Monday, March 31, 2008

Trip to Madison Wisconsin

These sketches are from the Strings Festival in Madison Wisconsin. My neices were on violin and chello!

Hanging out between flights. Nothing to do but draw my plane being prepared for flight.

One of the things I do quite often is keep a travel log. No matter where I go, I typically keep a sketch book, pens, and watercolor kit on me. I try to sketch as often as possible while traveling. This keeps a personal account of where I have been, what I notice, and also helps to keep my drawing skills sharp.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Boat Yards

I have been working on a series of paintings and drawings from the sea side area of Matunuck RI. I love the different aspects of life on the ocean there. I tend to find myself hanging around boat repair yards alot. I am inserting a few selected ink drawings I have done in hopes that I will be able to develop them into paintings.

What is on my easel

I am hoping this blog will help me to evaluate and make decisions while creating artwork. I love the process of creating. Art is a divergent process for me. The initiation, setting up problems, working out methods is what I am most attracted to. I tend to concentrate on those aspects of artwork, and ignore the finished piece. I typically finish something (roughly), throw it in a corner to collect dust and then move onto the next piece. I am now thinking I need to put more effort in to the finishing of a piece, also be more concerned with the presentation of the work.

I have set a few rules for myself over the past couple of years. For example, the rule might be a time limit, or types of colors I use. Once, I had a rule about never using white, so to force my ability to mix values with color rather than just mixing in white. Right now, I am working with a goal to create at least one painting per week.

This Lighthouse painting is what is on my easel today. I have been working from sketches and reference pictures I created over the summer from one of my favorite New England spots; Matunuck RI.

I will be taking down a figure drawing show I helped to organize and put up at the Windham Arts Collaborative. I will post a few of these drawings once I get some pictures of them.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Setting up

After doing some research, I found the work on the other artist blogger pages so inspirational, I thought I should try one on my own. I hope this will help me organize my thoughts as I go through the process of developing my goals as an artist.

For me, developing myself as an artist has been a long and inexact process. I have always felt that it was a great honor to be considered an artist. To get there, has meant a lot of hard work and focus. Through this blog, I hope to give my students a sense of what it means to be an artist and the process we go through as we chase our muses.