Wednesday, November 28, 2018

New Classical School and Work

Have made a new discovery down on lower Manhattan...
even made a new friend. (Who looks like he is trying to make his escape...sorry David)

It is the New York Academy of Art !  Just took an amazing workshop by former medical illustrator and NYAA professor, Roberto Osti.

(forgive the poor photo quality- taken off my phone in my tiny walk up apartment)

Don't these look like notes from a med student?

I felt like I was in med school for a bit...the information was coming so fast!  

I now completely get the old joke about doctors' sloppy handwriting!

But studying that and after some gesture warm ups...

enabled me to do this...

and this....

Actually Mr Osti attended medical school while training as a medical illustrator and it definitely showed in his approach and work!  

NYAA is a definite gem for those who want to learn how to draw paint and sculpt in the classical tradition!

Friday, June 29, 2018

Art Student League Work and Life in NYC

So it really happened, bought the proverbial "one way ticket" to the big apple...

Now living in a tiny little walk up above tourist haven...

See?  Here is the bus to prove it!

Here is my tiny studio (aka coffee table) at my home for the month...

it's about 6 inches from my bed, 50 inches from my office and a whooping 90 inches from the dining room. (I think you get the point...it is tiny)

 Doing all this so I can take classes here...

Saturday, June 16, 2018

On the Easel and Heading to NYC

Hello it’s been a long time!  This teaching parenting thing is always such a time sucker...but in a good way!

Here is what has been on the easel these last few days...

Over My Head
Watercolor on Arches

Shimmering River
Watercolor on Arches

Oh and of course the latest color chart...(as part of my 2018 studio challenge goal to clarify my palette)

But now the next big adventure this summer is my extended field trip to ...

 the big apple to take classes at...
 the Art Student League!  

This is how excited I am! (And how I looked several decades ago....)

will not wait 6 months to post about this!!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

The Corporate Life

Hello!  Long time since I posted.  But now with my final grades for the university turned in, I have a chance to catch up, breathe and enjoy art making again.  (That is in between all the holiday festivities).

Was asked to step in last minute to come up with a team building art activity for a corporate retreat.  So after running all over town to find cheap big canvases (thank you Michael's!)

This is what I came up with!

I gridded two 36x48" canvases and color matched acrylic paint to their office decor and logo palette...

Got them going with some different application techniques (see the straw in the top half)

Then things really starting rocking as they loosened up 

The turkey baster in the bottom was used quite a bit!

Many hands working together and having fun

Not shy about the paint at all by this point!

At this point, my fellow artists in nearby studios thought I had set up a bar for these guys, they were having so much fun!  

Really, my colleagues in the building thought this was a holiday office party not a corporate retreat, 
these executive leaders were having such a great time!

And now they have a great memento to hang in their office!

Once again, loving my connections that art makes!

Happy Holidays from my studio to yours!


Monday, September 4, 2017

Teaching In A Great New Place...

So thrilled I have been asked to teach at such a great place!  

The Art League School in Alexandria Virginia!

Called the “best place to take art classes in the DC area"

Friday, August 25, 2017

2017 Goal Met!

If you look at my little bio blurb (and don’t worry if you didn’t-I am just thrilled you are here!), you will see I give myself a challenge every year dealing with some technical/aesthetic issue.

A couple of years ago with was compete vs. nuture for an artist.

This year it is tone vs. color, which is more important?

file image-not me ;)


(I know, I need to stop with the confrontational stuff, don’t I?)  Anyway I think I found the answer to this year’s question is about the same as that other one from a few years back....

not me either, just another ...file image


Neither is more important!
can’t (or perhaps in my case) don’t want to, have one without the other.  
They both need each other!

Even if I only work in color or only black and white. I have to 

1. consider the value scale and its ability to create illusionary space

2.  then and only then consider the emotional impact color (or lack thereof) will have on both the artist and the viewer.

Put another way (because I love my analogies)...

file image
It’s a dead man’s party
 (with apologizes to Oingo Bingo)

Tone (value, great scale-however you call it) is like the skeleton of the work, color is the muscle and skin, then the artist’s concept is the clothing and jewelry.

Atlas Exposed  file image

 In conversation, most of us do not think of the skeleton of the person when we meet and chat with them. Usually we notice the way they are dressed and what they have to say (aka concept).  But and here is the important part, if there skeleton, muscles and skin were not in place functioning properly, the clothing and the jewelry would not matter.  The dysfunction may overshadow the clothing or jewelry. 

In other words I think it should go-
1. tone
2. color


So that is why this post is just in time!  I am filling in for a friend this semester.  I am teaching some of her classes at Longwood University.  One class is close to my heart, Integrating Art into the General Curriculum, something I have been doing since before my students have been born!  The other is a studio class where you can bet I will be thrilling them with the above new revelation of mine.

See you in 2018!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Nimrod Hall Instructor and Pochade Success!

These are photos show my very favorite way of enjoying art!!!!

With fellow traveler artists.  

My workshop participants at Nimrod Hall.  So once I got over the intimidation of teaching other professional artists, it was amazing...
what a blast to just paint, teach, watch and talk about art!!

By myself with my mini studio/plein air set up!

Got my pochade setup rocking now...it held up great for my first painting session.  

The best thing of all?  Is I get to do it again before the summer is out!

Yes it is okay to be jealous....;)