Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
"Learning is the beginning of wealth. Learning is the beginning of health. Learning is the beginning of spirituality. Searching and learning is where the miracle process all begins." ~ Jim Rohn
"If you get into the habit of sketching, you'll never be bored."
~ Sandy Sandy
Sept. 12 - 14th, 2008 WORKSHOP - Day One
WARM UP EXERCISE
I started today's lessons with a warm up exercise I came up with at the spur of the moment. Holding the pencil like a wand, I encouraged students to use their whole arm and wrist while making various scribbles on their paper. Everyone seemed to agree that this helped them to loosen up for the sketching to follow.
TWO MINUTE GESTURES
I have some wood bird carvings and decided to use them as models for our two minute gesture sketches. After the allotted time was up, each person turned their bird clockwise a quarter of a turn. Each participant did a dozen sketches, three birds, four views each.
BLIND CONTOUR DRAWING
This is a wonderful exercise that I haven't done in a long time. None of the students had ever done a blind contour. This teaches hand eye coordination. You can't look down at your paper while you are drawing. You must only look at the subject while the pencil is moving. This trains you to caress the object with your eyes. After this exercise, students followed along with handouts as we went on to drawing a hummingbird from my Six Steps to Sensational Sketches Demo.
MONOTONE VALUE PAINTING
After lunch break, we did a value painting of a lighthouse. I explained WET-IN-WET techniques on painting skies, grass, water and buildings. Here is my demo painting.
SEE INFORMATION FROM DAYS TWO AND THREE ON MY 9/13/08 AND 9/14/08 WEB LOG POSTS.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
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Comments about my demo on artinstructionblog.com:
"Sandy's six steps are truly simple to follow, and inspirational to beginners like me." ~Nzo-Nguty Etahoben
"Great article, I'm printing it out and stuffing it into my sketchbook." ~ Cindy Davis
"Thanks for the tutorial. It is great and clear. I was looking for something like this for a long time." ~ Aramond
I did this sketch today from the wildflower bouquet Jerry got for me on Sunday. The stand was closed, but when Jerry told the lady, Mrs. Knight, who I was, she remembered me from a hummingbird presentation I did at her garden club. When he told her I was painting them, she marched out into the garden and cut these for me. I wanted to sketch them again to go with my special announcement today. Like summer, I guess I don't want to let go of my "SketchingEveryday" just yet.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Monday, September 1, 2008
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Thanks so much to everybody who has written in and supported me in my efforts! Your replies mean a lot to me.
Wishing You Health and Every Happiness! ~ Sandy
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Only two days left until the end of this summer blog!
How time flies when you're having fun.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
"My paintings cannot be a negation of what has always been and always will be necessary – drawing and search for values." ~ Theodore Robinson
See the seven elements of design here!
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
I sketched this scene today using reference from two different Colorado photos I took last month. I didn't copy either picture, merely used them for inspiration, while adding a healthy heaping helping of Artistic License to the mix.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Lee came over for a private lesson today. We worked on a project she is undertaking. She wants to do a "Spirit Art" painting for her daughter of a lion and a lamb. We talked a lot about mixing colors and did some preliminary drawings today. I wish I had taken a picture of her drawings. They came out very good! Here's mine.
I like the way this one scanned with the rays radiating from the figure. It's just the buckling of the drawing paper really, but I like the effect.
This summer has FLOWN BY!! There's less than two weeks left of my drawing everyday summer sketching blog to go!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
I attended the 1996 Equestrian Olympics in Atlanta Georgia with three friends. It was a glorious week of Dressage! I video taped most of the rides. I got out the tape and sketched from it today. For people who don't know Dressage, it's very much like watching the grass grow. For enthusiasts, it's exhilarating!
Monday, August 18, 2008
As most of you know, I often work in sets, so here today is another horse sketch. I wish they would show some of the Olympic Equestrian Events on TV! Seems like beach volleyball, gymnastics, swimming, diving and track is dominating the coverage here.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
I took Tigger to the vet yesterday to get his hurt leg checked out. They said it probably will get better with rest. It was very stressful for him and a bit for me too. He's resting now. I did this sketch of him from life today.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Here's yesterday's and today's daily sketch. We had a storm last night and I couldn't get online. I hope you enjoy these sketches I did of Orcas. Did you know that the average life expectancy for wild killer whales is about 30 years for males and 50 years for females?
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
A change of pace for today, here's a horse portrait using special paper and pencils.
Find more info. under "The Right Materials Make a Big Difference" on my sketching lens at: Six Steps to Sensational Sketches.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
A widespread member of the Plover Family, this bird is found throughout most of the US year round and its range extends far north into Canada in the breeding season. Well known for it's "Broken Wing Act" and self proclaiming call; "kill-dee-dee-dee", this bird can be spotted in fields, meadows, mudflats and shorelines.
Monday, August 11, 2008
Last week I posted a "Hidden Pictures" illustration I did for the Cranberry Festival Program Booklet. I decided to put that picture inside and did this painting for the front cover. It is already sold to one of my "Jersey Devil" collectors!
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
I went and got 51 bales of hay this morning. I noticed the Bachelor's Buttons, Queen Anne's Lace and something that looks like Pink Fireweed are in bloom on the sides of the road. Here's a sketch I did today from one of my CO photos that's posted on my web log. I'm still adding new Colorado pictures, so be sure to keep checking my web log or subscribe to it through RSS feed.
Monday, August 4, 2008
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Things have slowed down a little at my hummingbird feeders the last couple of days. I'm guessing there is something with tasty nectar blooming in the surrounding woods. I could smell something similar to the fragrance of Honeysuckle when Jerry and I went out for a morning bike ride.
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Friday, August 1, 2008
This image is from my sketchbook. I did this drawing on the plane on my way to Crested Butte, CO last week. Sketching really made the time "FLY BY"! This is a native Rocky Mountain Wildflower, "Serviceberry Flowers".
See what I've been up to today on my web Log.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Tomorrow four artists are coming to my studio for an art class. Today I've been busy preparing the lessons I wish to present. I'm hoping to guide them through two paintings in the two hour session, one in gray values and a second in color.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
I've had "Altitude Sickness" before, but didn't get it this time when I traveled to Colorado's high elevation. I just got back home early this morning and have had a case of "Sea Level Sickness" ever since. Missing the mountains, today I finished this pencil sketch I posted here on Saturday.
See more sketches from Colorado in my older posts.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
I'm sitting here this morning looking out over the mountains as I sip my coffee and watch my friends hang their hummingbird feeders. I've seen lots buzzing around their yard and I'm looking forward to seeing the little Colorado Cuties up close and personal. I love talking about them and will enjoy my hummingbird presentation today at the Rijks Gallery.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
I'm sitting here at the Denver Airport. I've got a few hours to wait for my friends to arrive, before we can drive out to Crested Butte. I can't seem to send out to my google groups from here. I will try again when I get to Crested Butte. I did some sketching on the plane and it really made the time go by faster.