Friday, December 25, 2009

Happy Holidays from the Oregon Coast

We are having a wonderful holiday snuggled up on the Oregon coast just south of Yachats. The weather has been so very beautiful and surprisingly warm. We take walks on the beach, read a lot, sketch and relax.

Even Twill is enjoying herself!
Happy Holidays to all!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

End of Term!

Well, that went by awfully fast! It seems like I just started school and here it is the end of the first term and 15 more to go. Above is another five tone charcoal drawing. The idea behind five tones is that every shape of light, dark, and mid-tone has to match one of five. That means there is the lightest light, the darkest shadow, a light-dark shadow, a dark mid-tone, and a light mid-tone. Unfortunately it isn't as easy as just matching each color shape to a tone. As usual, you have to work it in relationship to the whole. I have a feeling that looking at the details in relationship to the whole is one of those primary concepts or universal rules.
At the moment, the drawings look rather blocky or pixelated. We have been told that next term we will be moving on the the total tonal gradations and also using a full sheet of paper. The charcoal drawings are done on half sheets of roughly 18" X 24" sheets of paper. That is a lot of paper to cover with a rather messy medium. We have small mirrors to use to "see" our drawing in another way. That helps to get the drawings right. I also find I use my little mirror to check my face for charcoal smudges! We are all forever telling each other that "you have a bit of paint/charcoal/graphite" on some area of the face. It can be quite comical.
One thing you will notice in the drawing is the basket sits on top of a book. I remember how much of a struggle drawing books was in the beginning. You would be surprised how challenging it is to get those innocent looking books accurate. It is totally counter-intuitive. They are much easier to draw now. I have realized that my mind no longer labels the things I am drawing. It is all just a collection of shapes and their relationship to one another to draw.
The purpose of the charcoal drawings, or paintings, is to get us used to the techniques that we will be using in painting without the added complication of color. It is a different way of working than drawing is. I am still getting used to the shift in thinking. It is getting easier and faster to work with. I still need a lot more practice though.
We will be taking part of the two week break to spend a bit of time on the Oregon coast. I love the ocean and we have a cozy little room with our own kitchen and a view looking over the ocean awaiting us. I will be drawing. Drawing is like playing music, it must be practiced daily. I also will be bringing along charcoal and a cheap water color set. We shall see what happens. I will try to post the results if I am able to.

Wishing everyone a wonderful Winter Holiday and a Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Five Tones

This week we did a four session (12 hour) charcoal study. That meant we got to use two more tones. Eventually we will be using the whole range but starting out simple is the way to go not only in drawing but in just about every other endeavor.
I always think charcoal drawing is like a developing Polaroid picture. You start to see random shapes and shades and then as it develops further, the image begins to resolve. However, you don't just draw one object and then move to another. You have to work the whole picture. It is a constant battle to keep things true and it always amazes me when I have something working nicely and come back only to find that now it is too big/small or off kilter. I would love to have a time lapse video of the whole process. Perhaps one of these days I will have the space and proper tech to do that. Actually, I do have the technology needed just not the space to set it up. A time lapse video would show the cone, for example, morphing from cone shape, to something that looks like it was underwater, to smaller, and finally to bigger. The angles would change, the planes would change. the shape of light would be all over the place. Well, you get the idea.
The abstract pile of stuff on the left is actually a wad of fabric. The instructor deliberately left that as an abstract shape. The composition isn't too bad even though it is really for the purpose of the lesson, not to look pretty.
We have one more week of this term. Whoo Hoo! Time sure flies. At this rate four years will go by awfully fast. I do have a sense of the hard work that has been put in and hard it has been, for everyone no matter what their skill level coming into the program.
Now, for the final week...

Sunday, December 6, 2009


We finally started charcoal this week. Even so, we didn't just jump in with full out charcoal techniques. The first day we got to produce a picture with just two tones, lights and darks. I didn't post it because it looks quite abstract. Thursday they allowed us another tone. With a light, medium, and dark tone, the picture begins to take on more of a realistic shape. We have been promised an increase in tone allowance as we get better. The master teacher commented that we all had made his day at the end of this one. Drawing with charcoal is much different than graphite. Composing and rendering in charcoal is much closer to painting than drawing. They have also removed some of our scaffolding as good teachers will. We no longer set up a "box" to use as a guideline to draw our pictures. I was surprised to find that I did fine without the training wheels.
Two more weeks before the end of this term and we break for the winter holiday. My, time flies when you are learning a lot!
It is dark and cold and my dog suddenly needs to go out. I best put on my 10 layers of clothing and give her a respite. Until next week, -Renee

