Thursday, June 28, 2007

Fly Away 11x14 Acrylic

I like to just sit down and go where the brush takes me. No model or reference material. Just painting for fun with imagined images. It's more like painting an idea than anything else. Maybe it's a sketch for a larger painting. Maybe it is what it is.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Kate Skaloud's Work

I've never done this before, but I was so taken by these drawings by artist Kate Skaloud, that I wanted to provide a place where they can be seen. Kate recently took up drawing and painting again after a 24 year absence. She is largely self-taught. I am most envious of this fact. Pierre Bonnard strongly felt that art should not be taught, that each person should be given the freedom to develop his or her talent without the undo influence of a teacher trying to reproduce a carbon copy of himself. I am not the purist that Bonnard was on this subject, but I agree with him to a degree. Artists should be taught how to see more than how to draw or paint. If I had to do it over again, I would seek out a few artists I admire who offer workshops (such as Daniel Greene) rather than seeking a B.A. Degree. Here, Kate's work displays a clarity of vision and delicacy of line that I hope continues to blossom through the best teacher, which is time spent at the easel. Kate lives with her husband in Galva, Illinois.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Freedom 5x7 Acrylic


Saturday, June 16, 2007

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Tana 2 Acrylic 11x14

A 30 minute pose from life drawing this afternoon. Tana has the bliuest eyes I have ever seen on a human being. I love these quick sessions. Very spontaneous.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Sunday, June 3, 2007

A Day At The Races 7x9 Acrylic


On Memorial Day, there are bicyle races through the streets in the District in Rock Island. I love the movement and the color.