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

Sunday, January 31, 2010


This evening's post will be the first of many.  I intend to post at least once a week with comments and photos of the drawings and paintings that the students in my class are working on.  I'll use this forum for information about the class that I might not have covered in class or information I might need to clarify further.  I'll post pictures of students working in the studio and there might be, at some point a video of a demonstration/lecture embedded here too.  I look forward to your comments and input, ideas and wisdom.  Thank you for being in the atelier and for your hard work!


A pretty bad Winter storm started on Thursday of last week and lasted through Friday evening.  We had close to 2 inches of ice and on top of that 5-6 inches of snow.  Class on Saturday was cancelled because too many people couldn't make it to the school.  I had planned to bring the homework assignments to those who chose images to copy (master drawings), but will bring them this Saturday.  Here are a few of the master drawings that were chosen...

L.J. chose this Master Drawing:
ANDREW WYETH (1917-2009: American). Becki King. 1946. Pencil, 28-1/2 X34" 
(Dallas Museum of Fine Arts)

Mark chose this Master Drawing by
CARLO DOLCE (1616-86; Italian). Self-Portrait. 1674; Chalk, 7-1/8X5-1/2" 
(Uffizi, Florence)

Re'nee chose this master drawing by
RODOLFO AGULARACH (1933- ; Guatemalan). Circe.
Ink on paper, 23X29". 
San Francisco Museum of Art 
(gift of San Francisco Women Artists)

This Master Drawing is Mimi's choice
HYACINTHE RIGAUD (1695-1743: French). Study of Hands and Drapery. 1735.
Pencil heightened with white chalk on blue paper, 11-3/4X17-3/4.
Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts. The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (gift of Mr. and Mrs. Sidney M. Ehrman). 

Sharon's choice of Master Drawing is this
GEORGE BIDDLE (1885-1973; American). Edmund Wilson. 1956, Charcoal, 13 X 11-1/4". Collection Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Sonnenberg, New York. 

Roger's choice is this Master Drawing by
HOWARD BRODIE (1915 - ; American). Dogface. 1951, Colored Pencils, 11X14

The optional homework assignment is to copy a Master Drawing in the exact style, medium and size using the same support the original artist used, if possible.  Copying the Masters is a wonderful tool for the artist to develop understanding and skill.