Simply Flowers

A work in progress sits on the main easel in my studio beckoning me to invest more time and energy to make the floral still life look more convincing.  It’s amazing how many hours can be poured into a work of art!  Yet, I feel compelled to put aside other worthy projects to bring theContinue reading “Simply Flowers”

Contrast, Drawing and Observation

As I prepare to teach a drawing course I drew this pencil portrait of my granddaughter looking at a greeting card.  Although not highly finished, it demonstrates a high contrast that helps to make a drawing look convincing.  She is much prettier than this rendition and so I will continue to make attempts that IContinue reading “Contrast, Drawing and Observation”

A Whole Lot of Art Going On

I’m looking forward to the joy of teaching art in our community!  This class will be on Monday mornings at the Rohner Recreation Hall at Rohner Park in Fortuna, California.  We will be exploring how to paint pictures of a world filled with glorious color and light by using acrylics on canvas.  Sign ups areContinue reading “A Whole Lot of Art Going On”

Offering a Local Art Class

On six consecutive Tuesday evenings, from February 26th – April 2nd 2013, 6:30 – 8:30 PM, I’ll be offering a drawing class at the Fortuna Fabric and Craft Shop – 2045 Main St. in Fortuna, California.  All skill levels are welcome.  The class cost is $100 plus supplies (drawing paper, pencils & an eraser).  TheContinue reading “Offering a Local Art Class”

A Limited Palette Part 4 – My Favorites

  We live in a world filled with color and light.  All the marvelous colors in the world can be mixed by using a limited palette. It is important to make the distinction that when I refer to a limited palette I am using colored paint that, used  together, can be mixed to create the whole spectrumContinue reading “A Limited Palette Part 4 – My Favorites”

A Limited Color Palette – Part 3 – The “Ish”

Learning and understanding color is made simple by the “ish.”  Even my four-year-old granddaughter understands the concept.  We learn to evaluate and describe any color by  voicing it’s ingredients in order from greatest to least – and then add the ish.  What is that color the army uses so frequently?  Oh, it’s greenish-yellowish-reddish.  Mix thoseContinue reading “A Limited Color Palette – Part 3 – The “Ish””

A Limited Color Palette Part 2 – No Black.

No Black?  No.  Black is the absence of color.  And we live in a world filled with color and light.  What we consider black is really very very dark color that appear to our eyes as black – dark green, dark purple, dark bluish-brownish-purple, etc.  Painters will argue about this, but in a limited colorContinue reading “A Limited Color Palette Part 2 – No Black.”