This is charcoal on brown paper. I was looking at old masters and being inspired by them.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Saturday, October 20, 2012
I have made copies of George Bridgman's book (Bridgman's Complete Guide to Drawing form Life). I use charcoal on tinted paper to copy gesture and line quality. I love George Bridgman's ability to take the human form and describe it simply.
Saturday, October 13, 2012
So I was taking pictures when a huge white bird decided to fly over my head. I just watched in aaahhh until I realized that I had a camera in my hands. I tried to focus, and snapped a shot as fast as possible. I think it is an egret?? I will call it an egret until I am proven wrong.
Since the sun is above and light is shining through the feathers you can see the feather pattern. Plus you can briefly see the wing bone structure. This would be good for a bird anatomy class.
Saturday, September 29, 2012
Nathan Fowkes came and did some lectures, I was able to go to some of them. He answered many of my art questions that I have had for years. Nathan did a demo of a landscape that was awesome. Here are some of my feeble attempts of trying to apply some of the knowledge that he shared. This is his blog: http://nathanfowkes-sketch.blogspot.com/
Monday, September 24, 2012
Saturday, September 22, 2012
I was just looking through some old sketchbooks to get some ideas. I found this drawing that I did about three years ago. I remember really enjoying this drawing. It's fun to look at old drawings and measure your progress.
PS I love smoother paper in my sketchbooks.
Saturday, September 1, 2012
It's about time I post another photo. This is one of those pictures that you take and later it catches your interest in a different way. It reminds me of an old oil painting that has lost some of its color and is turning a brown, yellow color.
PS (There is a hidden image in this photo that surprised me while I was looking closer at things)
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
This was done this morning. I was so excited to go drawing. Then after a time my hands couldn't move or draw because it was cold. Thats when I decided the drawing was done and that it was time to go home and get some breakfast.
PS I saw a three black minks. They are fast little critters!!!
Monday, August 20, 2012
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Saturday, July 28, 2012
My wife says that this is a saintly pirate. He has been getting more and more innocent looking, as I have been adding more and more glazes. I am realizing the importance of having a really good base drawing under layers of glazes.
Friday, July 27, 2012
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Monday, July 16, 2012
Thursday, July 12, 2012
I did this at Fircrest Park in Salem, Oregon. My hope is that pen sketches will eventually help me to paint better in oils. It is tricky trying to decide what has emphasis, and what detail should be left out.
Saturday, July 7, 2012
Usually I just post my own art. This is a sculpture that my friend Niki Covington made called "The Spirit of Freedom". I thought it would be appropriate for this month. If you go to his blog you can read some patriotic messages. http://njcovington.blogspot.com/
Monday, July 2, 2012
Monday, June 11, 2012
Saturday, June 2, 2012
I have been reading a book called "Creative Illustration" by Andrew Loomis. This book has been a great help. He discusses how to better work from a photograph although he suggests that getting a real model is the best way. Anyway in the book Andrew suggests that the reader do a copy of one of his photos. So this is a pencil drawing that I did of a photograph in his book. (This is one of those books that I wished I owned.)
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Monday, May 7, 2012
So this is a horse head that I copied in pencil. This is form the Charles Bargue and Gerome Drawing course book. Doing these drawings has trained my eyes to see better. I was under the direction of Ryan Brown and Niki Covington. Ryan has an art school called The Center for Academic Study & Naturalist Painting (CAS), in Springville, Utah.
Here are two more copy drawings I did from the Hallie Ford Museum of Art in Salem, Oregon. I tried a new experiment. The bottom sketches were done in front of the Italian drawing. Then I would abandon my sketches and go to the next room where the upper image was done from memory. I don't think they are as successful as the last ones. I only had two hours of time, I wish I had all day. The security guard kept eyeing me. But.... he also provided me with a chair to accomplish my experiment.
Friday, April 13, 2012
Friday, March 16, 2012
Saturday, January 21, 2012
So today I went to the Special Collections at the University of Oregon in Eugene. http://libweb.uoregon.edu/speccoll/ They have some original Frederic Rodrigo Gruger drawings and a bunch of originals from other artist of his time. I can't post the pictures that I took there, but I can post some pictures from his book that I would highly recommend. UVU has this book in its library.
Seeing the originals of great artists is so inspiring. The brush strokes, smudges, old white gouache that has turned blue, pen and ink!! I have been a big fan of Gruger for a long time. I pick up his book at least once a week. These are a few pictures from his book.
Thursday, January 5, 2012
I heard the Hallie Ford Museum of Art in Salem, Oregon http://www.willamette.edu/arts/hfma/exhibitions/library/2011-12/timeless_renaissance.html was having a collection of real Italian renaissance drawings. Before this exhibit I have never seen a real renaissance drawing in person. These were collected by Count Alessandro Maggiori (1764-1834). I also learned that one could go and do copies of these drawings. I was so excited to go and do some copies. So these are some copies that I did of the drawings. Sorry I don't have photos of the real things. You will just have to imagine that I did a good job. I am so thankful for the museum in letting people do copies.
Why do copies??? If you have a purpose in mind you can learn much. If you have no purpose you are wasting your time. I have others that I will post maybe????