Friday, May 29, 2015

Monday Night Drawing Class Supplies

Drawing Class Supplies
Look at all the goodies I got from Colour's Artist Supplies!  I love shopping for art supplies, any art supplies and I especially love shopping at Colour's.  Everyone there is so helpful and really passionate about art so we always get chatting about or latest projects.  Laury makes my life as a teacher so much easier as she organized and rounds everythign up for me so I can just come in and pick everything up.  They even offered to cut up my full sheets of drawing paper for me and practically gift wrapped it :)

These supplies are for my lucky students that signed up for my Drawing From Life class that starts June 1.  The black foam core sheets are not technically part of the supplies as I bought those for me..for what you ask?  You will have to wait to see, so excited to "build" with them.

There are two days left (I never count the day I am on ;)) and two spots left so if you would like to join us, you can sign up using  online registration or call (604) 931-2008. 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

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How Can I Improve My Paintings?

Drawing Classes Starting June 1
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I get asked this at pretty much every class that I teach.  My answer is always, draw, draw, draw.  Yes, I know, I have heard that a zillion times, but the fact is, it really is true.

If you can not draw it, imagine how much harder it is to paint it when you are dealing with drawing (proportionsa and form modeling) as well as color and paint handling.

For years I did not do thumbnail sketches and pencil studies prior to starting a painting as I was so anxious to dive in and hey, I only have a few hours here and there to get stuff done.  I would use a grid to draw out a reasonably quick outline sketch of my subject and then it was on to the paint.

Without fail though, I would struggle so much during the painting process, unsure as to what I was really seeing.  The painting, more often than not, turned out ok in the end, but it was always such a struggle and I did not feel like I was improving nearly as quickly as I felt I should be.

So I broke down and thought, ok, I will try doing a decent sketch first, working out all the values (lights and darks) and really getting a firm handle on how the light was affecting my subject prior to even thinking about painting.

As it turns out, I love working this way, it is a luxury I thought I could not "afford" time wise.  I fully enjoy the drawing process which usually does not take long.  This way I have a fully rendered sketch to work from as well as the photo or subject from life. Then, once I move onto paint, I am so aware of every nook & cranny of my subject, that all I really need to deal with is color and paint handling. Yeah, just that ;) 

But I have worked out most of the form and composition issues so the painting process has become much less of a struggle and more of a pleasure.  In the end, I also spend less time on a painting, including the drawing time.  Go figure, those teachers that told me to draw more time and time again really knew what they were talking about :)

If you would like to draw with me, I have a drawing class starting June 1, 2015 please register online registration or call (604) 931-2008 for more information.  We will use several time tested methods to progress from drawing a 2 dimensional image accurately and then progress to drawing a three dimensional object from life using casts and still life objects.

No experience necessary. All professional quality supplies included and are to take home at the end of the class. Please register early as registration closes prior to start date.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Suite E Life Drawing Session - Sustained Pose with Caitlin

Portrait of Caitlin from Life Session
So sad that there are only a few sessions left for the season, I am going to miss it!  Last night was a sustained session with Caitlin, one of my favourite models.  She is amazingly still and oozes grace, very inspirational.

I would have loved even just another 15 minutes, of course there is never enough time and I barely got the darker values in her hair started and time was up.  It is funny because I used to draw much faster, but of course then I would get to the end of the night and notice an eye sliding off, slow is definitely better.

Today I started another drawing from life from one of the images from my beloved Charles Bargue Drawing book which I am slowly working my way through.  This book will keep me busy for so many years to come. 

I plan to do a drawing a day to get my drawing chops in shape for my upcoming class  Drawing From Life for the Beginner  at Port Moody Art Center starting June 1.  There are still a few spots left if you would like to join me you can register at if you are interested.  Please register early as registration closes prior to start date of class.