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FREE Art Lessons

We will begin by touching on various aspects of drawing: seeing with the artist’s eye, values, creativity, abstraction, armchair research and where to go from there. The goal is to encourage your artistic abilities. It will be a journey of discovery.

It is time for me to pass on what I have learned from my years as a lifelong painter and illustrator, because I have had a wonderful life doing what I love to do.

I have traveled the circuit as an artist, from traditional through impressionistic, from exploration of imaginative cosmic space to atmospheric-nautical with ink, paint, and pastel. In my late years I now use the computer as my art tool. I wrote, illustrated, and published my first book “Keeping Ahead of Winter” after I was eighty-years-old.

I taught oil painting at the San Mateo County Arts Council and taught drawing in my studio at the Twin Pines Art Center, in Belmont CA., now called 1870 Art Center. My work is in the permanent collection of the Peninsula Museum of Art.

Leonardo Da Vinci wrote, “The feeling is what guides you to reach out for the knowledge.”

You will need:
· A medium size drawing pad (if you are just starting to draw, buy a newsprint paper pad -- it is cheaper and you will be more relaxed)
· Number 2B, 4B and 6B drawing pencils
· A pocket knife
· Ruler
· Kneaded art eraser
· Charcoal or conte crayon optional
· An Emory board or a small piece of sandpaper stapled to a piece of wood to shape the point of your pencil
· A drawing board, or use plywood or Masonite
. Masking tape to hold your paper on the board
· Fixative to protect the drawing from smearing (hair spray will do the trick)

Art materials can be bought at your local art store or online at: Dick Blick http://www.dickblick.com/ or Daniel Smith http://www.danielsmith.com/

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Friday, April 4, 2008

About Ruth

My art training started in the commercial field in the heart of the 1926 depression. I freelanced and painted nursery rhyme pictures in modern dress and children’s portraits. In middle age I studied fine art under masters: John Howard Sanden, New York; Fred (Fredden) Goldberg, San Francisco; Carl Lundberg, De Young Museum; Neven Kempthorn and Martin Levin.

San Francisco, the city where I was born, touched my heart and it became a theme for many of my early traditional works. It is also woven into later paintings of different genres.

When outer space mysteries were being unraveled and plans were being made to go to the moon I let my imagination fly free, and that became my Cosmic Consciousness period.

As an admirer of Salvador Dali, I began to see concrete things in my free-form works and my paintings became Cosmic Surrealism, followed by a phase dubbed Atmospheric Nautical, drawn from my tropical travels. These paintings are watercolors, done with soft pastel like colors, a major departure from my oil and acrylic paintings.

While living aboard my boat in San Diego, California I shared an art studio with George Walker in the Spanish Village Art Center. Later when living in San Mateo, I became a charter member and studio holder in the Twin Pines Art Center, in Belmont, until we moved up the street and changed the name to 1870 Art Center.


Barbara Stone said...

what a great idea!

Ruth Silnes said...

Thanks for the comment. I'm really excited to be doing this!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful site, Ruth! And such an inspiration to get out there and do what you love.
The lesson is clear, and your writing interesting. I shall be looking forward to more blogs as well as your upcoming book.

Ruth said...

eldheni, thank you for your kind words. It makes me proud.