Monday, May 18, 2009

Final post on Open Studios and some Drawing Exercises

Laura, artist and illustrator

Laura's work on display at Open Studios

"Garden Shoes"

"Parking Lot Floral"

When I posted pictures of our artists, I did not have one to share of Laura Schiller, our illustrator who created our mailers and flyers and does some wonderful computer-enhanced art. You can check out Laura's work on her blog:

The next two pastels were done in my most recent two drawing classes. Neither are finished pieces, but I don't intend to do more work. Bob brought in his old athletic shoes and a bandana two weeks ago. My friend's reaction was amazement that anyone would bother to draw such a subject. Bob is always looking for ways to challenge us to apply our knowledge of perspective and creating form and volume. He is not concerned that we create a piece of art to display or sell. I actually found it challenging and fun to recreate those soiled and worn shoes and old bandana. The second one was a subject we came up with this morning. Bob had brought some potential still lifes, but someone wanted to understand how to draw florals, so Bob gave us a demo. Rea went out to the parking lot and picked some weeds and popped them into a vase on top of a gold drape. Voila! Instant florals.


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Peggy Stermer-Cox said...

Hi Mary, I really like the shoes and bandana! Drawing can be so much fun.

Mary Paquet said...

Peggy, thanks so much for checking in. My reaction was positive, too. Not a Van Gogh, but really fun. I love drawing.

Sheila said...

Okay.. and you should do more pastels too!

Mary Paquet said...

Sheila, thanks for the encouragement! I just ordered a 96-piece set of pastels for drawing class -- looks like I am doing more.