More Plein Air

OK, for class on tomorrow…

Let’s meet downtown near Sweet Expressions at around 10:35 to 10:40. We can touch base and everyone can then go find a subject to watercolor. We should have a much better day to do it than on Tuesday. See you tomorrow.


More Watercolor Skill-building

For Tuesday, have 10 more small watercolors done. This time the theme is faces/portraits/people. We will look at them first thing in class and get started on more in-class watercolors. Remember, don’t forget to put the water in watercolor! FUN!



Alright, you homework assignment is to paint 10, 4.5 x 6 inch watercolor landscapes using the four states of watercolor that I demonstrated today in class. Spend three hours dong them between today and Tuesday. This is a skill building assignment, so expectations for the actual artwork you produce is low, you are learning and building a watercolor vocabulary. Don’t overwork your watercolors. No dibby-dabby, fuss-butt brushwork. Be confident and sure of your marks and brush strokes (easier said than done).

Matting Day

Hi everyone,

Don’t forget to bring in your matting supplies. We will spend the class period matting our first “good” drawing you did.

You’ll need…

  • Fresh mat blades (I don’t provide them)
  • Xacto knife or utility knife with SHARP blades
  • White(ish) Mat board (typically a 30 x 40 inch sheet)
  • White foamcore (again, 30 x 40 inch sheet)
  • Linen tape
  • 18 inch ruler
  • A lot of Band Aides

First “Good Drawing” Assignment

Sorry, just now getting this assignment posted…

Next week is week 5 already. Whew. Here is the information I gave you for our first “good drawing” assignment. Keep in mind all the various skill-sets we have been working on in and out of class for the last three/four weeks.

Pick one item from your five lists I had you write down – a like, a dislike, an emotion place and a thing. Take your choices and use them as the subjects/inspiration for a “good drawing composition”. Dry media, B/W OR color – your choice. Size: 20 x 30 “good” paper. Due next Thursday 21st. Work your process. We can talk more about it today in class.

Homework for Sept 12

Alright, you have six hours of time for this homework assignment. In keeping with what we did today in class, you are going to be working with still-life compositions. You have 5 compositions to draw by Tuesday. 2 are monochrome, 2 are working with harmonious colors on the color wheel (any 5 touching colors on the wheel) and 1 working with a color triad (primary, secondary or tertiary). Subject matter for your still-life is your choice. You have to decide format (portrait or landscape), if you are drawing the same still-life 5 different times or drawing 5 different still-life subjects. Work you best to give me five “good” compositions with “good” mark-making. I’m watching to see if you are developing a “hand” in how you draw (your technique). Does it demonstrate confidence in technique and good observation skills.

Homework for September 7

Hi class, here’s my blog post for what I assigned today.

I want you to work on a 3 hour drawing using perspective. It can be 1, 2 or 3 point perspective of a subject of your choice. Media is your choice as well – ink, charcoal, conte or chalk pastel – color or B/W. I want you to draw from observation and draw a completed composition – a nicely done drawing. Don’t forget to maybe sketch out a small composition to figure out all the angles before you commit to the “final” drawing. We’ll take a look at them on Thursday.