Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Federation of Canadian Artist's
Limitless Exhibit
June 29 - September 30, 2015

End of Autumn - Graphite Pencil on Paper
$350 - Matted & Framed
After a long hiatus, I have started exhibiting again and I am happy to say that my piece, End of Autumn, was accepted in the juried show LIMITLESS the FCA's online exhibition and competition.

You can view the exhibition online in full at: http://artists.ca/show/limitless/0  there are some amazing pieces in the exhibit and it is a very diverse show.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Bargue Plate II, 23 A Roman Woman by Adolphe-William Bouguereau - Graphite Study

Graphite Pencil - Master Copy Study
I completed...well I think it is done....this study of Plate II, 23 which is a copy of a study of A Roman Woman by Adolphe-William Bouguereau (1825-1905).  It is not nearly as accurate as it should be but I was having so much fun that I just decided to let her be herself.  I will have to do the study again in the future and be more diligent.   I started this just prior to my drawing classes that I am teaching as a way to get back in the swing of drawing.

It had been awhile since I had the time to draw and draw just for pleasure and it was SO much fun.  I love painting but the more I paint and then go back to drawing the more I realize how much I really love drawing.  I plan to draw several more plates and master copies over the summer months.  I hope to have one on-going in the studio and just left on an easel so on days where I only have limited time, I can just pop in and get some art time in.  It is the best therapy out there and totally free! 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

So Proud of My Drawing Student

Hard at Work
I am so proud of my student's hard work! She is taking my Drawing From Life class and is working on a portrait that she will be giving away as a gift.  It is such a busy time of year yet she will be working every night this week to complete her portrait on time...while trying very hard not to rush!

Things really started to take shape tonight and I can't wait to see the final piece by the end of tomorrow night, nothing like working under a deadline to get you to maximum productivity level ;)

Friday, June 5, 2015

Suite E Life Drawing - Sustained Pose with Lily & AGM Tues June 9, 2015

Sustained Pose - Drawing of Lily
Well this Tues was the last drawing session with Suite E Life Drawing group until September, gasp...sob.  This is my effort from that session with a lot of shading work done at home, I am sooo slow!

There are several areas that I would have liked to improve but this method while hugely fun, is not one of speed, so this is as far as I got.  I would love to have sessions with the model where we do the same pose and model for two to four sessions to fully complete a drawing...perhaps something that the group can implement next season if others are interested?

If you would like to put add your voice, please join us for our AGM Tues June 9th at Port Moody Arts Center.  We are a non-profit Life Drawing Group and welcome new members and drop in artists and students.

You are welcome to become a member if you are not already as memebers decide on what things to keep or change to make annually to make our life drawing group even better year after year.  Come on out with ideas and an appy/desert as we will have a little pot luck party after the meeting.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Quick, Portable Shadow Boxes from Foam Core

Portable Shadow Box
I needed to come up with shadow boxes for my Drawing from Life class that are portable, have attached lighting, quick to set up & take down and reasonably cheap.  No small order! 

So shopping I went.  I had a several ideas of what I could use, cardboard boxes, black fabric bins...but in the end I decided to go with black foam core.    The boxes are made from four pieces of foam core cut to the same size, in this case roughly 13x14".  I then taped three pieces together along the longest sides, alternating the side that I taped on. 

This way the "boxes" fold flat like an accordion in seconds.  The third piece of foam core is the same size and sits on top.  I wanted to leave the top unattached to keep things portable but also, this way I can slide fabric over the back panel if I choose for different set ups.  The base is just black construction paper that I will cut to size. 

The reason I chose paper rather than foam core was to keep costs down but also this way students can trace their still life set up with white chalk so that the following week they can quickly set up their objects in the correct positions.

The light is a cheapo clip on LCD light from the dollar store but does the job.  If I had a set up that could stay set up I would invest in better lighting but as the room needs to be set up for each session, this will do. 

Well, that is one box down, 10 more to go.  So excited to try these out in class next Monday!