July 29, 2015

lines | drawing: figure & meaning SIS II '15

In Lexie's first drawing, she only uses a heavy contour, and then in a one-minute drawing, she does not know what to do. So the first lesson is to experiment, and become familiar with the charcoal. 

The side and the tip are addressed, and with enough practice her line variations become standard. 

By the last week of class, Lexie eases up on the pressure, and shows her sensitive touch. Here values are emphasized, and contour lines play a decidedly minor role. Even the model's hand, drawn at the bottom of the paper, is so light as to not distract from the focus. 

July 19, 2015

adding character | drawing: figure & meaning SIS II '15

When Rivala plays with marks on the paper, not only do her figures show her energy, by the second week, she imbues them with personality. 

First ten minute drawing
First one minute drawing

The first week of gesture drawing

The second week of after lessons on clothing, portraiture, and composition


July 09, 2015

the first week | drawing: figure & meaning SIS II '15

Intensives are just that - intense! On Monday afternoon, Rama did a 10 minute drawing and then a one minute gesture. As you can see, she never had any life drawing. Instruction started on Tuesday morning, and by Thursday afternoon a figure study was going into her portfolio.

Rama's first gesture drawing
Rama's first drawing

A gesture drawing in ink

After a class on contour and then values

July 01, 2015

quote for the start of a summer intensive

Henri Matisse, in an interview with Pierre Courthion, recounted a central aspect of his trips to Morocco, saying "at Tangier ... I worked, always pursuing the same goal, that's to say, basically, the search for myself through the probing of various motifs."    Jack Cowart, Matisse's Moroccan Sketchbooks and Drawings: Self-discovery through Various Motifs, from the book Matisse In Morocco, The Paintings & Drawings 1912-1913


June 23, 2015

wet on wet oil painting basics | SIS I Painting '15

Whether you begin with thin washes of color, or work directly on a white canvas, use no more than one or two brush strokes. Any more and you will be mixing colors on your canvas, and lowering their intensity. Stay conscious of what you are doing. If the temptation is there to blend, stand back and first count to ten. Keep a rag handy and wipe the excess paint off your brush. Good habits will keep your colors clean. 





June 10, 2015

the first week | SIS I Painting '15

The class begins with drawing. After a lesson on perspective, composition, and values, notice the difference in Jimin's drawing, from the morning to the afternoon session. Her composition fills the page, and by toning the paper she is better able to understand values.  


Oil painting starts with a similar process. A wash of color tones the canvas, and a rag, dipped in Gamsol, brings out the light, while paint straight from the tube is the darkest value.


Learning to mix colors, keeping them clean, not overworking the brush, and slathering on the paint - like butter - is a challenge for everyone. 


May 27, 2015

start of the new semester quote

"At Tangier... I worked, always purusing the same goal, that's to say, basically, the search for myself through the probing of various motifs." 

Henri Matisse, From the book Matisse In Morocco, The Paintings & Drawings 1912-1913
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