Sunday, November 29, 2009


There were a lot of changes this week that I am still assimilating. One very welcomed change is in how I am seeing the things I am drawing. Something fell into place for me and I am beginning to make more sense of the act of drawing. It is difficult to explain. The challenging part of that is that now there is more to correct and get right! The picture above is the still life we did on Tuesday before Thanksgiving vacation. As always, the drawing is never really finished. I would want to work several more hours on it to get it to a satisfactory point. I would make the darks a lot darker for one and smooth out the shading. The star box was particularly challenging.
The biggest change came right before lunch. All of us students were asked to gather around and take a seat. Now anytime someone tells a room full of focused art students to put down their pencils and brushes and take a seat you know that something big is in the air. We all got seated and looked at each other a bit nervously as the director stood up in front of us to make an announcement. He started out his announcement by talking about change. That made us even more nervous and now all attention was riveted on him. I was almost holding my breath thinking that they were going to close the school and all move to Italy or something. Well, the school is not closing but it is Portland Oregon! We will be finishing the academic year here and then I will be starting my second year in Portland.
I called my husband during lunch break to let him know that we will be moving in a year instead of staying in Ashland as we had thought. Notice, there is no question that I will continue my studies with the Academy. Fortunately my husband is at a highly flexible stage in his life. Both of us will have some regrets at leaving Ashland. It is beautiful here, my husband is in a few bands and we are just getting to know the area and the local people. Portland does have a lot to offer in exchange. For the first time since we were married, we will be living in the same city as a few family members. They are recent arrivals to the Pacific Northwest and we will be happy to be able to get to know them better. Portland has a lot to offer an artist and is a vegan mecca to boot. I have never lived in a large city so it will be different. Portland has always been my favorite city too. I might have had to re-evaluate my school plans if they were intending to move to Detroit or some such city. Not all students will be continuing with the school when it moves but they will be able to grow their program much bigger than if they stayed here.
What a roller coaster of a ride these past few years have been. I am curious to see what will happen next. I am excited about the change in spite of the daunting logistics it will bring.
We have the rest of the year to enjoy Ashland and prepare for another move. Next Thanksgiving will be celebrated in Portland...
Back to work! -Renee

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Adding More...

Notice a difference? We are finally transitioning to charcoal drawing and have added tone, or value, to the list of challenges we need to tackle. With the introduction of tone, we also added two more tools to our drawing kit, a black mirror and a white mirror. The white mirror is a plain old mirror. The black one allows us to see the tone easier and flattens the image a bit although everything is reflected backward. Alas, using them does not provide any shortcuts, just more information (and sometimes more confusion).
There are only two pictures this week because each of these pictures took six to seven hours to draw. They really aren't finished pictures either. One begins to see the scale of work involved.
It doesn't really bother me that much. Weavers are used to delayed gratification. Right? As Virginia Harvey used to say when asked how long it took to weave/create that, it takes "many pleasurable hours."
Ok, sometimes the hours aren't pleasurable but if they were, everyone would draw or weave. I must admit though, weaving isn't nearly as painful for me as drawing is at times. I do miss it but will be able to return to it when my schooling is done. That is a great comfort to me. I do still bring my drop spindle to use during lunch break and I hope to haul Jane out for the holidays.
I had to order warmer clothes to wear here in Ashland. Looking around I see we are ringed with snowy mountains and the snowline is about 200 ft. above us. When the wind blows, even a little, it is colder than I am used to. Thankfully the warm clothes came in time for the weekend weather. Our little trailer was rocking in the wind and we had to put our awning away for fear it would be torn off (that happened to us once!).
Due to the holidays, we only have one full day of class next week. I will still go in on Monday on my own as there is a certain child's bike we drew for construction drawing on Friday that made me want to kick it across the room. I will be drawing it again, not kicking it, on Monday. I also just received a portable easel that I can take on a hike with me if I wish to use in our trailer. Like the Jane loom, it folds up and stows away so now I will be able to draw here with comfort if I don't feel like going to the school on the off days.
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone here in the U.S. and a toast to all around the world.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Repetition, Repetition....

