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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

My greeting card has been blogged

The woman who runs this blog found me on Etsy and asked if she could feature one of my Christmas cards on her blog in Philadelphia. Seems the pit bull is the favorite dog of pet owners in Philly. Of course I said yes! I created it from an old found photo and brought it into Photoshop to add details. If you like like it, twitter it and add it to your Facebook page for me! Thanks!

New classes

I will b teaching a "Colored Pencil" evening class in Newburyport, MA starting February 8th. Email me for details if you are interested. I'll post links for all classes soon. They are in the process of posting them on web pages and getting the brochures ready for printing.

I'll also be teaching two "Learn to Draw" classes evenings, early in the year. One will be at Whittier Vo-Tech in Haverhill, MA, and the other will be at Timberlane High School in Plaistow, NH. I'll list the details and the web sites for registration, as soon as they are posted. Looks like I'm going to be busy! Yeah!

Colored Pencil Class in Newburyport

I'll be teaching a colored pencil class in Newburyport starting February 8, 2012. Email me if you need more details!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

For all artists and Illustrators who have work that has been published

Something of interest to all artists and illustrators who have work that has been published. You may have some money waiting for you to collect!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Arts Business Institute

My little penguin has been blogged about under "Great Handmade Gifts" in the Arts Institute Blog, as one of twenty! I'm psyched! Check it out. http://www.artsbusinessinstitute.org/

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

John Bavaro

This drawing was done by John Bavaro on an iphone! Amazing! Here's a link to his flickr site: http://www.flickr.com/photos/john_bavaro/5258778104/in/set-72157624153669292/

See all his primates that he drew on his iphone, using an app called "Brushes". I might have to get it for myself.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Colored Pencil Class

Had a great time in class yesterday, teaching the students to use watercolor colored pencils. I had them draw an apple first with the watercolor pencils, and then when it was dry, go over it with their Prismacolors. I can see them progressing each week. Here's the apple I drew last weekend using watercolor pencils and going over it with Prismacolors. I brought it to class to show them what was possible.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Just posted a new Christmas card

This is for all the Pit Bull lovers!
Check it out on my Etsy site. Thanks! http://www.etsy.com/listing/85725373/pit-bull-christmas-holiday-card

Some great pencil drawings

Check out these sites to see some fabulous graphie and chalk drawings! http://www.odditycentral.com/pics/meticulously-detailed-drawings-made-with-graphite-and-chalk.html Some humongous ballpoint pen drawings: http://www.odditycentral.com/pics/the-photo-like-ballpoint-pen-drawings-of-juan-francisco-casas.html And some fantastic pencil drawings: http://www.odditycentral.com/pics/the-amzing-pencil-art-of-paul-lung.html
This drawing is by Paul Lung.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Raul Pazos

Please check out this artist. This work was done on Fabriano 180, in colored pencil and pen and ink! Amazing, huh???? Here's his Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Raul-Pazos/184754028318

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Great news

Having a great day. Sold 50 Christmas cards today, shipping them to Australia tomorrow! Then I was contacted by a great woman who runs a "dog" blog in Philly. She is going to feature my Pit Bull Christmas card on her blog in a "Holiday Gift Guide" for dog owners and dog lovers! My card will be featured with 9 other great unique dog items! Those Philly natives love their pitts! Woo hoo!!!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Drawing Class

Today my students brought in mirrors and had a first attempt at drawing themselves. Self portraits are always difficult for people new to drawing. They have a hard time "seeing" beyond what they imagine they look like. Even when their first marks seem odd to them, they have a hard time believing that there is "that amount of space between their eyes", etc. until you show them by having them measure. It's such a pleasure to bring their eyes into focus and see them wrestle with the right side of their brains, as the lips get wider and the nose goes higher in their drawings. I explained that they should try to treat the image of themselves like a drawing of a bunch of lines and shapes, and to look at the negative shapes that the planes of their faces make. Always interesting results! Some take a long time getting the shape of the face correct while others seem to speed through, only to grab the eraser at the end. I love teaching. The students are doing awesome! This image is from my hero of the self-portrait, Kathe Kollwitz, 1924

Check out this great website

I came across this great website with movies, awe inspiring, and art-inspiring, if any of you want to check it out. Both the adults and the kids should see this! http://thekidshouldseethis.com/


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