Drapery Study (2018)
Charcoal heightened with white conte on Gray Paper
16 x 22″
When I teach drawing classes, I try to find a balance between formal, academic drawing and experimental markmaking which allows the student to express themselves more freely. I find studies like this to be incredibly valuable. The level of complexity requires an ability to see past details and break down the subject into simple shapes.
“All good work is from the general to the particular, from the mass to the detail. Keep that in mind as a fundamental principal of all good work, whatever the kind.”
~ Daniel Pankhurst
This type of work also trains the student to work with focus for extended periods of time. It requires commitment, and a strong work ethic.
For my current class schedule, please visit Lake Tahoe Community College.
Light Bearer (2018)
Oil on Linen
21 x 16″
After making a Master Copy – imitation – the next step for my students is to apply the skills they have learned by copying, by making a painting of their own design in the style of the master – emulation. This exercise has a long tradition in art education, and was a crucial step for apprentices in the Renaissance.
This portrait of my daughter reflects the influence of Léon Joseph Florentin Bonnat, whose masterwork ‘An Egyptian Peasant Woman and Her Child ‘ (1869–1870) I copied as a demonstration piece for my Oil Painting class in the Fall of 2017.