Oct 26, 2014
This is a new project which resulted from a class at ESSA (Eureka Springs School of the Arts). Taught by James Rather (www.ratheruniqueart.com) of Bella Vista, Arkansas. I'll quote from his introduction to the class. "I work in ink, without preliminary drawings and usually without even a definitive idea in mind. I allow the unfolding design to tell me what I am drawing. Feeling, rather than intent guides the hand. I am always surprised by what develops, and the work is always open to interpretation, although I do title my finished drawings."
Used as a cathartic pastime people began to request various pieces and he has received a wider viewing and increased interest.This was his first teaching class and was very enjoyable.
So, using his techniques, the above drawing came about in an 1 or 1 1/2 worth of effort and didn't appear until the last line was added. I call it VESPA because to me it looks like a Vespa Motor scooter. What does it look like to you?
Jul 31, 2014
This was the Colored Pencil Magazine Challenge for July 2014. It was lot of fun and pushed me to think about hot to sequence the colors to get to the transparency of the wings. I have been busy working on different techniques lately and even just finished a three day class in oils portraits from John Willer who is a well known and prolific artist here in the Eureka Springs area. Talk about pushing my envelope having never done any oil painting it was pretty daunting but I survived and learned a lot. Especially that I don't want to be a commissioned portrait painter!!!!! :-)
Jun 17, 2014
This was the June challenge for the Colored Pencil Mag web site. The picture was a color photo of a selection of memorabilia from the past with a lean towards Father's Day. I decided to do selected parts of the photo and to do it in sepia. Turned out fair should have had a more greenish tint to the photo I think.
Apr 23, 2014
Have found a new drawing competition at Colored Pencil Magazine site. Each month they will post a photo and using colored pencils draw and then submit your rendition of the photo. This is a lot of fun. You get feedback and there are even prizes, discounts on supplies etc etc. Check them out. This is my take on this months photo titled "Boat on the Water". You do have to join Flicker in order to play but it is another place to get your art out to the public.
Feb 9, 2014
Jan 26, 2014
Yes I know I have been off the site for a long time. But with the holidays I was just too busy to get anything else done. So, New Years resolution: I will post at least once a month.
A big deal here in Eureka Springs this month was the first annual Independent Film Festival. It was a great success, lots of entries, a wide variety of subjects and film makers. Looks like it will be a fine addition to things going on the ES. This is the FB page for the festival. www.facebook.com/eurekaspringsfilm.