Sunday, March 26, 2006

My WebSite

I'm so excited, My website is up and running and looks awesome. Your welcome to take a few minutes and check it out

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

The Plein air Painters of Chicago

The Plein air Painters of Chicago will be having their 2nd annual group exhibition this Friday night at the Palette & Chisel (1012 N. Dearborn) from 5:00 - 9:30pm.

Last years show was fantastic and this year proves to be the same with many more wonderful paintings of your favorite landmarks of Chicago as well as some new views of the more intimate neighborhoods in Chicago.

I will have three paintings in this show. Hope you can make it to this exciting event.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Here is a painting I did in early december. It started out with a little bit of line work but mostly coming in with masses. My goal was to get the color and temperature right. I really wanted to show the strength of the spot light. That was what really stood out to me on that particular day.

The color in the light may be a little washed out in the photo

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Drawing, Drawing and more Drawing!

I'm so excited about drawing. I used to be so intimidated by it, not that I am not continually humbled by drawings I see that are far more advanced then mine, but it used to really make me nervous. You know the feeling, whose watching me, will I make a fool of myself, just hoping your figure looks human, turning your page around on break so no one would see. Now I will admit I still turn the page around at times but its not so that others will not see my horribly failed attempt but rather to clear my head and just let that one go, ridding my thoughts of negative frustration so that I can move on and try again.

Another thing that brought all that anxiety when attempting to draw the figure was the fact that I simply was ignorant to what was going on up there. I know the same is true when drawing anything else, not limited to the figure, at least when drawing is applied to construction, perspective and such, not just contour work. So, thanks to the encouragement and instruction from a few friends and Instructor, a little push in the right direction and I am beginning to understand a little bit more. It has freed me from some of that anxiety and frustration. Believe me I am not there yet but I know things are beginning to make a lot more sense and its so exciting to make these discoveries and see progress.

The above photo is a few drawings done from life, they were no more then 2o min poses.