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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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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Lesson #3

The simple study of perspective is meant only to be a guide in a way artists see. If you are advanced and want to do complex, detailed work, check the library or Dover Publications on the Internet at: http://store.doverpublication.com/by-subject-art.htm.

The following is a way of seeing. Objects close to you will look larger and darker and in more detail than those in the distance.

All vertical lines are perpendicular to the horizon line (sometimes called the line of sight.)

Eye level is the height at which your eyes observe an object; sit and you will see the bottom of an object, stand and you will see the top.

Pictures need a horizon line (line of sight at which your eyes observe an object) it is best to have it either above or below the center of the picture.

VP stands for vanishing point.

If you don’t have all the materials I recommended, draw anyway with whatever you have. When I want to draw I will draw on scraps of paper, or even on a newspaper, and with any kind of pen or pencil.

Besides the drawing of pictures, drawing is useful in most business: science, architecture, mechanics, plotting, designing, geology, graphics and charting to name a few.

My doctor was trying to explain a problem I had that I didn’t comprehend. She drew a picture and it clarified my understanding.

The perspective drawing shows telephone poles and railroad tracks.
Use cheap paper to do these training exercises.

These guidelines are to help you see simple forms that can be used to develop more complicated detail. They are the beginning of drawing -- like learning the alphabet.

In time your eye will be trained and you will be able to picture in your mind the guidelines.

Free hand perspective drawings are done on scraps of yellow paper.

Keep practicing strokes. Relax and let your lines flow.

You don’t have to start out drawing the Grand Canyon -- a weed in the sidewalk will do.

It is important to draw what you see and discard what your intellect tells you it should be. Trust your eyes more than your brain.

Try to practice an hour or more every day.

Enjoy what you are doing and let me hear from you so I will know what your interests are.

For the next lesson you will need tracing paper. If it’s not available you can use tissue paper.


barbara_stone_99@yahoo.com said...

Thank you so much for the great tips!

Ruth Silnes said...

Thank you Barbara. Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

Good job. I am on my way to being an artist!!


Ruth Silnes said...

Joanne, welcome. I'm pleased you are joining us.