Friday, April 30, 2010
AS I prepare for my trip early tomorrow for Wyoming and teaching/painting today, the cracks are beginning to show in my drawing, especially this old blue china plate.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
This was my class demo at The California Art Institute yesterday of English rose Vickie -and the drawing block-in counting for today's drawing challenge.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
I am focusing on this coming Saturday which will mark MONTH NUMBER FIVE of my daily drawing challenge. I need the focus as the challenge is feeling stale right now like five-day-old bread. Here are more boats I sketched from the dock yesterday. Not the best sketch, the day was dull and overcast, but..I met the challenge. How are you doing with your New Year's Resolutions?
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Posting early for tomorrow's drawing. It had to be done. A drawing from my 'garden'. John Singer Sargent's legacy is not threatened. He painted the best watercolor water of anyone ever. Humbling stuff. Glad I did it. Very challenging little quick sketch of dock posts.
A simple drawing block-in demo of donuts and eggs done for a class of teeanagers I was teaching last night at The Vita Art Gallery in Ventura. A very talented enthusiastic group of young artists it was my privilege to teach. This is my drawing for the day. I drew a lot last night.
Friday, April 23, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
The verdict (and picture) is finally in...my unveiling last week of Mr. Christopher Forbes (of Forbes Magazine) by the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry in conjunction with The National Trust of Scotland's gala, A Celebration of National Treasures, honoring Mr. Forbes.
A migraine stopped play on this sketch last night at the end of 30 minutes. It is a compositional sketch for a posthumous portrait commission I am starting to work on. Every painting is a series of corrections but those compositional sketches sure help.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
I returned with yesterday's drawing to the large format I started the year with. I had a lovely comment from someone who contacted me yesterday saying how 'sensual" the early part of the drawing year was.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
The last day I found myself sketching at the airport. Actually in the airport bar. A great place to sketch. People are animated thanks to the brew and don't usually work out that you are drawing them.
Time was short this day with another portrait unveiling in the evening at The Players' Club. I raced to Columbus Circle to sketch for 30 minutes. I picked a complicated subject and tried to break it down into an abstract form of light and shadow that I could nail simply remembering the spectacular drawings of Poussin.
I re-grouped for my drawing this day, planning for it, doing something I have ALWAYS wanted to do. Draw from the sculptures at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The next two days were lack-lustre in the drawing department, so many distractions, but I got it done, telling myself through gritted teeth I only had to LOOK at that sketch book for 30 minutes. Stuff came out, slowly and painfully. People move really fast in Starbucks. Wonder why?
There was much on my mind this day other than drawing challenges. Checking easel/stage lights for my night's portrait unveiling in front of 300 honoring Mr. Kip Forbes (Forbes Magazine) at The Metropolitan Club, phone calls to event organizers, etc. etc. This lovely bag lady dressed in bright orange leggings and blue hat got me through the challenge over a cup of coffee in a cafe, looking out onto busy manic 57th street where she was sitting on a plastic crate in her own little world. She hadn't a care in the world. She knew her leggings were killer.
I couldn't escape the drawing challenge in New York even with a fire escape outside my window.
Monday, April 12, 2010
Who wants to draw in the evening when one has to pack and be up at 3 a.m. to travel? All I can say is, a drawing challenge wouldn't be a challenge without these kind of errr....challenging not so warm and fuzzy moments.
There's a guy like this in every old town. He has walked the same street on his daily routine for years, the world on his shoulders. The cap is perfectly moulded to his head, the coat crumpled to perfection from years of use with bits of dried baguette I suspect in his pockets.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
It was one of those lazy hazy Sunday afternoons in Dinan, France. A new friend took me out for the afternoon in her little old car. What a treat after so much time walking on my own. We saw relics, we saw idyllic spots, We ate ice-creams. We laughed at her bad driving.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Some moments take your breath away. I really did see a rainbow over the 6th Century Mont-St-Michel tiny island and it's Benedictine Abbey on a rainy day in France. What are the chances of that?
I decided to try and capture that moment in a quick-sketch drawing last night. The rainbow, the tourists treading a well- worn path to the mount. I was glad I did. The feelings of the day flooded back. The sense of incredible history that I was standing before. The sheer sense of being overwhelmed. How would I even attempt to paint this? And one of the BEST lunches I had in France at a tourist grim grotto. Go figure.
The drawing is far from perfect lacking in a good value pattern but it also reminds me that things can be special done with heart and the right feeling. Perfectly imperfect so to speak. It is not all about perfect technique.
Actual Image 4 x 6"
Charcoal and wash.
Friday, April 9, 2010
I started this still life as a little demo in my teaching class. The drawing block-in counts toward today's challenge. The block-in wasn't my best.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
It is 7 a.m. and here I am posting marbles. A busy day ahead. A painting to ship out early. A morning class to teach and an afternoon painting in the studio. It could be said I am losing my marbles?
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
I decided to dip my art toes into the murky waters of art merchandising. I have seen other artists self-publish books, mugs, note cards, aprons, hats and such.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
I am not worried about getting my drawing in today as I do a portrait demo tonight for a dinner meeting for The Westlake Village Art Guild in CA. I am told to expect about 85 artists watching me do my 'thing'.
Monday, April 5, 2010
Sunday, April 4, 2010
There had to be a bunny in today's drawing so here the great Easter Rabbit gets pulled out of a hat...
Saturday, April 3, 2010
I am feeling the need to lay down the' line' for a bit rather than do the more 'mass' painterly drawing approach you have see me do mostly so far. I think people who draw really well have a good command of both the line of things and the mass of things. I want to challenge myself on this challenge...and LEARN.
Friday, April 2, 2010
I set up a still life yesterday of skull, ink quill, pot and rose, especially for the three tattoo artists in my class. The are great and an inspiration to ME. We have a mutual repsect for each others' art skills.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
I love sparkly things...I think that is pretty obvious by now! Here is my drawing for the day. Classs demo yesterday in my teaching class. A beautiful model whose likeness seemed hard to capture for everyone. Those gold coins presented many with a challenge too. I like what I got. Easy to get carried away with beauty and sparkle!