Hefty Tiles

January 18th – Hefty Tiles


Oh, we had so much FUN! It was a great group of hard working clay artists! We built some fantastic hefty tiles and the designs were so diverse and fun! I really enjoyed watching everyone work. Here are some photos from the evening!





Daisy, Daisy…..

wpid-20170117_121503.jpgwpid-20170117_123603.jpgWe didn’t just draw daisies today, we drew specific daisies. We really worked hard on observation and representing specific flowers with all of their oddities and imperfections. We also got to dissect some of those pesky foreshortened petal views that are so difficult to deal with. Great exercise that will benefit you in your future flower drawings.





Choose Your Poison

wpid-20170116_200725.jpgIt was an anything goes kind of night. Loraine wanted to do some super soft blending so she chose the O’Keeffe. Paul was feeling a little Carmen Miranda, so he painted some super funky bananas. Brenda really enjoyed the spoons in greyscale, so she tried her hand at adding color while concentrating on value. All in all, a pretty productive evening!


Monwpid-20170109_201949.jpgday night, we addressed the greyscale still life in Shiloh. The girls did a great job mixing and remixing the same greys over…and over….and over. It was a good exercise in value and in color mixing.




Tuesday, we did the same image, but everyone chose their own colors. We focusedon choosing the proper value independent of the color chosen. It was a fun and beneficial exercise that let everyone experience the fun of random color along with the importance of proper values.





wpid-20170103_123713.jpgWhat could be better than always having something to draw at the end of your arm? When you’re at a loss, draw yourself. You’ll learn so much trying to draw the forms of the face. I think the brain is more devious when drawing ourselves than at any other artistic endeavor. If we ever had to battle drawing what we think we see, this is definitely the worst. But, if we are really focused and observant, we can overpower that know-it-all brain and produce great drawings! Everyone worked very hard today and did a great job.

Ho Ho Woof



We got into the Christmas spirit today with some Santa Puppy drawing fun. ¬†Everyone chose a different dog, and we worked hard on value and proportion. There was a lot of discussion about measuring, comparing values, and line use. Ok, there was also a lot of awwwwing and oooohing over the cute puppies. It’s always fun to draw adorable!




Pine Forest

wpid-20161213_124427.jpgWe had a lesson on pine trees today. It’s very easy to let your brain take over and create trees that look stylized. That’s what our brains do. But with some careful observation, and some deconstruction, we were able to beat our know-it-all brains and create some really lovely and realistic pine trees touched with snow. Such a lovely and quiet painting.