These started as color demonstrations for my painting students. When I go back to complete the works, many of them resemble sea scapes because of the the texture of the knife leaving the impression of waves.
I start out with a blank canvas and no preconceived ideas. Using a knife and a rag, I apply the first color— each stroke then tells me what the next one will be. There is always more listening than painting, waiting for the painting to “speak”. I know when a painting is done when it shuts up and the studio is peaceful and happy.
Midsummer Night's Dream
Thank you Lemon Yellow
Thank you Lemon Yellow 2
Somewhere out west
While reworking an existing paintings there is often a large build-up of texture on the canvas, and these shadows and highlights start to evoke dream-like forms, such as animals and faces. I subtly bring out the figurative elements without losing the mystery of the forms that flicker back and forth from invisible to visible.
Creature feature 1
acrylic on canvas
Creature feature 2
acrylic on canvas
These drawings are composites from three or more sequential 5 to 10 minute poses, and created as the solution to the problem of too little time to make a complete drawing. All of my figure drawings are inspired by the McGuffey drawing group, held in by Robert Bricker’s “muse infested” studio #1 several times a week.
These began as realistic drawings from live models, brought back to my studio and subjected to my imagination, influenced by props in Robert Bricker’s studio. All are on Bristol board with soft graphite pencils.
Freedom (the bird flies)
Behind your back
one line drawings
I draw these one-line-only drawings with very fast graphite pencils. My eye moves along the various contours of the models, still life objects in the studio, and my pencil records the line journey. I usually begin somewhere other than the model, drawing one of the many fascinating masks or sculptures maybe even the model's water bottle, so as to not make the model any more important in the composition than anything else. I find that I see much more when drawing this way because I do not get stuck anywhere and, in 8 or 10 minutes, can get a complete and satisfying composition.
These works are done in acrylic on canvas, and are displayed at Deloach Designs at their show rooms in Highpoint, NC and in New York City.
Drawing for Chickens
Beginning Drawing for Chickens
This is a class for non-artists who are scared to take a drawing class or who have been intimidated by a class that went too fast. Given gentle support and instruction by a teacher who also had to learn to draw, anyone can discover his or her “inner artist”. I promise not to hover over you as you draw so you will experience very little “performance anxiety” while doing the exercises.
Limited to 8 students. All supplies are provided!
8 weeks, Tuesday evenings, 6:15- 8:15.
Fall 2019 Class: September 24 - November 12
LOCATION: Jean’s MAC Studio, 26 B
$225, Make checks out to McGuffey Art Center, bring to
This is a class about process, about not giving up when a painting is going through an “ugly” stage. After an introduction to color and abstract art, I will help you individually explore color mixing and the other elements of the language of painting. You are encouraged to use a painting knife, but brushes are fine, too. You learn by doing in this intuitive, non-academic and addictive class. Let me handle that inner critic that has held you back. Supplies are NOT included.
8 weeks, Monday evenings 6:00-8:30.
Fall 2019 class: September 23 - November 11
LOCATION: Starnes Classroom #17, first floor
$225 Make checks out to McGuffey Art Center and bring