It has been an interesting week at school. We continue to do still life drawing day after day. It can get a tiny bit tiresome. I am always glad for Fridays, not because they are the end of the week, but because we get to draw gesture sketches from a live model and it isn't a still life! Friday afternoons we draw a single object and add the construction drawing, but I am getting ahead of myself.
Here is Tuesday's still life drawing:

I know, as usual, hard to see as they are in pencil and deliberately drawn lightly but there is a shoe in the foreground that was rather fun to draw. The two sticks are actually paint brushes greatly simplified. It took me a bit of adjusting of my scale and proportions but I am fairly satisfied with the shape of the vase which had a wonderful round fullness to it.
Here is a drawing from Thursday:

This was challenging because the birdhouse was so much smaller than the toy chair. You really had to turn your mind off, that is the left side, to just draw what you see.
We draw two still life drawings in a school day, each three hours long. And, when I go to the evening class, another three hour still life is drawn. I did go to Tuesday's evening class and skipped Thursday because it was cold with snow and rain mixed, I was tired, I needed a bit of down time to digest some rather deep learning experiences, and I really just wanted a cozy evening with my guy and dog. None of those are good states to be in when concentrating on a drawing and when they hit all at once, it is time to retire for the evening.
Friday's construction drawing session was very satisfying. Here it is:
A simple little red sleigh. I should explain a bit here. With a construction drawing we start out drawing the object visually, which is how we usually draw still life. After we get it as close as we can visually, we add the perspective in to correct angles and lines. The corrections are usually very small, sometimes a line-width or up to 1/8th of an inch. Anything more and you know you need to correct it a bit more visually before moving onto construction.
In spite of all the repetition, I do notice a few things that change. The still life set-ups are getting more complex. They are also getting faster to draw and easier to process. Notice I didn't say easier to draw! We are all getting better. Most importantly, my understanding is getting deeper. That is very exciting to me. One other change is the sketchbook requirement. We are now required to keep a sketchbook. We have been asked to sketch people and animals in quick gesture sketches, never longer than 2 minutes a "pose." We have a minimum of 20 sketches a week. With the weather turning colder, it is a welcomed excuse to go sit in a cafe in the corner with something lovely and hot to drink and sketch, which is where I can be found tomorrow afternoon! Healthful, healing, and warm thoughts to all. -Renee

Monday, November 9, 2009

Week 5

First I wish to thank those who left such encouraging comments on my last post. I appreciate the comments! I am a day late posting because I went for a hike with my husband up Grizzly Peak instead of getting the pictures taken. The day and the views were breathtakingly beautiful.
The still life set-ups we are drawing are getting more and more complex. All of us are improving rapidly and are catching many of our own mistakes. The process goes faster and easier, well sort of!
I see that Sue at Life Looms Large got to see the documentary "Who Does She Think She Is?" I am envious as there is no screening within a few hundred miles of me. I have contacted the Ashland Independent Film Festival about the movie and I got a nice e-mail saying they will look into it. I would love to have it come here and I think there would be others interested as well. Theresa, any suggestions? I have been following the progress of the screenings online with updates and all.
So, here are two drawings from this week.

The second one is very light at hard to photograph and therefore see. I think all of us had fun drawing the second one. The teacher put that one up to force us into seeing abstract shapes.
The first drawing was interesting to draw too.
The gesture sketching on Friday went well and for the construction drawing we drew a watering can. It only took us an hour and a half so those of us who stayed until the bitter end got to construct another drawing.
I have a special treat this week. The Ashland Academy of Art was featured in a local TV program that is also online. They give a tour of the school and talk about what it takes to learn and be an artist. You can view that here by clicking on the link.
Finally, I have a request for Dana W. The e-mail I have for you is no longer working! Could you please send an email to me with your current address? Thanks Dana!
Tomorrow is a long day so I will end this here. Until the weekend, -Renee

