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Freshmen Drawing 2017

November 17th, 2017

Only three classes left in my drawing class this semester! WOW – how did that happen?

image of students deawing

Drawing class-Color

November 18th, 2016

One of my favorite exercises I have my drawing students do is to draw/paint with watercolors a set up of white objects with colored gels on the lights. It adds to the study and observation of values, helping to train their eye to see what they see and not what they think they know is there. It’s also pretty and a bit dramatic.

Color setup
Color set up for my drawing class at philadelphia University.

Drawing 101

September 2nd, 2016

School has begun…

First week of drawing class
Different styles of working…

Starting with intense observation, looking, questioning, comparing… To me seeing is the first step in drawing.

Drawing a shell
Drawing a shell

I love how this student decided to prop up her object!

Sketching supplies ready to go!

August 29th, 2015

I was showing my students my small bag I keep at the ready to take on a hike or quick car trip for sketching/watercolors and thought I’d share it here. This is the minimum I take. (I’ve taken this on planes to work in my sketchbook on long flights—have to remove sharp objects and water…) I can grab a larger brush or two, larger sketchbook or watercolor pad if I feel I’ll need them but I’ve spent many happy times with these few supplies.

From top left: extra mixing pan, simplest box of paints, water container with folded paper towels to wrap around it (keeps any drips dry and gives a supply of paper), and small watercolor blocks. Bottom row: folding brushes plus a slightly larger but short one, magnifying glass, variety of pencils and micron pens, kneaded eraser in small tin to keep it free of lint etc, and misc items ’cause, you never know. They include small post-its, scotch tape, small straight edge, good scissors, and several knives.

Some of these things are faves that mean a lot to me. The water container I’ve had from a paint set when I was 10 years old, the magnifying glass belonged to my grandfather and the straight edge to my father-in-law. The brushes were an investment, but I’ve had them for years and they are like new. The rest can be found in most art supply stores.


Watercolor supplies for a day hike.

They fit in a little bag that I think came from REI years ago – don’t know if they still have it. It also holds my cell phone, has a clip for car keys and pockets for ID etc. It all zips securely and slips around my neck, freeing both hands for hiking as our hikes always seem to entail climbing over rocks. I will often add a sun visor to hang on the strap.

Full watercolor bag
Small bag for supplies.

If I need more, I can just slip this into another bag or back pack with my folding stool, water bottle, extra supplies and bug spray!

iPhone Croquis

May 27th, 2015

When I teach figure drawing I work with each student but then leave them alone a bit to let them concentrate without my wandering the room. One day as they were working on croquis, I did some sketching of my own – on my iPhone – with my finger! Used Sketchbook Pro app. Bit of model, bit of students – Results were crying out to be put to use…

Croquis Pattern
Drawn on iPhone

Last night I joined a group on Tuesday evening who draw with a life model. This group concentrates on croquis for 3 hours. I will say I do like working with charcoal better! But this was fun and made the point that not having a sketchbook with one is no reason for not sketching… they ALWAYS have their phones with them!

Been a while

October 25th, 2014

It’s been a while. Been busy with teaching, still working on my little boats woodcuts, been painting, studying with Paul DuSold, last Sun near New Hope and today and tomorrow in the Wissahickon. Beautiful fall days – so much to learn.

I sold the print I had on display in Finland. very exciting. Took awhile to figure the international finance involved in having payment from Finland end up in my bank. Paypal to the rescue!

Been drawing in charcoal – I’m having my students learn to draw with charcoal and it got me going. I having much fun with it!

Charcoal tools
Charcoal Tools!