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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 19, 2008

Lesson #10

Color is energy -- it affects the human body, mind, and spirit. Size affects color and opposite colors will accent one another.

Check art supply catalogs to learn about the different mediums and decide whether you want to use colored pencils, crayon, watercolor, oil, or acrylic. Catalogs explain about the different mediums. You can also get good information by going to manufacturers of art materials on the Internet.

To paint in any medium you need to know something about color. Most of you are familiar with the color wheel. The basic colors in the color wheel are red, yellow and blue. If you mix red with yellow you get orange; yellow with blue you get green; blue with red and you will get purple. You can get by with using these few colors plus black and white.

It is good practice to mix the colors yourself, but it isn’t necessary.
Paint companies offer an abundance of beautiful colors, as well as a large quantity of fine paper with textures from slick hot-press to extreme roughness. Experiment with them to find the ones that are right for you.

Don’t let the lack of paper keep you from drawing, draw on anything -- a paper bag, newspaper, or a box. A wrinkled piece of paper may even provide an interesting surface.

It is easy to get enwrapped in what you are doing and forget to step away to see it at a distance. If you stand or lean against a high stool when painting, you will be more likely to step away often, to get a better perspective of your painting.

If an accidental mishap occurs, it may be your best friend. Take advantage of it and make adjustments with your intuitive feelings.

Frame your drawing with a mat to see how much better your picture will look.

In the event you are stuck for an idea, do something different -- read art magazines, a book; go for a walk; or revise older work. When you stop thinking about it, the solution will come to you.

Don’t belabor an idea -- keep reaching and experimenting. As the mind wanders, new theories are born. A color or sound, or a feeling may spur a thought.

I keep National Geographic Magazines in case I need to know how something looks that I have never seen.

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