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Art School-Week Four

This was an interesting week for several reasons. One is that I am getting used to the schedule and am not quite so tired by the end of the week! That is a relief. The still life setups are getting more complex but the process is getting easier. By process, I mean it is getting easier to spot my errors on my own, I catch more of them, and the technique comes easier. The act of drawing itself remains intense and challenging as I think it always will.
The picture above is of the still life we did in the Tuesday evening class. It was fun to have a more complex object to draw. The still life below was Thursday afternoon. I would have liked to add a lot more detail and shading but that is not the purpose of this exercise at this time. We are starting to have fabric drapery to draw too. The shapes become more abstract.
The final drawing I posted is from the construction drawing on Friday afternoon. A bit more challenging than the cube we drew the first time. I actually enjoyed this one even though it was pretty tough to get everything going right and still needs a bit more work. We draw the object visually first then add the perspective lines to do the minute corrections usually needed. It is really amazing how the drawing just snaps into place when the construction is added.
I am making a short post this time as I have two posts this week. I am looking forward to next week's challenge! -Renee

Gesture Sketching

First things first. I finally remembered to take my camera with me and take a picture of the school, so here it is! The classes are held on the top floor with the bottom floor being dedicated to rooms for students to livet. I don't live here as I have a husband and dog with me and we wouldn't quite all fit.
I am doing an extra post here to show a bit of the gesture sketching we do on Friday mornings. The gesture sketching session always has a live model for us to draw. One week is a female model and the next week is a male model so we have a variety of shapes and forms. The session lasts three hours and we start of with one minute poses to warm up. It always seems like I just put my pencil on the page when the timer goes off. If you pause to scratch your nose or something, half the time is gone! The picture below is what I get with a one minute pose.
After several one minute poses, we move on to 3 minute, 5 minute, and finally 10 minute poses. Below is a 3 to 5 minute pose (I don't remember which it is).
The final picture below is of a 10 minute pose.
We have timed breaks during the session as it is physically demanding for both us and the model. It is a pleasure for me to draw from a live model. You really begin to appreciate the beauty of the human form in all its variations when you begin to draw it. At the moment, I have to say that Friday's gesture drawing session is my favorite time. It also gives us a break from the relentless intensity of drawing still life.
All the different years draw together at this time. It is always interesting to see what the more advanced students are making of the model. It is also encouraging as we know that we too will be able to draw like that eventually. Friday is the only time the first year students have to draw from a live model. That will be changing next semester when we have more model time (more model fees too!).
Off to post the results from this week's still life...

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Week Three, Adding a New Layer.

This week was a real challenge. In addition to the regular classes, I also attended the recommended evening classes. These are strictly still life and give us more opportunity to practice with more guidance. The classes are on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 9:00. The regular class ends at 4:00. That leaves me just enough time to go home, eat, and come back again. I have had to get extra organized and plan and prep a slow cooker meal the day before so that dinner is all but ready when I walk in the door. My husband has band rehearsal on those evenings too so we both are going out for the evening. It makes for a long, twelve hour day with nine solid hours of drawing.
So, this week's class results. The top picture is a still life we did on Tuesday. As you can see they are getting a bit more complex. I must remind people that none of these are finished works nor do they even come close to being finished. Each one is worked on for three hours and that is it at this time. The duck planter in the above picture was challenging at any angle but I was looking at the tail end of it. I wish I could say I am getting better at drawing books but they give me a hard time too. I am planning to draw stacks of books tomorrow to see if I can become the queen of drawing books, or at least the duchess!
This still life was one I set up and drew on my own. I rather like making my own still life compositions. Note that I included books knowing how much I needed to work on them. I was tweaking the tea cup when time was up so it still looks rather lopsided. We are starting to include shadows as shapes in our still life. One exercise we did this week was to draw the shapes of the shadows and light. Very challenging because it required a shift in the way we looked at the objects. I suspect we will be doing more of that as it was the final still life we did on Thursday.
Friday was the usual model sketching and construction drawing. I must say that model sketching is my favorite thing at the moment. I say at the moment because for us first year students, it is still an occasional treat. The other students do a lot more model sketching. It is as tiring to the artist as it is to the model. I suspect that when we do a lot more model sketching we will look back at the long hours of sitting at an easel with some longing. Break times are interesting at the school when they happen to converge. The first year students all stand while the others all flop into chairs. I will do a special post on just gesture sketching with pictures of the drawing progression. The picture below is of Friday's construction drawing. Friday afternoon was painful as I was so very tired from such a busy week it was all I could do not to lean my face against my drawing and fall asleep. We had to draw a stack of the Duplo Lego blocks. I had just sketched in the nubby things for reference at this point. The perspectives all seemed to be going in the right direction when it was time to leave but we sort of packed up a few minutes early and the teacher hadn't gotten back to us for another evaluation. It wouldn't have done me any good anyway as I was so very tired, nothing more was sinking in. It makes me tired just looking at the drawing!
Another round for next week. It does seem like we progress a bit with every session. Not so much in the way the pictures look at this point but in the way we draw and perceive the objects. I am starting to catch my own errors in placement and proportion, which is good. I have always been the sort that has to make almost every mistake in the book before I get it right but I do eventually learn. I think I will take a Sunday afternoon rest up for next week!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Jumping into week two

