Saturday, October 15, 2011

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Wildflowers - In Honor of Phil Being in Potter County Tonight

Devil's Paint Brush

Devil's Paint Brush

It is funny that I am thinking wildflower pictures from around the cabin while Phil is there; especially since he called about 20 minutes ago to tell me he had encountered a bear within 20+ feet minutes before :/  Fortunately, he walks with the bear spray he gave me for my birthday on 'ready' at all times and none was needed.  He is up at our camp for archery deer season.  Hopefully, he will only be seeing friendly four footeds from now on.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Drawing Lesson

Before and After

Yesterday afternoon, I attended a drawing workshop held by the Pittsburgh Society of Artists and taught by artist, Elizabeth Myers Castonguay.  What an experience!  The other attendees and I were greeted by Elizabeth and welcomed to her beautiful space in the Terminal Building on South Carson Street - candles, roses and music helped to calm my fears of failure.  I admitted to her earlier in an email that I hadn't been taught to draw since the 5th grade and certainly hadn't practiced the skill since.  I warned her that I might be challenged!

We were given the tools for drawing and set up at easels with seasonal still lifes ready for the afternoon's work.  Fifteen minutes into the exercise, I had completed the first picture above.  Instructions followed and off we went to put them into action.  The three other attendees are painters and used to drawing, so I knew I was the novice.  I had no reason to worry, though, as all were supportive and enthusiastic.  As you can see from the second picture above, I learned about values and shading, showing volume and other aspects of the art.

By week's end, all of our before and after pieces should be on Elizabeth's website in an area where she posts students' work.  If you are ever able to take a workshop with Elizabeth, jump at the chance - you won't regret it!

PS.  Don't worry, I am not giving up photography.  I know I have a lot of lessons and practice ahead of me if I wish to switch or even add a new medium!  :)