Saturday, December 1, 2012

Happy belated Thanksgiving

Manayunk survived Hurricane Sandy without too much trouble, and I have been enjoying my new studio space very much.
I don't have any paintings to show for it yet... but here's a drawing instead:

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Preparing for Frankenstorm

I am busy getting things out of the basement and doing some house cleaning in preparation for Hurricane Sandy.  (Can't run a vacuum if the power goes out!)  Assuming Manayunk is still here after the storm, I will be moving into my new studio space next weekend.  Fortunately, I found another painter who wanted to share space with someone.  The studio is only one block from our apartment, so there will be no excuse not to visit frequently and get lots of work done.  I am really excited to start producing some new paintings.  In the meantime, here is a recent figure drawing.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Show Extended / Drawing is Fun

Good news - my work will stay up at Elcy's Cafe for a few more weeks.  If you haven't been able to get to Glenside yet, you still have time!

I had a little fun drawing at last night's figure session... I feel very little pressure when drawing in pencil.  Maybe it's because I spent so much time sketching in pencil when I was a kid, or because it's so easy to erase mistakes!

Then I switched to charcoal and did some more.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Putting it together

I went to a life drawing session yesterday, and was trying to practice some of the things I learned in my summer workshop.  This was a long pose (close to three hours altogether).

Thursday, September 6, 2012

September show at Elcy's

Starting this weekend, some of my paintings will be on display at Elcy's Cafe in Glenside, PA.

Elcy's is a delightful cafe inside an old train station. If you're in the area, be sure to stop by, grab a cup of coffee and something sweet, and check out the artwork (some pieces aren't even on the website yet!).  The show will be up through the first week of October. Elcy's is located at:

1 West Glenside Avenue
Glenside, PA  19038
(215) 884-5600

Many thanks to Linda, Amy, Cyndi and Ben for helping to make this happen!
P.S. There is a nifty farmer's market right next to Elcy's on Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm. Highly recommended!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Continuing Education

This summer, I took an excellent PAFA Life Drawing workshop at the bucolic Historic Yellow Springs location.  We were working in the Chester Springs Studio, and old stone barn that was converted into an art studio.  Our instructor John Horn accurately described it as "art heaven."

The focus of the class was how to use the classic proportions of the human body in life drawing.  Here's John (and his assistant) giving us some guidelines on the major landmarks of the body.

For a short weekend course, I found it to be very illuminating.  We also had some excellent models posing for us.  I look forward to testing out some of my new knowledge the next time I attend a life drawing session.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Like a rolling stone

Much has changed in the past year!  I got a new job and moved to the Philadelphia area.  In July we packed up and moved to a new apartment in Manayunk. Here's our new street:

We found a charming little place with a nice backyard, within walking distance of the train stations, some good friends, and the shops and restaurants on Main Street.

It's too small for my easel, though - so the next step is to find some affordable studio space.  Wish me luck.