Good Use of Time

At the Dentist
Ball Point Pen on Paper, 5×8″


I always keep a sketchbook in my handbag so I can take advantage of those time when I am waiting for whatever. I draw on the train, in a restaurant or in a dentist’s office. It keeps my skills sharp. It’s best way to learn to draw as well. This is a skill and like any skill requires practice. Talent goes no where without practice.
Remember my open studio event. You are invited!

T F m
September 27, 2011


Extravagant Woman
Oil on Linen Panel, 16×20″

I have several paintings with this woman as the model. She is a woman with an extravagant body.  She is just as extravagant in height, nearly six feet tall. She has a personality to match. She is intelligent, possesses opinions that are well informed, and a lexicon of emphatic mannerisms to make her points. We have had to discipline ourselves in the talking department in order to keep her still. If the conversation gets too animated no one can take artistic advantage of having a model.
It’s a sacrifice for our very talkative group. New members have left in disgust because they could not tolerate our chattiness. Too bad for them. It’s a condition for membership. If one wants silence, then stay in the studio. Part of the fun is the sociability of the banter of like-minded friends. Besides, when it gets challenging, we all shut up.
I too, possess a similarly extravagant body. I have made self-portraits in the nude that have received both positive and negative receptions. I had e-mails from one woman who was deeply offended by my “grossly overweight body.” She advised me to keep my “images to myself and not assail her or anyone else with such offensive images.”  I wonder, would she have the same reaction if she happened to encounter me in the produce department of the local super market? Would fat people have to drink from separate drinking fountains or limit their time in public to the middle of the night so that she would not have to endure something so offensive as me or the very vibrant woman in my painting? To all who are offended by heavy people: Get over it! It takes all kinds of people to make a world so go suck a rock! I hope it tastes horribly bad! That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it!

T F m
September 25, 2011

Sketchbook Drawing

Drawing in the Dining Hall
Ball Point Pen on Paper, 8×5″


This is another drawing from my sketchbook done last semester during a life drawing class. The figure that appears furthest away is one of my students drawing our model with the surroundings including other people in the dining hall. Most people were studying as the food service had closed down for the day.
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T F m
September 21, 2011

Rediscovered From My Sketchbook

Out of the Studio
Ball Point Pen on Paper. 8×5″


I haven’t posting on this blog very much lately. I have been having a hard time posting much at all. I have been very busy preparing for an open studio and teaching my community college classes.
I rediscovered some sketches in my sketch book and will be posting them over the next week. This was done last spring semester. I had my life drawing class go out into the lunchroom to draw the clothed model in an environment where people are moving about their in the course of a morning. The studio is a contrived space and people don’t just happen to be naked in most public places. One has to learn how to draw people clothed as well as nude. Also, context begins to take the practice of figure drawing out the realm of study and closer to art.
This is one my students drawing in the lunch room. I draw too. It to keeps me out of their hair. There is a fine line between being helpful and just being a pain in the ass. 
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T F m
September 18, 2011

The Best Way to Spend a Saturday

Oil on Canvas, 20×16″
Our group painting studio has had a three week hiatus. We just resumed our regular sessions today. This had been quietly drying in the racks for the whole time. This model is tiny, about 4’11” with dainty features. I think for that reason she was very challenging to paint. It’s the second time encountering her. The results of the first encounter is here.
She is reclining here as she was before. This time on the fainting couch. I know she does not look as she has just fainted but it seems appropriate to the studio prop used.
I struggled so long with her facial features I didn’t give other elements adequate attention. The details of the hand and the modeling of her breast do not have quite the same finish. Oh well! Maybe next time.
Remember the Northeast Wisconsin Artists’ Studios Tour.

T F m
September 10, 2011