Going Backwards to Move Forwards

One of my goals while being in Scottsdale is to get back to basics. So many times I find myself moving ahead to quickly.

The most fundamental part of painting is the drawing. Eighty percent of the issues that occur while painting are drawing problems. It’s like building a house and not spending the necessary time to get the framing correct. Putting on the textures and colors are the fun part, put will never be successful if the first foundations are not laid down correctly. The Scottsdale Artists School has many daily opportunities to draw from live model, which I plan to take full advantage of.

Wednesday night we had a wonderful model, here are some of my quick sketches.
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These were using a sepia conte crayon on newsprint-IMG_1328

-using a charcoal pencil  on newsprint-

IMG_1326using a white Nupastel and charcoal pencil on grey Canson paper. Can’t wait until the next session!

We’re headed off to the Best and Brightest Opening tonight, featuring the top paintings by SAS students!