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"
Pastel

"Parking Lot Floral"
Pastel

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:
http://schillerdesign.blogspot.com/

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.