making all kinds of discoveries lately,
and my latest is the artist Euan Uglow.

Here is an in-depth  Paintings Perception article about him
with many images of his work. 

Curled Nude on a stool
by Euan Uglow
20 x 39 inch oil 

His mathematical approach and perfectionism fascinate me
because it is the antithesis of how I paint.   
For now. 

Monday, October 12, 2015

Learning New Skills

I'm adding new colors to my palette and 
experimenting with new techniques. 

Catherine Kehoe shared this quote with us in class last week: 

"Do what you have to do now and learn all the skills and needs 
and little by little you will morph into yourself-to-be. 
What you are doing in paint now is preparation for the unknown future.
A great life."
— George Nick

8 x 8 

"In the Moment"
6 x 8  

It's all part of this awesome journey! 

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Austin Kleon

Thursday night, my friend and I went to
Trident Bookstore to hear
Austin Kleon
talk about his new book.   

Well, it's not really a book, but a journal! 
"It's jam packed with prompts and exercises 
that are geared to get you thinking more creatively. "

He was very entertaining, showed us samples of all kinds of journals,
and spoke a lot about why journaling is so important
during this technological age. 

Now everyone knows what they are getting for Christmas!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Drawing the Figure

There are numerous ways to accurately
describe the human figure.

My 20 minute demo for 
"proportions of the figure" exercise
for Monday class at NRAS. 

My three value study 
done for homework
at life drawing class 
Monday night.

No matter what method you use,
it's all about measuring and correcting.
And lots of practice!