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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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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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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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WTF: Learn to Draw Horses!

Posted by admin on March 8, 2016 in drawing | No Comments

I grew up with five older siblings. We had around the house lots of books and toys from eras past, representing the accumulated passing interests of a slew of children. I never knew where most of the stuff came from or to whom it originally belonged. It was just there. Of these random vintage possessions, […]

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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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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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A truck stop for fishermen

Posted by admin on June 29, 2015 in composition, drawing, drawing on location, light | No Comments

The University of Washington Drama drawing class wrapped up with a field trip to Fishermen’s Terminal, a moorage for both working and pleasure boats, with restaurants and services for fishermen and -women. We we accompanied by our intrepid and always-dapper model Amanda. Context brings so much life to life drawing, but is inexplicably left out […]

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