Sunday, November 28, 2010

Make closeups

This is a helping tool for when you are painting something that
has a lot of detail that you may not be seeing too clearly, even
though it is right there in front of you. Take a photograph,
a close-up of the detail and study that.
I did this recently for a student who was having trouble seeing
the way the lines of the pattern curved around. With the
photograph that you see above, it became much easier to see
what was actually happening. And she drew it correctly!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Have company in your studio

The possibilities are almost endless as to what could be written upon seeing this photograph.
This is Lucy, studio mascot.
She is sunbathing, or at least being in the spotlight at which she is very accomplished.
Having a cat in one's studio while doing one's solitary work is really great.
She is a very social gal and keeps me company, as well as my students.
And she knows she is the star!