Thursday, October 19, 2017

Teaching Drawing

I've just started teaching a 6 week 
Basic Drawing Class
to residents at Linden Ponds,
an Independent Living facility in Hingham, MA. 

Having never done this before,
I'm using Joseph Podlesnick's
terrific book as a guide.
(Thank you Mark Daniel Nelson! )

The first class, we started out with 
Blind Contour Drawings
of apples, coffee cups,
and various other small objects.

We then moved to timed gestural
drawings of a "model".  (me)

They all got right into it,
loosened up, and had a few laughs.

(Regrettably, the time went by so fast,
I wasn't able to get many images.)

This is such an engaging and interesting group
and l look forward to working with them!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Paper Collages

I recently bought Jane Davies' book 

These are a few small cut paper collages 
done as one of her exercises. 

 I keep a box of small shapes 
of different papers
(left over from other projects)
for just this reason.  

A new way of looking and thinking,
for sure. 

I am working on new lesson plans 
to teach soon. 
Will keep you posted! 

Monday, October 9, 2017

Landscape "Impressions"

Ever since my recent trip to Anderson Valley,
I've been thinking about doing a series of small 
landscape "impressions".

The light in that part of California this time of year 
is so crisp and the vistas are breathtaking.


"Wine Country"
(4) 6 x 8  gouache 

I used a limited palette
and painted them all at the same time.
(From I Pad studies) 

Friday, October 6, 2017

Small Works Season

Preparing for the holiday 
Small Works season.

Using references 
I've been thinking about since 
my Residency this time last year in Gloucester. 

Heading Out 
8 x 8 oil 

Like I've said, 
painting smaller is just so different 
than painting on a large surface! 

I like the immediacy of it.
Putting a stroke down and leaving it.  

Monday, October 2, 2017

Something Different

I had odd sizes of Canson Canva paper 
mounted on gator board last week
and this is my first experiment using oils.  

12 x 10 oil 
on canva paper 

I'm not used to painting on a white surface
and I kind of like it.
It is very freeing.

All new winter/early spring
 workshops and classes 
are in the works. 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Over Working

Still working on NOT overworking a larger painting
when I go back in to fix/ finish it.   
I think I solved some of the issues on this one 
in rounds two and three,
but it feels over worked to me. 

Surf Casters
18 x 24 oil 

My best work has always been done 
"alla prima"or in one session.  
It feels more intuitive and spontaneous, 
and that's when the magic can happen, 
without the struggle. 

I think this 15 minute gouache sketch 
has more personality than the big oil
that took me a couple of days.  

Sunday, September 24, 2017

California Eye Candy

California is filled with visual delights,
especially the art work in the wineries,
hotels and restaurants.

This was hanging behind the reception desk
at our hotel in Napa.

"Water Moves Beneath Us"

I looked him up and his artistic journey 
is inspiring!

This amazing painting was also in the lobby,
but sadly I didn't get the name of the artist. 

Just another boring office building in 
San Francisco.