Man With Beard Drawing

Man With Beard Drawing

Attended a 5 day drawing workshop with David Kassan last week. This is my final 18 x 24 drawing, done with General’s charcoal pencils on Strathmore gray toned paper. The workshop was held at Sadie Valeri’s atelier in San Francisco. Finally had the chance...

Why Sharp Points are Important

Classic art school training teaches that when drawing with pencils – be it pastel, colored pencil, charcoal or graphite – you need to use a long sharp point. This is also true when sharpening charcoal, pastel or graphite sticks. Some people are hesitant or...

Learn to Paint Like an Old Master

A couple of years ago I had the great pleasure of attending Virgil Elliott’s portrait painting workshop in his art studio. It was a great opportunity to study with an artist who has been described as a “living master”, according to the Art Renewal Center (ARC). Virgil...

Inspiration and Aspiration

I got an email from Sadie Valeri, a great artist who I have had the pleasure to study with, about Inspiration. But it is about much more than that, as she was telling my story.  Now I understand myself better and know how to move forward.  This really impacted me, so...

Driven By Passion to Create

I saw this great article by Lee Hammond that really captured the way that I feel about my work, so I thought I would share it with you.   A True Artist is Driven By This By: Lee Hammond | June 20, 2014 “I can’t draw a straight line with a ruler!” Oh my, if I had...

Importance of a Classical Art Education

If you are serious about being an artist, there is no substitute for getting a proper foundational education in the traditional methods. Being a self-taught artist has its limitations as far as being able to learn the correct ways of drawing or painting, handling...