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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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Friday, August 22, 2008

Lesson #7

It is time to review the lessons from the beginning before continuing. Good draftsmanship is necessary to becoming a good artist no matter what medium you use. As long as you make the effort to draw, you are an artist.

You can learn to draw well by drawing. Be wise -- plan on drawing at least an hour a day and take your pencil and drawing pad with you wherever you go.

Notice the activity in the illustration above -- it is artists I worked with as we turned a derelict building into workspaces.

You will find it stimulating to get together with other artists by joining art clubs, painting outdoors with friends or finding studio space. If you are homebound, set up work-space, no matter how small in order to have the materials you work with ready at all times. Before I had a studio, I took a corner of the living room to work and I have seen an artist make a workspace (she called it her studio) in a small closet, even though she had to sit outside the door to work.

Don’t tell me you don’t have room. While I was living in a boat I kept my artist’s materials in a box that had an easel. I had to prepare for an art show so I confiscated the bow room to store my oil paintings until they dried. Later, in a smaller boat, I turned to painting with watercolors, and since they are done on paper I was able to store my paintings under the mattress.

Gj asked: “Who are the artists that did the paintings in your blog? I love them.”
Answer: “Thank you for asking Gj. I did the paintings in the different genres over many years. I started studying fine art in 1954. Before then I worked at commercial art. Yes, I’m now very old -- 93 to be exact --well, young old.”


Next lesson we will work on drawing facial features.


Keep up the good work.


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