It seems whenever I sit down in a comfortable place to get some work done, my cat likes to join me. I don't mind it at all, except I'm very quickly distracted by this fur ball, and the work I intend to do gets dropped, replaced by some studies. I envy him for his ability [...]
This evening I was saddened by an email describing how bulldozers are moving in on the home of a rare species of Orangutans in Indonesia to make way for a new dam. It's terribly sad that in the name of progress, or more likely in the name of greed humans are trashing the refuge of [...]
It's Monday and with every Monday comes a long list of what has to get done. I decided it could all wait and instead sat outside sketching my cat and dog as they enjoyed the summer shade. Best start to a Monday I'd say.
It's -11C outside, -21C if you factor in the brisk wind, so that would make it a perfect day to go out and sketch - if you live in Inuvik. But considering I once use to do exactly that when I worked in Povunituk, today wasn't so bad after all....until I got out there. For sketch [...]
I've long given over the fight for my studio chair. So much so that he now enjoys a nice comfortable blanket. That's not to stop him from sitting on drawings or paintings. Many have been discarded with his signature muddy footprint. But such is the cost of the comfort of a cat.
My previous post on the Amaryllis mentioned that I was disastisfied with the the stems - that to me looked like celery stalks. That led me to study celery stalks. There is, I found, a beautiful gestural poetry to the poor lowly celery. The stalks aren't much to speak for, but the foliage is worthy [...]
It's not exactly looking out a window, but this little fellow is a regular every Christmas on the window sill in a small window just off the kitchen. So he got the first attention of the year. Always makes me happy to see him (her?). Kitsch but cute. Happy New Creative Year everyone!
I thought I would spend part of the day sketching the tree and some of the decorations around the house. I was interrupted doing the tree which I will return to. The ribbon and cedar rope over the door was fun. It reminded me of the filigree on the decorations in palaces and castles, albeit [...]
Thought I would sketch some things around the house on this last day of 2014.
One of the hardest things in teaching life drawing is convincing students of the value of gesture. Gesture drawing has a lot of confusing meanings and uses, everything from just loosening up to much more. The more can be defined as establishing the movement or pose of a subject or object as well as the [...]