Thursday, June 23, 2011

Pawleys Island

My dad likes to go fishing first thing in the morning on the creek at the beach, so I joined him in the boat and did a few watercolor studies. With the tide coming in, we were never stationary, so taking in the landscape and its colors quickly was a fun and trying exercise.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Palmetto State

Spending the week in my native state of South Carolina, I'm working on a silver point drawing of a palmetto tree. I prepared the surface of the illustration board with acrylic gesso and tinted white gouache watercolor. It seems to be taking the silver well.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Studio Incamminati, here I come!

I was thrilled to find out recently that I won the drawing at the PSA conference for a free workshop at the acclaimed school. So, I'm headed to Philadelphia next week for Robin Frey's workshop on painting the figure in oil. I've been trying to do some quick color exercises to get ready.


Here is a commissioned portrait drawing in progress. She originally had a coat on with a wild black and white pattern. Her family asked that I remove the pattern. It could work with this cape/shawl-like look, but I may try the collar. Such a lovely woman. The photo I am working from was taken on her 90th birthday.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

OCAF promotion at Earthfare

Yesterday, I demonstrated with a cast drawing for Saturday shoppers at Earthfare. Along with the director and another teacher, we were working to increase awareness of the artistic opportunities in Athens and Watkinsville. Hopefully, we'll get a few new members and class sign ups from our efforts. I'll finish my drawing in the studio.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Summer art camp

This week was my art camp for teens at OCAF.  I gave students a taste of the still life, portraiture and landscape. It was fun challenge to try to introduce new concepts, while keeping the young artists entertained and their work reflecting their personal interests. Above the group is pictured with our collaborative landscape of the view out of the classroom window. We had done thumbnails outside before it got too hot!