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

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


"Misty", Leslie Lienau, Graphite on Paper

In the next 16 week course we will study drawing and painting the human form in the academic tradition of the classical atelier.  Drawing and painting the figure will be emphasized and will be studied extensively.  We will spend the first 8 weeks of the 16 week course drawing the human form, practicing the step-by-step "block-in" process of accurately translating size, proportion, line and turning form with light and shade.  We will study from the live model, doing quick gestural studies to long pose complete drawings.  In the second 8 weeks we will transition to painting the human figure.  Drawing on our extensive knowledge of using dry media, we will study value using grisaille and alla prima poster studies.  The practice of color mixing will be strongly emphasized through alla prima color poster studies along with the final form painting method.  I will lecture and demonstrate and work closely with you, using constructive critique and encouragement to help you translate with accuracy. Homework will be strongly suggested and will aid in your personal training discipline.
[This class will  be held at my home studio or at another location,  as the study of the nude figure will be necessary for this phase of the classical study.]

Saturdays:  9:00 – 12:00 or 2:00 – 5:00
Limited to 8 students per class.
June 5 – October 2
NO CLASS ON July 3 or August 14
Tuition:  $589 (includes model fee) 
Registration through the Fine Arts Institute begins April 26.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010


Sharon Mantor's line drawing to color wash.

Lani Pounder's line drawing to color wash

Tim Walker's color wash

Carol Hammontree's color wash 

 Paula Howell's color wash

Mimi Mason's grisaille

Tuesday, April 13, 2010



Friday, April 16, 2010
5:30-8:30 p.m.

at the home of

(Call for to RSVP and for directions)


Please... DO come!!!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Friday, April 2, 2010


This Saturday we will move on and into the "color wash" phase of the still life paintings you are working on. A "color wash" is the under-painting and is the first phase of the "form" painting process.  The color wash helps us to establish important aspects of light, shade and color before we begin painting with oil paint (and medium if you so choose).  The color wash is just that, a thin, transparent wash of color and value (translated accurately from what is in front of you), made with oil paint and solvent. Using the solvent allows the under-painting to dry quickly.  The studies you completed (value and color posters) will be valuable reference, so bring them with you on Saturday.  You'll also need your linen panel with the line drawing you transferred from you grisaille.  The photo below represents both the color wash (on the left side of the head) and how the form painting is developed from the color wash.
Oil on Linen
Leslie Lienau

 The color wash process might take several weeks to complete.  The idea is that you have a complete, transparent painting (very much like a watercolor painting).  Painting in the "form" painting method is a process of "finishing as you go", painting very carefully, deliberately and thinly.  Many of the Dutch Masters painted using this method.  Anthony Ryder, Ted Seth Jacobs, Jacob Collins and others paint using this method.  It  is ONLY a method.  It is not right or wrong - just one of many ways to paint.