Open House + Demo
Connect with the world and experience life.
A creative adventure; a new class via on-line. So great to teach landscape (design) drawing + painting and to reach out to many. Take a look at the preview + sign up.
The landscape is a gentle way of exploring the elements that are integral to making meaningful work: line, value, color, shape, edges, composition.
In this 6-lesson class, we will use our study of landscape to work at finding our unique mark, learning and reinforcing design concepts, drawing with intent, and simplifying.
So lucky to find this gem; a sketchbook handed to me by a wonderful antique store owner this past Spring in southern France. It is dated 1912 and I can not quite make out the signature.
An amazing record of time and place, for sure. A souvenir I will hold deep in my heart.
Keep those sketchbooks filled with all the ‘evidence’ you can muster, each and everyday.
‘Gathering Evidence’ as a title for my up coming show came easy for me. Being a visitor to another country this past Fall in Italy and France was such an amazing opportunity to do just that; gather. Whether on a train, catching a taxi or sitting in a wonderful cafe, one gathers and absorbs; enjoying a keen awareness of the magic around you.
This experience is so valuable and yes, comes back ‘tenfold‘ to you in studio. Perhaps my show expresses this magic in bold ways, some subtle and personal too.
I was there and I remember.
Working with a subject that I found in two different locations; one on Highway 20 near Gold bar, the other in the amazing (up and coming) small town of Tieton, Wa. A discovery of these disparate parts; creating a process that kept carrying me through an enjoyable process. Where I began, where I ended had to do with working the key design elements, the tools of the artist.
Shape: pattern, form, mass, object, subject matter
Value: light and dark, tone and tint
Space: the illusion of three dimensional depth and two dimensional flatness
Edges: blurred and sharp, lost and found
Color: hue, intensity, temperature
Texture: surface variation
Line: mark making, drawing
And as I worked, design principles became the organizing aesthetic ideas that guided my use of elements in a work of art:
Dominance: emphasis, focal point
Movement: rhythm, direction, gesture, transition, intervals
Variety: contrast, conflict, tension, size
Unity: harmony, balance
By no means is this process scripted. However, my ‘final’ outcomes did get me where I wanted to land.
Getting ready for an up-coming show: ‘passages‘.
This afternoon was all about letting the ideas come out on paper; all the evocative notions flowing.
No toil, just flow; the way it should be.
Simplification and execution next, stay tuned.
Skagit Valley, Washington: views with a charcoal and paper; plein air.
value + shape + texture + line + edges + space = powerful expressive works.
“Sure, it’s a bird theme, but much more. Again, stay tuned.”
my last words from ‘a purposeful direction.’ (a previous blog)
From these birds, images of inspiration came. Into the sketchbook; graphite scratches and a ‘road map’ as a result.
Following a lead, a theme, a direction with possibility; ingredients for good design.
‘An unwavering intensity of engagement is always evident in a successful body of work.’
monotype with pastel.
watercolor and pastel.
one in the same concept/compostion.
A resolution of idea; quiet works, resolve; a definition and outline of intention.