Greetings! I've had a lot of inquiries about my drawing classes lately and my usual procedure is to email a registration link and list of supplies. Then I would have students complete certain exercises upon first joining the group. However, I've found that at least the first two exercises can definitely be attempted without me around, in the comfort of your own home. So I've written them out and will share them here and in my next post.
I can't tell you how excited I am to share this news! Beginning June 5, 2017, the new group Figural Artists VB will meet every Monday evening, 6-9pm to develop our skills drawing and painting the human form. These sessions feature a live clothed model who will hold one pose for 3 hours, enabling artists of any skill level from beginner to pro to work at their own pace. (And don't worry, the model and artists all get breaks throughout the session!)
Chrysler Museum partnered with Hope House Foundation and created a Call to Artists earlier this month. The idea was to invite artists to submit proposals for an original work of art inspired by something in Chrysler's permanent collection. They selected fifteen artists who then completed the paintings and donated them to a fundraiser that will be held at the end of March.
As I mentioned in my last post, I was able to spend the day at the museum working a solid 4 hours on the Wounded Indian. I draw relatively slowly so it'll take me another trip or two before I finish. On my first trip I established the composition and proportions, and more or less finished his torso. Friday, I focused on getting his head and hair done. This is how far I got:
It is no secret how much I love the Chrysler Museum. I would spend my entire day, every day, wandering the collections and studying every work of art I could. I love the quiet echoes and changing sunlight of the courtyard. I love Wisteria Cafe's Earl Grey tea. I love their knowledgeable and friendly staff and volunteers. Most of all, I love the scope and the strength of the Chrysler's permanent collection, and the insight they bring with their rotating exhibits.
I'm very fortunate to have friends that take such beautiful photos. I personally have little interest in photography so it's fantastic to have talented people grant me permission to use their images from time to time.
I'll be honest. Life has been pretty tough lately. The holidays are always busier than I care for, although they were good. I was especially despondent over the losses of George Michael, Carrie Fisher, and Debbie Reynolds at the end of the year. What a year. It left me in a funk and I ended up skipping out on Drawing Night two weeks ago. On top of the holiday break - no classes to teach two weeks in a row - I hadn't picked up a pencil or charcoal in almost three weeks.