A few weeks ago I was paging through the enormous Winter catalog of our local high-end, up-scale mall: Somerset Collection. This “tome” is basically a super-charged glossy Vanity Fair magazine on steroids, with ads from Versace, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Burberry, Gucci, etc. You get the picture; it’s our little slice of Beverly Hills’ Rodeo Drive or Paris’ Champs-Elysees right […]
Last Fall I took Life Drawing at PCCA with Charles Pompilius. At first, I was very intimidated taking his class because he’s such an accomplished painter well known for his commissioned portraits and figurative paintings. However, he turned out to be very humble and easy going and I was immediately put at ease. It would also be my first time working from […]
This is a second still-life piece from the Intermediate Drawing Class at PCCA. I did the initial drawing in class and then finished up the detail work at home. I used a large piece of drawing paper, vine charcoal, and compressed charcoal for the shading. I then used a subtractive eraser technique on the vase where you first […]
I am taking Intermediate Drawing this summer at PCCA. Even though I love color, I thought it was a good time to go back to basics and work on the foundation. It’s been nearly 20 years since I took a formalized drawing class, so I’m well over due! The summer classes are small and intimate and […]
In 1994, I took a drawing class in the local community where I was living at the time. One of the best exercises we did was drawing upside-down. It helps to release your focus on the subject and just concentrate on the space, lines, and form. Here are my two attempts with the technique. As in most […]
One of our assignments in high school was to create a collage drawing. I used my recent trip to Chicago for inspiration. I composed an array of keepsakes and snapped a photograph. These included: a menu, a photograph, key chain, maps from Shedd Aquarium and the Art Institute of Chicago, luggage tags, and boarding pass.