When I teach drawing I always start out by having the students trace something. Everyone can trace. It’s a no-brainer. Just put the pencil along the edge and follow it around the shape. Whether you’re tracing your hand, a leaf or a cookie cutter, the action is familiar and easy. …… Continue reading Start by Tracing
In the Fall I teach drawing classes. My primary class is Sketchbook Journaling, a how-to course in the basic principles of learning to see line, value, form, and depth. The most important word in that sentence is “see.” Learning to draw is learning to see. This often comes as a surprise to new students. When…… Continue reading Back to Basics
I learned a new word recently: ekphrasis. It’s a Greek word meaning “description,” which would explain why spell checker has underlined it. I learned this when I was sent an ekphrastic poem about my drawing, “This Way and That.” An ekphrastic poem is a type of poem that provides a vivid description of a scene…… Continue reading Poetic License
I decided it was time for an update. In addition to the new look I plan to add some new content pages. Once I get the appearance established, I’ll start on those pages. Thanks for your patience as I work my way through the set up process. Comments are always welcome. Whether you see something…… Continue reading A New Look
Towards the end of our week at Paint the Peninsula in Port Angeles (see previous post), the artists participated in the Quick Draw. This is a popular event at plein air competitions around the country. Artists must complete a work within in set amount of time at a specific location. From an art lover’s point…… Continue reading The Quick Draw
Last week I participated in Paint the Peninsula, a plein air painting competition based in Port Angeles, Washington. A juried group of 22 artists representing 11 states and two Canadian provinces were set loose to paint in oil, watercolor, pastel and acrylic this stunningly beautiful corner of the United States. It was a great honor…… Continue reading Paint the Peninsula!
Summer is such a great time to get out and sketch. I’ve had several short trips in the area plus every Tuesday our local sketching group gets together to draw around the island. I thought you might like to see what I’ve been up to. Island sketching at Fort Ward – At Waterfront Park…… Continue reading Out and About