Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Drawing Issues!

Me, in action at a petite workshop last Sunday at Huff Harrington in Atlanta 
(thanks to Kathy Cousart for the photo)

This was the second "demo" I did on Sunday, from a photo of fellow painter Sandy Overton's granddaughter.  Well, it was obvious to me and all who attended that I hadn't been doing my nightly drawing for a while.  I had to state and "re-state," the angle of the arm with the watering can, the shape of the head, the hand, the skirt -- you name it!!  So, I am back at it: the nightly 5-minutes of drawing -- drawing my hand, my wine glass, Michael's profile, etc -- hoping to align my hand and mind to make life easier.  Drawing is a wonderful way to stay out of daily concerns, while focusing on the task at hand.

Reference Photo -- Reese at the Botanical Garden

My (somewhat) Quick Sketch of Reese, 12 x 9

“Drawing is the best way to meditate, while staying connected to the world around us.” Elsha Leventis

“Drawing is the basis of art.   A bad painter cannot draw.  But one who draws well can always paint.” Arshile Gorky

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Home is a Good Thing

Memories of Provence, 12 x 10

Morning Sketch of Gordes, 12 x 9

Sincerity, 16 x 12

Just returned from a great week in Colorado, attending my niece's wedding and having lots of fun with our kids and little grand kids too.   I must say, however, that there is no place like home -- I love being here to paint and to have time to get some ideas cooking.  Above are a couple of Provence plein air pieces and then a life study I did this week from the camellias in my yard.  I think that the contrast of being away most of the past month and the returning to routine makes each experience the better!