Tuesday, February 23, 2010

New Painting

Here is a new painting that I have just finished.  This one is a slight shift from what I have been doing recently.  In this painting, I wanted to set up something a little more direct that had a little more of an immediate impact.

I felt I  needed to work with a broader value range in the composition.  For a while now I have been flattening the value range to hide the figure a bit and help develop a sense of mystery around it. To be more direct, I thought I would open open the range and included more areas of increased the detail on this one.


Thursday, February 18, 2010

Student Progress

I teach private drawing and painting lessons. I thought it might be fun to show a students progress.

To the left is the first project he did. It was the first assignment after the first lesson. This lesson is an introduction to the materials, and some basic drawing concepts. The exercise was to draw white object, such as a cup or a bowl, lit by a single light source.

The image to the right and below is a drawing exercise copying a portrait drawing.  This is the assignment we started on week 7 and finished on week 8. I am very pleased with the progress and excited to see more progress.


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Two Year Anniversary For the Blog

February marks the two year anniversary of this blog.  I started this blog while I was in school working on a MFA in painting. My wife suggested I do that for my school journal, as a way to talk about the lessons I learned, the ideas I was working on, and the challenges in my work. I thought I would try it and found that I like blogging.  After graduating, I have mostly been using this as a venue for announcements and to show images of new work.

This next year I plan to do more of what I originally did when I started this and open up the range of content a bit more again. To me, this is more interesting than just image updates and announcements.

Thank you to all those who read and follow this blog.


Sunday, February 14, 2010

For Shannon

For my wife. Happy Valentine's Day. I love you more then I ever could have imagined.