It has been both a productive and expansive week. It was the first full week with my new schedule and it seems to be working out fine. I had a full day in the studio Monday on my own. Wednesday morning I took my dog to the dog park and got in a little gesture sketching before heading to the school for some afternoon studio time. The other days were full on instructional class. It seems like every day we go a little further and skills become stronger. The teacher never lets us get too comfortable though and keeps raising the bar. Here are two more of the still life exercises we did this week.

Again, a bit hard to see, the pencil marks are never very heavy nor are the drawings ever complete. We simply draw for three hours then stop, no matter where we are and move on to another one. We will have longer set ups soon I am told. In the top drawing I was in the process of re-adjusting the center when time ran out. We are starting to add shadows, much to my relief. The second drawing was undergoing a few adjustments as well when time was called. I must admit, the top drawing left me feeling like I had been beaten black and blue. My only comfort was that my fellow students looked like they were reeling along with me by the end.
Friday we had gesture sketching with a live model in the morning and construction drawing in the afternoon, again. Last week we had a male model and this week a female. The female model is a bit more challenging to draw as we ladies have a lot more curves. I also think the female body is more fun to draw for that reason. I forget with all our culture's focus on such a narrow (and unrealistic, literally) definition on what makes a so-called "beautiful' female form just how beautiful and graceful a real woman's female form really is. It was a pleasure to realize through sketching that yes, we women are beautiful in all our shapes and sizes and no matter what our age.
The best moment of the week came, believe it or not, during construction drawing. Construction drawing starts out with a subjective drawing, we draw what we see, then we add perspective to bring in some objectivity. I finally got this concept in a large Ah Ha moment. All of a sudden everything clicked and it all made sense. My drawing snapped into shape too. We are still drawing shapes but will apply this to objects next Friday. Here is my drawing. I didn't get a chance to finish all the corrections on it but you can get the idea,

Oh, I must add at this point, we don't use rulers but draw our lines free-hand, holding the pencil in the correct manner, which isn't the same way we hold a pencil to write with. I have already adjusted to this and it is automatic. I am already addicted to drawing with my lead holder too.
The hexagon was not exactly facing me square on but slightly turned. That added a nice challenge to getting the angles and planes just right.
The other tools we use at this point are a plumb line and a dowel or rod. Soon we will also be using mirrors to aid our precision.
In the midst of all of this, it is fun to take a break and look over at what the more advanced students are doing. Not that they have it any easier than we do. I see that it will be a struggle for quite a while. I am where I need to be so "it's all good' as a certain young friend of mine likes to say. That is it for this week. I am looking forward to next week. -Renee

Sunday, October 11, 2009

First week of School, Done!

