Posts Tagged ‘colored pencil’

I Am Still Here

August 19, 2014
Practice Drawings from an All-Day Workshop during Teacher Inservice

Practice Drawings from an All-Day Workshop during Teacher Inservice

He is the rich man and enjoys the fruits of riches, who, summer and winter forever, can find delight in the contemplation of his soul.

Henry David Thoreau, Journal, December 26, 1841

In the quiet of this night I finally reach out to my WordPress, Twitter and facebook friends.  My last post was over two weeks ago, as I was preparing to leave on a two-week vacation, not wishing to advertise that my residence was uninhabited. During that space, I have drafted a number of blog posts, but am still editing them, not wishing to publish a pile of crude first drafts. I cannot express my deepfelt gratitude for the two-week sojourn in Missouri and the visits with family and friends from long ago. The relaxation and repose were qualitatively unexplainable–no deadlines, no appointments, no alarm clocks, just rest. My whole world slowed down considerably.

As I write this, I am nearly halfway through a week of mandatory Inservice meetings provided by my school district.  I wish I could write that they have presented quality instruction and inspiration, but I try to keep my blog honest.  But I will say, without reservation, that today’s all-day workshop in colored-pencil drawing was one of the finest I have ever attended, and I cannot sufficiently praise the high school instructor who led this–Ryan Willingham of Arlington High School.  This man is a master draftsman and even better communicator and demonstrator.  His work throughout the day made me want to quit my job and spend entire days, weeks, months in the studio, attempting to get better in drawing skills.  In this, I do not exaggerate. Above, I posted my own attempts, and though I obtained permission to photograph his work, I didn’t think to ask permission to publish his, so I will not.  But if I did, my work in the photo above would certainly diminish.  I have spent hours this evening, poring over the photos I took of his demonstration drawings created this day before our delighted eyes.  Wow. What a day, and what an artist!

Tomorrow begins the first day of the semester at Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, and with it, the launch of my first ever online course in Logic.  Naturally, I feel jitters waiting to see how this is going to play out.  And then Monday begins the first day of high school, with my courses in Advanced Placement and Regular Art History, Philosophy and AVID.  AVID will be a new experience for me, as will the college online arena.  I only hope to retain sanity and a measure of success in those new endeavors.

More art will be posted in the future.  I did engage in some plein air watercolor activity during my vacation, dashing out two small studies, and I have nearly finished that large Fort Worth Scat Jazz Lounge watercolor as well.  Oh–and I finished reading Moby Dick–WOW!!!! More on that later as well.

Thanks for reading.

I paint in order to remember.

I journal when I feel alone (and did a ton of that over the past weeks)

I blog to remind myself that I am not alone.


Lavender Evening, February 2, 2010

February 2, 2010

Lavender Evening

I’m posting one of my early works (1988), where I experimented with light prismacolor highlighting dark tree branches.  I was fascinated one winter evening as the sky turned lavender, the breezes stirred, and the air was filled with debris.  So I tried some splatter technique to fill the sky and atmosphere with that sensation.  I guess I can chalk this up to one of my early “mood” watercolor sketches, but the experiments would pay off in later works.

Full Moon, January 30, 2010

January 30, 2010

Full Moon

Rough day.  I got food poisoning at an Academic Decathlon event last night.  Violently sick all night, and trashed out all day today.  Could not even focus my eyes on a watercolor or even a good book.  Hope tomorrow is better.  Meanwhile, to keep my New Year Resolution of blogging art work every day, here is an old, old work of mine.  The significance it has to me (for my own development) is that this is the first time I ever tried using prismacolor pencils over watercolor.  All the highlights on the spruce branches are prismacolor pencil.  I was also pretty new with this 300 lb. D’Arches paper, and was quite surprised to see how active the watercolor was in the night sky when I kept adding water and watching it do its magic on the page.