Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Saturday, August 21, 2010
This was a wonderful group to work with. Everyone worked hard and produced some great images. I was particularly pleased with their success at drawing accurate features in all 3 poses. Some of the paintings are still in progress but I wanted to share all the work for the week. Tomorrow I will post my final demo. I hope you enjoy the slide show. Don't forget to click on the "x" in the upper right hand corner to get rid of that annoying stupid pet ad. It's the price of having free slide show service.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Saturday, August 14, 2010
In preparation for presenting my Beginning Portrait Watercolor Workshop on Monday, I am getting all my materials together. I thought some of you might be interested in some of the books I use and share during this workshop. I find books invaluable as resource information and inspiration. My favorite book that I share for porrait composition is by Alex Powers . This book is out of print but still available. My copy is highlighted, underlined, flagged and dogeared. A wonderful book I discovered about a year ago is called Face Parts by Simon Jennings. This book is very thorough on all aspects of drawing and painting the face without emphasising a particular style or way of painting. I find this important because we all need to find our own voice in painting style but understanding the structure of the face is crucial to being able to produce a convincing portrait.
Companion books in this series is Body Parts by Simon Jennings . This book has a great section on hands which often need addressing when doing a portrait. In fact, my whole self portrait series actually started while I was developing images for students that included head and hands. A topic I teach on in the Advanced Portrait Workshop.
The final book I wanted to share is a an amazing book I stumbled upon in the Denver airport in a wonderful gift shop. Heads by Alex Kayser is a book of 184 heads of men and women....all of them in the exact same pose and format and all of them are bald. It shows how alike but different each of us are. I have never seen this book anywhere else.
Many of you have been kind enough to express interest in taking a workshop from me if I was in your area. You can make that happen! Many of my teaching engagements have come about because someone recommended me to their local art association that sponsors workshops. In fact, a group of friends can get together and hire me. I appreciate your enthusiasm for my work and look forward to working with all of you who are interested. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, August 13, 2010
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Saturday, August 7, 2010
Jerry spent more time lecturing in the morning than usual, and since he had just juried the awards for the International Society of Acrylic Painters, he talked about the jurying process and some insights about how he selects the winners. He said the awards reflect only how the juror feels at that moment. If he juried the show a day later he might pick differently. Ultimately, he looks for paintings he would like to take home, the ones that touch him in someway, the ones with "content". It's not just about technique and design. Ultimately, he feels the purpose and value of these shows is to inform, educate and inspire those who come to see it. The awards are not that significant because they are just how one person feels at one moment in time. At the end of the day, many of us went over to see the show. The variety of paintings was impressive. It was fun to look at the different works and "see" the design construct. Most of my favorites received awards. Congratulations to all of the entrants. You are all winners.
A big thank you to Barbara Leites for all her hard work putting on an excellent workshop.
Friday, August 6, 2010
Since I am not usually an abstract painter, my first choice was the Opposing Forces composition. I can invision working this into my paintings more than some of he others. A real challenge for me is to see how I might utilitze each design idea within my work. I plan to play around with this idea in my sketch book when I get some breathing room. As you will see in the slide show, this was a very popular format. I was pleased with the final piece. I discovered some new textural techniques along the way. I was working over old paintings. I like how the original color shows up in very subtle ways. For my second painting, I decided to do a vertical composition because I noticed that I have a tendency to apply collage papers in a vertical manner. I was working on varying the width, color, and breaking up the space in an interesting way. Not so sure about the outcome but I sure was having fun. Here are the results of the rest of the class having so much fun it should be illegal!
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
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Monday, August 2, 2010
Sunday, August 1, 2010
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