OK, I know this doesn't look like much and the drawing is a challenge to photograph. This is one of the still life drawings we did this week. At this point we are starting from the beginning. We are just trying to get the shapes in the right proportion and position. We are not adding shadows except to block them in to help us in positioning. We are learning to train our eye and mind to ask the proper questions to accurately get things down on paper. The types of questions are, "is the object on the paper proportionately bigger or smaller than the real object." I say proportionately because scale (overall) doesn't play much into the drawing at this point. "Is the angle of the edge greater or smaller?" "Do the centers match up?" And so on and so forth. It is amazing when you think you have it and the instructor sits down and begins to ask you these questions. You look and all of a sudden you can see that yes, you made the basket too large, the angles are too sharp, etc. The teacher tells us that our eye and mind already know the answer, we just have to ask the right question. So we are learning how to ask the right questions. It is harder than it seems. In retrospect, the questions seem so obvious and simple, but when you are focused and rendering the drawing, for some reason they are harder to ask. It does get easier though. With each one I learn to ask more questions and can "see" the answer on my own. I've had to start over more than once!
Friday class was wonderful and exhausting. We had gesture sketching in the morning session. All of us students, in every year, gathered with our easels in a large circle and a live model in the center. Our objective was to capture the "gesture" of the pose. No detail, just the rhythm and sense of movement. We started with one minute poses then went on to three, five, and ten minute poses. This was over a three hour time period! It was mentally and physically demanding. We had breaks and all of us usually flopped into a chair and shook out our hands, arms, and shoulders. I really enjoy this exercise. There is music going to keep up the energy and the focus in the room is so intense. The only other sounds are the sound of pencils and charcoal moving over paper and the constant beep (or so it seems) of the timer.
The afternoon was spent drawing a cube. That is it, a cube. I used to be able to draw a cube! Friday afternoons are dedicated to construction drawing. In addition to proportion, we add perspective. The proportion has to be right or else the perspective goes awry. Sometimes the change in the drawing that was needed was incredibly minute but it made the difference between the perspective working, or not. Sigh...
It was a good week. I am loving it. As I have mentioned before, I feel as if I have come home.
The work is hard but extremely satisfying.
One final addition is a link that I found very interesting. It is to a trailer for a documentary that hits very close to home to me personally, and other women artists. It is called "Who Does She Think She Is". It isn't very long and you can see it here. I will also put it in the links list.
Off to get ready for next week, -Renee

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

First Day of School

Today was the first day of school and I am tired, tired, tired, and still pretty excited. I will probably be posting on the weekends but had to post for the first day of school.
First I have to say that the Ashland Academy of Art is wonderful. Everyone is friendly, both students and teachers. The school is all on one floor and divided into different stations. Us first year students were in the still life section and our easels were gathered around one end. All around us were students painting still lifes and through a partition there were students painting live models. We were so focused on what we were trying to achieve that I seldom looked around. It was only when I got up to get a drink of water or used the restroom that I would see all the artistic industry going on around us. Quite a busy and productive place. The sounds were of scraping easels and chairs, instructors teaching or correcting individuals, and somewhere a timer going off for the next pose.
After a brief introduction the Master Artist put us to work. Here is the first thing we worked on,
A cylinder on top of books with a cube and a ball. Our task was to get the proportions correct using relative measurements. This is how far all of us got after nearly three hours!
We had a welcomed one hour break for lunch and then we came back for round two.

This set up was a little more complicated and gave me the most problem getting the proportions right. We worked for three solid hours on this one. I know the pictures are kind of hard to see. It was dark by the time I was able to take pictures. Hopefully the future pictures will look better as I will be able to take them in the daylight hours.

Doesn't look like much does it? I have to say that I learned a tremendous amount today. It is challenging to get the mind, body, and eye to work together in this way. It is a start and I am very satisfied.

Our teacher very kindly said, as we filed out wearily, "I know it is painful but it will get easier in three years!"
Bring it on!
Off to bed and then back at school tomorrow.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Beginning a New Life

Next week, I start a four year journey through art school. I am very excited and a tiny bit nervous. Going into a new situation is like that sometimes. This blog will be about my journey. I will be posting my progress, thoughts, triumphs, and tragedies.
So to begin...
I sometimes keep a writing journal. I tend to write in spurts, sometimes daily for a week or sometimes daily for a few months, then a break for a few months or a year. Several years ago, something started to creep into my journal writing. It expressed a desire to pursue a very deeply hidden dream to be a professional artist and to get the proper training to create the images that keep appearing in my design journals. At the time, it just did not seem remotely possible. We were settled, my husband had a long teaching career, no time, no money... the usual roadblocks that can be hard to see around. I kept writing, and designing, and creating, and the desire and idea persisted. Then, a few years ago, life suddenly shifted. Suddenly the dream became possible and we began a two year journey to leave the old life story and begin a new one. It was a challenging, and sometimes heartbreaking, two years but we made it through and suddenly I find that I am starting art school next week!
Every story has a beginning so here are two drawings that I drew and am posting as a "before art school" marker of my progress.

I have done a few portraits but drawing the human figure is my weakest point. It is also what I wish to learn to draw the most.
I will be attending the Ashland Academy of Art. It will be challenging and a lot of hard work but the rewards will be beyond satisfying.
The blog is bare-bones at the moment. I will be filling in links, interesting bits of information, and all the other goodies over the next couple of weeks.
For those old friends coming here from my weaving blog, welcome! Here I am! I made it to the beginning, again.
I hope you like the new blog!
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