When it comes to art supplies I admit to being a bit of a hoarder. You never know when something will come in handy. So when a printer offered me 500 small scraps of leftover watercolor paper, I gladly took them. They sat on a shelf for a while until it dawned on me that the… Continue reading Serendipitous Scraps
For many, winter is dreary, cold and often not too inspiring for drawing. But one day this week there was a cloudless sky and the temperature soared into the upper 50’s where I live. It was simply too nice to stay inside so I treated myself to a walk at Bloedel Reserve, a lovely nature preserve near by. While some… Continue reading A Walk in the Woods
One of the best ways to learn is to ask questions. Because drawing is an examination of a subject, as I draw there is a continual dialog going on in my head. Sometimes I talk to myself, and sometimes I ask my subject. I’m going to do a line drawing of this pretty pitcher that’s been in… Continue reading Drawing Conversations
I grew up in a small New England town. It was idyllic except for the fact there was no art instruction. I learned to draw by copying other artists. Later, in the era of individualism and experimentation I discovered copying was a big no-no. (Obviously, copying is still taboo if we copy another’s work of… Continue reading Learning from the Masters
I’ve been talking about lines for a bit now, but there’s still so much to say. Lines, or as some call them, “marks” are the building blocks of drawing. There are all kinds of lines, short lines, long lines, straight lines, curved lines, hard lines, soft lines. How you use them adds not only… Continue reading Lines, Lines and More Lines
While I don’t pretend to be an expert on human relationships, I do have a little experience with visual relationships. That’s the subject of this lesson. How do things relate to each other ? John Muir said, “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in… Continue reading All about Relationships
The best thing to do if you want to learn to draw is to start by sketching simple objects. Practice seeing and sketching with basic shapes then gradually work your way to more complicated subjects. Fruit and vegetables are time-honored still life components that artists have used for centuries. I like to start with them… Continue reading What should I draw?