Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Monday Morning Drawing Class

 
"Nature's Bounty"
14" 12" Pastel
 
We had a choice of several different still life setups. I liked the contrast of the lemons and tangerines against the lovely white bowl. Instructor Bob Semans directed some light on the subject to create some lovely form and cast shadows. He also helped me push those darks. He says we are all too timid.
 
This weekly drawing session is such a part of my life these days. The class meets at University Arts in downtown San Jose. I often ride my bike to light rail and then to the class, 16 miles from my home. We have a core set of artists who continue to take the class year after year. I believe I started in 2006. Dear friend Susan and I usually go to lunch after class. Sometimes others and our instructor join us. We have our own little mini support group, helping each other through life's challenges while sharing our art.


4 comments:

CrimsonLeaves said...

Mary, I really do love your pastel work - always. Sounds like a great group and I'm surprised to hear you've been attending for so many years! That is dedication!

margaret@dancingclouds.com said...

There is something so appealing about your still life; lovely! I have problems with getting darks dark enough and often wonder why. Perhaps its because the mid and light tones can be so enticing! Your drawing group sound fun.

I enjoyed scrolling through your recent posts.

Barbra Joan said...

Hi Mary, you know I always love you pastels.. your so good at it but then again when I think of your watercolors and your collages, and on and on...
Your just a very talented creative person and your energy for life and art comes through this machine.. Always an inspiration, thanks ... Barbra

hmuxo said...

This is such a gorgeous still life, Mary!! LOVE this piece!!!