Tag Archives: Seeing

Celebrating Earth Day

As you might guess from all the trees I draw, I am a nature lover.  I can find enough inspiration from a quiet walk in the woods for a month of drawings.  Soaking up the beauty of the forest feeds my … Continue reading

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Let’s Take a Field Trip

I like to take my classes to a local coffee shop to gain experience drawing in public.  For those new to drawing, it’s a comfortable place to get their feet wet sketching on location.  And for the more experienced, it offers a wonderful variety of subject … Continue reading

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A Shocking Revelation

We were simply drawing boxes in class, putting them in positions that require two vanishing points. One of the students suddenly exclaimed, “It’s shocking!”   Shocking is not usually a word associated with the art I do or teach.  She … Continue reading

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New Perspectives

I recently began teaching a six week Perspective course.   It’s a topic I find fascinating and I especially enjoy discovering it fresh through the eyes of my students.   There are always wonderful questions that come up that help … Continue reading

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Seeing the Forest Not the Trees

That’s right, today we’re going to draw a forest and we’re  going to try NOT to see the trees.  Let me explain:   Many people will draw a forest or group of trees by drawing one tree,  another next to … Continue reading

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More about Drawing Trees

There are so many different kinds of trees, can you really use the method I talked about in the last post to draw them all?  Well, yes, you can.  Now that you know the secret to drawing trees (shape and … Continue reading

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Seeing in Black and White

To those new to drawing, seeing values can be perplexing.  Most people see color instead of value.  Then if something is a dark color, they assign it a dark value.  That may or may not be a truthful representation.  A … Continue reading

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Why we Draw

There are so many reasons for drawing.  First and foremost, it’s fun.  I’ve just come from a drawing session at a nearby coffee shop with one of my drawing classes.  For most of them it was the first time drawing … Continue reading

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Drawing a Tree

Recently, a student loaned me a wonderful little book.  It’s called Drawing a Tree by Bruno Munari. It’s profound in it’s simplicity.   Trunks become limbs, limbs become branches, and branches become slender twigs.  Depending upon the type of tree, the form may be … Continue reading

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Inspiration from John Ruskin

John Ruskin was an Englishman who lived from 1819 to 1900.  He was an artist known primarily for his writing on art and nature, among other topics.  After hearing that his book, The Elements of Drawing, was one of the first books … Continue reading

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