Friday, October 24, 2008

Bears!



One of my drawing students loves to draw dogs (she lives with six of them) and aspires to write a children's book. This morning, I set up two still lifes with bears. One, a polar bear propped on an ancient bottle of Canada Dry ginger ale, the other a couple of brown teddy bears. We concentrated on large, charcoal drawing on 18" x 24" sheets to loosen up the drawing limbs and gain a bit different perspective. These are two demo sketches of mine made in a minute each on ratty newsprint to illustrate an approach.



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Monday, October 13, 2008

Walnut Tops



There really are some leaves still dangling from these walnut trees, but not many. Mostly nuts. And when they fall, they fall without warning and have a cascade effect on each other. There's one tree dropping in my yard. If one walnut hit Tallulah, it might kill her. Gosh, if one fell on my head, I'd be knocked out. Neighbor discovered in yard after being knocked unconscious by a walnut. But I digress...

I (obviously) edited the remaining leaves for this little line drawing.

Say, does anyone remember seeing an early Dick van Dyke show episode with Danny Thomas as a guest star? Danny Thomas was really an alien from another planet where all the inhabitants looked like walnuts. At the end of what turned out to be a dream, Dick van Dyke opened the coat closet door and Danny Thomas fell out with a ton of walnuts spilling out of the closet, over Dick van Dyke, into the foyer. Unforgettable. What did those writers have for lunch that day?

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Alstromeria



One of my drawing class sessions centers on looking at flowers in glass vases. This session, we had Alstromeria and poke weed for models.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Balustrade



Very unfinished, massively interrupted process but, hey!, I was teaching. Still, I love the balustrade on the side porch of the mansion and what lies beyond...

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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Thumbnail Fun



More from the Cheekwood Japanese Garden. Here are a few thumbnails I made to give the group an idea on composition and value.

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Monday, October 6, 2008

Garden Slope



I've been meaning to post some sketches from my Cheekwood drawing class. I usually do a very quick demo or draw along with my students in a mad, distracted and often interrupted way. But sometimes the results are fun.

This one is of the slope in the Japanese Garden. I've posted other drawings here from that location - a favorite stop for each session - including the bamboo gate, one of the stone lanterns and some trees at the edge of the garden.

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