Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Teaching at the Center for the Visual Arts!

Just found out I'll be teaching an Acrylics class at the CVA this fall. It will be a month after having my baby - hope I'll be able to stay awake for the class!

Now, I really need to get some painting done. It's one thing to know how to paint, it's another thing entirely to teach someone else how to do it. I did document my last painting and kept mental notes of what I did to get to where I needed to go, but it wouldn't hurt to do it again. I also don't have any current work and would like to enter the juried show again this year, so I'll have something to show for class and for the show if I get in.

I'll still be working on my colored pencil stuff since it's a lot more portable and it's my first love. I just wish I had more time like the old days, before kids, to get things done.

Life Drawing
Right now I'm also taking an open lab life drawing class. Best $25 bucks I've spent in a long time. It's been about 17-18 years since I drew from life like that. I didn't do too bad, but I can certainly use some more time to get proportions on the lower half of the body correct. I can't remember all my little tricks, but they are coming back to me as I do more and more.

It's a great group of people in there. The difference between this and a regular college class is that everyone wants to be there and are fairly accomplished at drawing, where in college most of the class is inexperienced or don't want to be there.

I hope I can make it to the end of the class. It goes until the end of July, I'm due in the middle of August.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Another Portrait Finished

"Maggie in the Leaves"


Colored Pencil on White Stonehenge Paper

Got one more portrait done! I'm working as fast as I can before our second child arrives in August. This portrait will be at the Center for Visual Arts in Wausau, Wisconsin for a July show. I need to frame it up and get it ready!

Still haven't heard if I will for sure be teaching an acrylic class this coming fall. This would be a great opportunity for me as I really do love to teach. I'm intentionally doing more acrylic paintings just to be able to describe my process. It's one thing to just do it, another to teach about it.

I am excited about the prospect of taking a life drawing course in the next few weeks. It's a rare opportunity to have an open lab without the commitment of a formal class and that it's right here in town. The only possible problem is that there won't be enough people signing up to take the class and they might not offer it if it's not full.