Sketching Fall from your Window
Tuesday, July 21, 2020
We should not expect to
make perfect art in our journals, instead
we should expect some
great journeys. (me)
Nature Journaling: Drawing from you window
Since March, I've been teaching Zoom classes on sketching and drawing. In particular,we've been exploring the nature journal. Up to a few weeks ago, we were under orders to be inside, so we did a lot of work from our windows--both in the house and the car. While things have loosened up a bit, we're still continuing the same journey. Fortunately, we can get out more and take pictures or spend some time observing the real, natural beauty around us.
This type of journaling seems endless with possibilities. Nature itself is filled with a plethora of subjects: flowers, birds, squirrels, fruits, vegetables, trees, herbs, grasses, weeds, rocks, butterflies, bees and so on. In fact, what I've learned so far, is that nature is usually all around us in one way or the other. Even living in a high rise, you'll see insects, plants on your deck (or someone else's) and birds.
Why from the window? Well, during these times when we're supposed to keep our distance and wear masks, it seems prudent to begin from your window. I began this journey back in 2011. It was a dreary winter. Gray, gray skies, seemingly blue mood. I picked up my journal and began drawing what I saw outside my studio window--dating it, commenting on the weather, even going to the Internet to learn more about what I was seeing.
That same year I started to do more detailed studies.
So what is a nature journal? It's really what you make it. You write, paint, draw, cut and paste and just be you.
From start in March, we have studied all sorts of subjects online from amphibians to vegetables. Since my classes are in the middle of the week and during the day, it's hard for folks to take them. So I'm going to give you a list again the may help you get through the next 30 days. Even though we are able to get out and about more, most of us are still being careful by staying inside, so maybe this nature journal challenge will help.
- Tomatoes on the vine
- Corn stalks, corn on the cob
- Watermelon, inside and out
- Calla lilies
- Tiger lilies
- Backyard tree (or in front)
- Tree bark
- Lavender bush
- Water in a glass
- Lawn chair
- Lounge chair
- Melon cut open
- Bird Bath
- Scrub jay
- Bird feeder
$90 per class, per five-week session
Monday, June 8, 2020
Let us cover weight of the paper, as this causes the most confusion. Paper is classified by its weight, thickness based on a ream of paper (500 sheets). So if you were going to be buying the standard 140# watercolor paper, that is telling you that it’s heavier than 20# bond paper,
- 90 lb (190 gsm),
- 140 lb (300 gsm),
- 260 lb (356 gsm),
- 300 lb (638 gsm)
I’ll cover types of art paper, smooth and textured, including some manufacturers and why I like them.
$90 per five-week session
Trees from crown to roots
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
- An orange, apple, lemon
- A coffee cup
- A toaster
- A chair
- Your bedroom
- Your hand
- Your foot
- Paint brushes, pencils in a cup holder
- Pillows on a sofa
- A fried egg—sunny side-up or poached
- Comb (s)
- Stacks of books, using perspective technique
- Still life set-up created by you
- A hair brush/hair dryer
- Your pet (s)
- A kitchen mixer
- Lots of different breads
- A garden flower
- Bars of soap
- Landscape (cityscape) from your window
- Your food pantry
- A bookcase
- Draped cloth over a stool or chair
- Water running from faucet (hint: take a photo)
- A finger nail
- A hat
$90 per five-week session
One more thought...
Interesting article from Reader’s Digest:
Sunday, March 22, 2020
Classes to migrate to online in May
Right now we are up and running in the Wednesday class. I will be re-opening the Tuesday class in May. We will meet (via Zoom) from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., study all forms of drawing (except charcoal) for $90 per five-week session or $18 a class. There is a minimum of four students and a max of 10, a limit to the US (International can come later) and eventually an offer for more drawing and painting classes on different days of the week. Workshops will follow.I want the classes to be smaller at first and then increase in size later.
All the classes and workshops will be taught in real time, totally live, no recordings. Here is my tentative format:
- Everyone joins the meeting via Zoom (it doesn’t cost you to use Zoom)
- Meeting and greeting--waiting for the whole group
- Class is called to order
- Review of last week’s assignment
- Introduction of the drawing technique and subject
- Demonstration of both if necessary
- About two hours of drawing with my help. Questions and advice can be asked here.
- Show your work with possible critique (if you want).
- Next week’s subject will be discussed
- Photos are uploaded on my cloud for you to download—but you are encouraged to do the project in class. Most people don’t finish all their work in class anyway, so that’s usually the homework.
I still have some things to accomplish and don’t want to offer something to my students that hasn’t been totally thought out. However, if I have enough people interested, I can always be persuaded to try it earlier than May. Let me know: email@example.com.
Monday, December 2, 2019
Sunday, November 10, 2019