Sunday, April 30, 2006

Plein Air Study 4/29

Here is a study I did while out with William Wray.
He helped me with a few tricks, but said it was a successful study.
I throughly enjoyed the area. I was underneath a bridge and next to a major street, so the noise made it difficult to hear my mentor. Yet the habitat that has been created in the river is beautiful. If I looked upstream, there were ducks and water birds. Trees rooted in the concrete river bed, and who know what else lurked below us. The tags were eliminated from my drawings, as it is something that I do not find appropriate to advertise. There also is a path along the river and many folks were walking back from the market, or a few homeless were coming out of the darker areas, to walk to there next destination. I did not find any of it disturbing as they did not try to engage me. A nod or a smile was all that was exchanged.
It was a perfect morning, ending in a breaking of bread together at a small restaurant in Chinatown. The chicken noodle soup was simply delicious. Then we all finished the day next door at William's frame shop. He highly recommends The Framing House Design, and it appears that they do reasonable work.
Now, to just be able to push past the study stage onto finished work. I guess that would mean that I need to practice more.
Tuesday is another day.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

On The Calendar

This is where I am going painting on Saturday.
The photos that William sent, have me packed and ready. I am so counting on a clear day. This is why we have a concrete river through L.A. It is for all of the artists that appreciate urban settings. I find the places we travel to, so graphic. I want to make folks stop and realize the wonder in the everyday. The grace of a concrete column, and the beauty of a shadow.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Fifth Anniversary

Yesterday was the fifth anniversary of my plein air painting.
I mean, it was the fifth time I have been out painting.
I think it just might make both of my instructors scream.
I didn't use a knife, and I didn't begin on the 1st one (right side), with 3 values.
Sometimes I just need to experiment, to know "why" I need to listen to my mentors.
Began painting plein air, and with oils, in February. I won't beat myself up yet.
9 x 12 canvas board


Now this is the way to devour dessert.
WDT for WetCanvas! ...thanks JayD, it tasted good.
colored pencil in my 5x8 moleskine

Monday, April 24, 2006

Califonia Sunshine

Shhhh.... this is a surprise, and it is being sent very far away.
2.5x3.5 colored pencil on Stonehenge

Sunday, April 23, 2006


"Bad art is indeed worse than no art at all"
Oscar Wilde

"Truth exists. Only falsehood has to be invented"
George Braque

"A work of art is not a matter of thinking beautiful thoughts or experiencing tender emotions (though these are its raw materials), but of intelligence, skill, taste, proportion, knowledge, discipline and industry; especially discipline."
Evelyn Waugh

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Winslow Homer Study

Having studied Industrial Design, I never took the time to study any work by past artists. I had the opportunity and to do a small 5"x8" study of Mending the Nets by Winslow Homer today.
I have been discussing with myself (silently I must tell you), the need to educate myself in the art of composition. This is also training that was glazed over in my commercial design education. I believe I have good basic instincts, (wasn't that a movie?), but I have decided that this will be my next area of personal artistic development. I will see if it works to keep notes here to refer back to occasionally. I hate to get hung up on the art of blogging, but it might be a great way to reference artists that are successful in the fundamentals of composition.
This is Judi's Drawing Challenge of the Week, on Wet Canvas.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006


1. A first - still life done in color class with a palette knife. A lesson to take time to set up your composition. This is too large to scan, but I have cropped it to give the best view possible.

2. I am told this was a difficult study but I am pleased with the results. Done in my color class taught by Mary Winterfield
at Art Center College of Design. A lesson in shadows.

3 & 4. Outdoor studies for my final project in color class.
An advanced block study.

It is not true...

Bad "things" do not come in threes. It can be fours, or....

After rushing to make a flight to N.Y., I forgot my sketching supplies at home. So after the symptoms of withdrawal, I broke down and found a trusty Barnes & Noble, and purchased a Moleskine sketchbook. Luckily I had a cheapo mechanical pencil bouncing around in my bag, and it slid across the paper. I christened the book while at a upscale restaurant called ....del Arte'. Very fitting. Since I have been leary of drawing people, I have decided that I would simply jump in whenever possible. Just Do It! Those hypnotized by their computer screens are great subjects, oblivious to reality. Also being victim to airline seatbelts, it gives much needed solitude to sketch... the everyday items, travel channel subjects, TV personnel, and flight attendants. Five hours simply "flew" by.

Thank you all for your support!

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

ER - 8 hours!

It isn't as glamourous as they make it out to be in Hollywood.
I insisted that Jerry get his head scanned, but now I am told by Rosie (who is a nurse), that it would be a good idea to get a MRI done. He is dizzy when he lays down, is getting headaches, and downright feels miserable. He has a fracture, and a chip missing in his left arm. Not the dominant hand, but still a necessity to function well.
Jerry, did point out that 21 year prior, I was in the hospital. Yesterday was David's 21st B-Day and I haven't had a moment to even find him long enough to give him a hug. I can practically remember every step of the way, a year ago.
Focus on today and healing. We were taken care of, but really...
...8 hrs?
Rebecca in to Urgent-care on Thursday, Mom to ER on Thursday night, Jerry on Sunday and again on Tuesday. Is this a record? Well... I am done. No more surprises for a while.
This is how I spent the time:

Monday, April 03, 2006


"If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change."

-Mahatma Gandhi

Sunday, April 02, 2006


...waiting .... more waiting.....
1. Rebecca's collarbone needed to be x-rayed to be sure it wasn't dislocated. So is this what we have in store for us. Are double and triple jumps worth this?

2. Mom was taken to the ER. She fell twice, and continues to be dizzy. More tests are needed. In the meantime she is black and blue and thinks this is "for the birds"

3. Jerry took a spill on his bike. A very young biker, turned into his path and Jerry went over the handlebars. Of course my husband, is too "sure of himself" to wear a helmet, so he hit his head, and shoulder. The little boy is OK.

Please...can this be enough for a while.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Weekend Drawing

Plein Air was cancelled... I think I will go to the sketchcrawl tomorrow. I don't feel well when I am not creative. So for today, I needed to do the WC weekend drawing thread. It was done in my sketchbook, with a mechanical pencil, because I can't find my clutch. I allowed one hour, but called it quits after 1.5 hrs.

A great day for a sketchcrawl. However I think I did more talking than drawing today.
Why do I not spend more time at the Huntington Gardens. It is right in my backyard practically. That is what I will do come Sept. My right of passage will be, a membership, and a weekly visit. For now, I need to get over to Descanso, at least twice a month.
Here is our April group.


I am teaching a class on WetCanvas! about perspective. It has created an internal dialog with myself as to the importance of this subject. I realize how important precision is, and how you can take precision down a notch, and create very clean precise sketches, but you can never turn it the other way. Without the discipline of learning the basics, it will always show. Yes, one can copy pretty pictures, but an artist is never free until they are able to look at life, and create what God and man have provided, in a two dimensional format.
Now what was my perspective teachers name? Mr. Brewer
I think he deserves a Thank You.

Great List (I love lists)

how to... (by Keri Smith)

How To Feel Miserable as an Artist
(or, what not to do, underline any that currently apply)

1. Constantly compare yourself to other artists.
2. Talk to your family about what you do and expect them to cheer you on.
3. Base the success of your entire career on one project.
4. Stick with what you know.
5. Undervalue your expertise.
6. Let money dictate what you do.
7. Bow to societal pressures.
8. Only do work that your family would love.
9. Do whatever the client/customer/gallery owner/patron/investor asks.
10 Set unachievable/overwhelming goals. To be accomplished by tomorrow.