Archive for the ‘drawing on location’ Category

Field Trips: Putting the Life, and the story, into Life Drawing

Posted by admin on June 22, 2017 in drawing, drawing on location, teaching | No Comments

Time to fess up: I became a painter partly to escape the clutches of an anarchistic theatre collective which had come to resemble the authoritarian structures that it mocked. The idea of spending hours and hours alone in a studio mixing paint seemed preferable to spending hours and hours in meetings arguing about who resembled […]

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Autopia

Posted by admin on January 31, 2017 in drawing on location | No Comments

Last summer, I started a project: drawing the Alaskan Way Viaduct in its final years. This highway from the fifties is a loud, ugly, overbearing monstrosity that blocks the waterfront, drowns out conversations, spews tire dust everywhere, dominates the cityscape, and reminds us of a less enlightened age when freeways obliterating the human-scale landscape seemed […]

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The Ghosts of Industry

Posted by admin on November 4, 2016 in drawing, drawing on location | No Comments

After six weeks of figure drawing in a very crowded studio, my University of Washington Drama grads were finally able to spread out a bit. We were lucky enough to score a field trip to the Millworks building in Seattle’s SODO Industrial district, and had the entire two-story vacant former sawmill to ourselves. The building […]

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The world is our studio

Posted by admin on June 10, 2016 in drawing on location | No Comments

This spring my University of Washington drama grads and I went on a whopping five field trips around town. Seattle abounds in outrageously draw-able scenery, even more so if you explore past the typical tourist sites and find those gems that are hidden in plain sight. Since this is a life drawing class, we are […]

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Painting scenery

Posted by admin on April 26, 2016 in drawing, drawing on location | No Comments

My University of Washington Drama students and I went on a little drawing excursion this month to a train station that isn’t really a train station, with stone walls that aren’t really stone. No passengers have embarked upon their adventures from Seattle’s Union Station since 1971 when the last train stopped here. This 1911 beauty […]

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Screen Time

Posted by admin on January 29, 2016 in drawing, drawing on location | No Comments

The screen stare/phone fondle: a posture so perfectly emblematic of our cultural moment. When these distracted creatures are not running you down on a city sidewalk, they make excellent drawing subjects. There are ample opportunities for drawing people in this classic pose. Personally, my preferred setting is the bus. Invariably, subjects are so enraptured by […]

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Shhhhhhhh!

Posted by admin on December 15, 2015 in drawing, drawing on location | No Comments

My UW Drama grads and I made our annual pilgrimage to the spectacular Seattle Central Public Library in November, accompanied by the ubiquitous and always-stylish model Amanda, dressed to match the architecture in a pattern of multicolored trapezoids that referenced the steel grid covering the building. We met up at nine and had an hour […]

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