As we say hello to 2016, let’s acknowledge and show respect to the many students who have worked so diligently in 2015. Here are some highlights from some of the drawing and painting classes last year. Thank you one and all! This is the first grouping of work: (Calling all students/if you see your work … More Student Works From 2015, Part 1
I have a collection of various bones from animals in my studio. Mostly found in the desert or given to me by friends. This project is of deer antlers that I found in the desert near Oracle, AZ some years ago. The drawing time is about 1 hour. The supplies used were black, white and … More Drawing antlers in black, white and sepia charcoal.
September – December course schedule is out! Click on this link for full class information and enrollment. Janis and her painting of Otis, for her son and his wife (Ben Aaron/news personality and Ginger Zee/Good Morning America Weather Anchor).
A final look at the first project in Introduction to Oil Painting: White Object. On the right is the finished study, 5 x 7 inches. The total number of color passes are 2, using neutralized ultramarine blue and burnt sienna.
Using a complementary color palette: the first method in which we bring in an additional color to affect the way color can change the value (darkness and light) of a single color. In this case, the chosen “dominant” color, that is the overall most important color of the still life. For this project, we are using … More Color Fundamentals/Pencil, 1.2
Working with color: understanding the dynamics of choosing harmonies, and working with layers. This sequence will focus on practicing in that arena. We’re back again, with another great group of new students working toward practicing their color drawing, using colored pencils. This is the first day of class, and we look carefully at the color … More Color Fundamentals/Pencil, 1.1
The next step in progressing with our black and white underpainting (grisaille) is to wait until the grisaille is dry to the touch, and then layer thinly (or “glaze”) a warm and cool “first color pass” overlay. This will effectively start to warm and cool the highlights as well as lighter warm areas, and all … More Intro to Oil 1.2
I’m starting with a brand new group of oil painters this Fall. Here’s their first lesson in creating a tonal underpainting for a classical study of a white object. We start the lessons using fairly monochromatic or colorless objects, to better see value and form, against a black background, which shows the contrast better. Notes … More Introduction to Oil Painting/1.1
In this next lesson, I used a harmony called a “split complement”. This consists of a key color (in this case red-violet) and it’s two split complements (yellow and green). Split complementary colors are one step to each side of a complementary color. When using this palette, there is more of a complexity in nuanced … More Color Fundamentals/Oil, 1.3
This is the second part of a color course I designed and teach at The Drawing Studio in Tucson, Arizona. I sequence lessons that cross reference media, and for the students, can build a solid core understanding of how to work with color. In this lesson, my pastel group is continuing their studies using a … More Color Fundamentals/Pastel, 2.1