Friday, April 23, 2010

In The Artist's Magazine - May 2010

I want to thank The Artist's Magazine, and especially Chris McHugh and Meredith Lewis, for publishing a very nice article on my work in the May 2010 issue of The Artist's Magazine.  It's available now in bookstores and newsstands.  (I know it's only April. . .they've got their act together at TAM.)

Online Color Challenge - By Request

Try your hand at this visual puzzle from the color folks at x-rite.  See how many times it takes you to get a perfect score - it might be harder than you think.  This used to be posted on my old blog and it's back by request.  This is for you Jamie!

Friday, April 16, 2010

The Portrait Drawing - Charcoal

Here's another time-lapse video of a portrait drawing I completed recently. I used vine charcoal and charcoal pencils on a piece of paper toned with watercolors. A clean paint brush and paper towels (Bounty) were used to unify and/or blend the charcoal. Several erasers were also employed, the most useful for this drawing being the eraser pencil - a Faber-Castell Perfection 7056. (How can you go wrong when your tools are perfect? - and not only perfect. . . the 7056th iteration of perfection!!  Keep it up Faber-Castell.)

The music really makes the video. It is from David Tolk again - a very talented musician. "To the Limit" is the song. I hope you enjoy it.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Art Quotes . . . and a Painting

Uintah Lake
2010 • 20" x 30"
Oil on Linen

"All great art is the expression of man's delight in God's work, not his own."

     -John Ruskin (1819-1900)

"I say that good painters imitated nature; but that bad ones vomited it."
     -Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) in Exemplary Novels (1613)

"I tell you, the more I think, the more I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people."

     -Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890)

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Tuesday Morning

This is a video from a demo I did last Summer.  It is a figurative sketch of a great model, Beth, painted alla prima en plein air on a Tuesday Morning.  Thanks to Holly, Jeanette, and Lynn for making it happen, as well as Zeynep Baki, owner of the Hillsborough Winery, for hosting the event.

The song in the video is "Olinda Road", written by Barry Flanagan of the group HAPA. Their music is definitely worth checking out.  Several years ago I heard a snippet of one of their songs on NPR.  I emailed the program, found out the song was by HAPA, and have been enjoying their music ever since.  They were very kind to give their permission to use the music on this video.  I hope you like it.