My book is now available for pre-order through Amazon. I just discovered this myself yesterday.
Saturday, December 20, 2014
Thursday, December 18, 2014
|That Day in the Sun|
charcoal and pastel on paper
At one time the thing that came easiest to me was drawing the face. I actually did commission portraits in my 20's. That was my specialty along with figure drawing. It is what I spent all of my time on and I devoted years to improving my ability to draw the human figure and faces. It is now interesting to bring some abstract foundations into the face. Next I will approach the figure in the same way. I've learned a few things in doing this. It is important to choose the right photograph to work from. I always work from black and white photographs so it is important to choose a photograph with contrast. I tend to favor strong shadows on the face. The other thing I've learned is to limit my color choices. My best ones have been very monochromatic with a definite range of values from light to dark. This one began with an underpainting in burnt sienna, raw umber and black. I then drew over it with charcoal and nupastel. After that came a layer of pastel ground and then soft pastel. I did have to go back in to rework the eyes. I also find that knowing the correct proportions of the facial features is very important to abstracting the portrait. I want it to be expressive but still want the features to be in the correct place and this requires measurement and a little altering from time to time.
My book is finished and is now off to the printer. It looks amazing! I'm excited to see the final color copy of the book. I hope to have it available and maybe even do book signings at the upcoming IAPS convention in June.
Monday, December 15, 2014
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
20x20 pastel Sold
This pastel will be on exhibit at the Butler Institute of American Art December 2014 to February 2015
This year I've returned to working with a flower theme. With each one I create I gather more ideas for future pastels and paintings. I'm excited to see where it all leads me. I've created a small book with some of my paintings and pastels from this past year. Click on the link and it will take you to my new Blurb book titled Back to the Garden
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
|Blue Abstraction in process|
acrylic on canvas with charcoal and gold gesso
Friday, October 31, 2014
30x22 pastel on paper
This summer I spent quite a bit of time doing one of my favorite ways of drawing. I created several "blind" contour drawings from life. I love this form of drawing. They will never be framed and are not finished artworks. I sit outside, take newsprint and charcoal and draw what I see in front of me. I put the charcoal on paper and don't lift to place very often. I overlap lines and allow my eyes and hand to follow the line of what I see. It is a slow form of drawing and brings more sensitivity as I am really looking at what I see. It also slows me down and for me it is much like a form of meditation.
It brought me to go on a search for a book that I bought many years ago called The Zen of Seeing: seeing/drawing as meditation by Frederick Franck (1973). I got it out and reread many parts that I had marked many years ago. Here is a wonderful quote from the book "I have learned that what I have not drawn I have never really seen, and that when I start drawing an ordinary thing I realize how extraordinary it is, sheer miracle: the branching of a tree, the structure of a dandelion's seed puff. "A mouse is miracle enough to stagger sextillions of infidels" says Walt Whitman. I discover that among the Ten Thousand Things there is no ordinary thing. All that is, is worthy of being seen, of being drawn." I took the book to one of my workshops and a participant took it with her overnight. She came back the next day and told me how emotional she had become reading through the book. It is a wonderful gem of a book.
Drawing continues to be the foundation and most important form of creating for me whether I am painting an abstract or drawing a flower.