Do not fail, as you go on, to draw something every day, for no matter how little it is, it will be well worth while, and it will do you a world of good."
Cennino Cennini

Monday, September 20, 2010


Sorry about that last email ~ the video can't be seen in the email.  I'm not sure what went wrong.  If you will click on the title of the post your browser will redirect to the actual blog, where you can see the video.  Or, better yet, click on the link below!

Sunday, September 19, 2010


This is an excellent and interesting painting demonstration by Zhaoming Wu.  Notice how he begins the painting, in particular,  with the "envelope" to the "block-in" to the development of the painting beginning with massing in major shapes representing shadows and light.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


Diana's drawing and under painting beginnings

Melodie's under painting ~ ready for the last stage ~ opaque paint

Valarie's drawing and under painting beginnings

Thursday, September 9, 2010


Diana's egg still life.  This is her line drawing and the beginnings of the color-wash
Valarie's drawing of the still life
Melodie's egg still life - The colorwash


We are working on our final piece for the Saturday Atelier.  This is a 6 week long pose.  Starting with a good drawing, moving into the color-wash and finally, the opaque painting.  We have an excellent model and we're getting some outstanding drawings.  It's going to be exciting to see the end result!
Connie's drawing
Ashley's drawing
Bettina's drawing
Lani's drawing
Linda's drawing
Leslie's drawing and color-wash beginnings
Mimi's drawing
Ella's drawing
Paula's drawing
Roger's drawing

Friday, August 20, 2010


I've been teaching a pastel drawing class at the Fine Arts Institute for the last few weeks (it's a 6 week class).  The artists in the class are doing outstanding work.  Here are some of the pieces they have produced so far.  Well done!
 By Lani Pounders

By Lani Pounders

By Ashley Pool

By Caleb Mild

Lani working

By Ashley Pool

Caleb working

By Caleb Mild

By Sylvia Miller

Thursday, August 19, 2010


practiced making tints and shades of the three primary colors, three secondary colors and the tertiary colors.  These color strings are very well done with watercolor.  Mixing a range of tints and shades of all the hues in the spectrum is a wonderful practice.  You'll learn a great deal about color mixing.  Doing these studies will not replace your study of color from the live subject, but it will help to make you more familiar with your palette and the way colors interact with eachother. 
Primary Colors

Secondary Colors

Three of the tertiary colors


Some value poster studies from the Saturday class
 By Ashley Pool

By Carol  Hammontree

By Mimi Mason

By Linda Bebee

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

FINALLY... a new post!

I haven't posted the student work for some time now, so I do apologize for the delay!  We're into our 8th week for both the beginning class on Tuesday evenings and for the Advanced Saturday class where we are studying the figure. Everyone is working very hard and it shows! Here are a few images of both classes.  

Saturday Figure Drawing and Painting - Drawing
 By Ella Moore

 By Shireen Boddy

 By Mimi Mason

Tuesday Drawing & Painting the Still Life - Color Poster Study
 By Susan McCallum

 By Valarie Naifeh

By Melodie Wheeler

Thursday, July 22, 2010

ATELIER Student Exhibit Reception

Our reception was a great success! Thank you to all who brought refreshments and to all who attended.  Your work looks exceptional on our gallery walls.  Thank you for sharing. And thanks to Roger Lawrence for the photos below.
 Shireen Boddy
Jim Lyon
Sharon Mantor
Greg Womack
The crowd
Ella Moore
Leilani Pounders
Connie Rish

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

COLOR WORKSHOP with Dan Robinson

Dan's workshops fill up quickly so reserve your space early!
You may contact Dan directly via email at or contact me for more information at

Monday, June 28, 2010


Christy Bourque
Original Digital Drawing 

Christy has been working hard and recently completed this drawing
Wacom Intuos4 Digitiser Tablet 
and Photoshop CS3.
Very nice Christy!  Thanks for sharing with us.

Friday, May 21, 2010


My 21 year old son is a rock climber.   He took up climbing several years ago and has become quite good at the sport.  I have to admit, I am a little bit frightened by his choice to place himself on a vertical expanse far above the ground.  Actually, I don't like to think about it at all. 

My son is staying with me and his younger brother until he finds new transportation (his car was demolished during the hail storm in Oklahoma City last Sunday).  Among his things left lying around the house, I found a book he is reading.  It is entitled, "The Rock Warrior's Way, Mental Training for Climbers", by Arno Ilgner. I sat down to read a few pages of the book and was absolutely hooked in.  I found so many correlations between the sport of rock climbing, living life and being an artist.  I was especially taken by this quote from the book, "Regardless of the source of the Ego's expectations, the result is the same: we are slaves to externally derived influences, rather than being the masters of our internal mental environments."  

What struck me about these words is that, as artists, especially when we are just learning how to do something new, we struggle with outside opinions and criticism.  We struggle with negative judgments and criticism from our own conscience and unconscious thoughts and opinions about ourselves.  But I think more so, we worry about what others are going to think about what we have produced.  Being in a classroom, learning new ideas, skills and concepts is very intimidating.  It reminds me of what it must be like to climb a rock.  Very scary.  

I am very proud of my son.  He has, at a young age, decided to face incredible fears and is adventuring through life.  I am inspired by him and his willingness to travel to new "heights", not only with his climbing, but with his entire existence.  I am motivated to face the fears I have about being a painter and want to adventure through the process to try to produce work that I love - that which comes from inside of me and to "master my internal mental environment."

Thanks to all of you who entrusted a part of your artistic education to me.  It has been an incredible experience to see what all of you produced during the FIRST "Atelier".  I can't wait for the next one to begin and to climb those very tall rocks with you.  ~Leslie

Remember... we're having a party to celebrate your success!  
Marc and Elaine Weinmeister
1913 Chaparral
Sunday, May 23rd @ 2:00
I am looking forward to seeing you!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

MORNING ATELIER ~ Photos of Student Work

Atelier Soiree

We're having a party to celebrate your success!  
Please, do let me know if you plan to join us at the home of 
Marc and Elaine Weinmeister
1913 Chaparral
Sunday, May 23rd @ 2:00
RSVP by May 21
See you there!


We had our last class last Saturday!  I am very pleased with and proud of you for your hard work and magnificent paintings!  Here are a few from the afternoon class.  Carol is sending me her latest group from the morning class and I'll post them soon.  Thanks to all of you!  I really enjoyed working with you. And I am looking very forward to the next phase - the figure.

 Jim Lyon, Lemon

Roger Lawrence... His palette (left), his under-painting and the form, turning

Christy Bourque's under-painting

Ella Moore's Pear & Bag