In just four more days – February 18 – we’ll be celebrating the year anniversary of becoming a family of four! It’s hard to believe that on this day a year ago we were walking the streets of Beijing and taking in the sights and sounds of China! The time has really flown and so much has happened! So many people helped us get to that adoption day and then continued to support us over the last year. It’s truly been a year of serious joy and strange challenges.
To mark this event with some art I decided to have a Studio Sale – and everything is going to be priced in multiples of 18 (February 18, multiples of 18… see what I did there?)
Anyway, stop over to the Etsy Shop to see what’s new over there. All the work will go back up to “normal” prices next month, so get some glorious imagery while you can!
Below are a few of the pieces you could be hanging in your place for next to nothing – click them to see their Etsy listing.
Lewis County, NY. Pastel on paper, 16.5 by 22 inches. 2013.
Untitled Pastel Workshop Demo. Pastel on paper, 30 by 22 inches. 2013.
Starting this month I will be periodically posting a new series of portraits, beginning with the one below. The title of this series, Becoming the Student, is based on my desire to be quieter and learn from others rather than be entirely bound up in my identity as an educator. In Becoming the Student, I hope to present thoughtful, dignified portraits and use the time while creating the works as an opportunity to learn from the people who sit for me. With each post I will include some observation, quote, or other tidbit of glory that the subject shared with me.
The one below was created in 3 hours or so at a portrait workshop I conducted at The Columbia Art League yesterday. Pictured is my friend (and fellow CAL instructor) Shalonda Farrow. I was struck by how often she used the word “love” (as in: “Thank you, love” or “Do you need any of this, love?”) during the session. In speaking to her friends, she’s always intentional about communicating care and awareness. Shalonda seemed like a perfect initial entry into the Becoming the Student series. Here’s to many more. And thanks to Shalonda and the ladies at CAL!
Shalonda, 13 by 11 inches, pastel on paper. 2013.
We’re halfway through another great semester of Color Drawing. Below are just a few examples of some of the standout work from this year. Click for higher res!
Danielle Wallace, Chalk pastel of reflections.
Emily Brewer, Oil pastel study of colored and fluid filled glass.
Emily Brewer, Oil pastel large arrangement of reflective and glass objects.
Jessica Bremehr, Colored pencil study of a lamp.
Jessica Bremehr, Oil pastel large arrangement of reflective and glass objects.
Jessica Bremehr, Chalk Pastel study of reflective surface.
Ginny Algier, Oil pastel large arrangement of reflective and glass objects.
Kevin Moreland, Chalk Pastel self portrait in a reflective surface.
Julie Bennett, Oil pastel large arrangement of reflective and glass objects.
Click HERE to see more of my posts on my Color Drawing class glory!
Glory in Color Drawing 2
Marcus, the Assistant, casts chroma
Null’s large drawing in anamorphic distortion
The array of shadows in Color Drawing 1
And another view…
The box, electric.
Did I mention that I love teaching Color Drawing? Epic, every semester. Stay tuned for good shots of current students’ works.
Every semester I have to make more posts about how awesome my Color Drawing classes are.
Above: Marissa Valentino’s amazing Colored Pencil drawing of a head from our group project.
Students assembling one of our large group drawings.
Hannah and Vincent hard at work on a final figure work for the course.
Emily Armstrong’s 44 by 30 inch figure drawing in progress on the easel. You can see our parachute stage setup there behind. We love that parachute!
Above and below: A selection of drawings from the second half of the semester we pulled out for a group crit – some in progress, others complete. Overall a great effort by my students this year!
India Watts working on her Matisse master study.
The final group project installed in one of the stairwells at the University of Missouri.
I’ve got another amazing group of Color Drawing 1 students this semester. Below I’ll highlight just a few of the many who’ve distinguished themselves this year. Please click on each to see them up close.
A work in colored pencil by Marissa Valentino. About 18 by 18 inches.
A drawing by Lirong Gong. Chalk pastel, 24 by 18 inches.
Megan Schaffer has an amazing sense of material handling. Her oil pastel work here is 30 inches by 22 inches – it’s just one of 4 or 5 that are really stellar.
Carly Kurka working the chromatic shadows, 18 by 24 inches, oil pastel.
Becca Wholey’s grid work fulfilled the project parameters expertly – 16 by 16 inches, colored pencil.
It’s been a privilege to work with these students – here’s hoping they continue on with me in Color Drawing 2!
Once again, my Beginning Color Drawing class at the University of Missouri has created a large work together as a capstone to the semester. Seeing these big drawings happen has been a very rewarding aspect of my teaching.
This one is obviously a copy of one of Chuck Close‘s self portraits. And below is how it looks from the hallway. Click on the images to see them in larger glory!
These are mostly fun, low-pressure way to create something unifying after spending the whole semester developing and practicing skills. I love this project. Click here and here to see some past efforts!
…you’ll end up having to draw something like this. Just saying…
As seen in Color Drawing, 2010. Click to enlarge.
Yes, it’s Beginning Color Drawing time again… Once again it’s been a great start to the semester. I feel pretty astounded at the talent of my Beginning Color students; even though they’ve all taken Drawing 1, and some have had other studio courses as well, they’re all making big strides. It’s fantastic work. Take a look:
Andrew Vincent “Grid #1” Chalk Pastel, 24 by 18 inches, 2011.
Melissa Hoefer “Grid #2 Colored Pencil, 18 by 18 inches, 2011.
Emily Armstrong “Two Colored Pencil Object Group Studies” Colored Pencil, 24 by 18 inches, 2011.
Lauren Roberts “Grid #1” Chalk Pastel, 18 by 24 inches, 2011.
Mitchell Baggett “Colored Pencil Object Group Study” Colored Pencil, 12 by 18 inches, 2011.
I know I’ll be posting more work from this group…