May
12
2010

First Plein Air of 2010 by Wilson Bickford

 

It has been "unseasonably" warm here in northern New York the past several days. Temperatures have been in the 60's, which is practically unheard of for March. The forecast says we can plan on this break not lasting and we'll be back to reality next week.

Yesterday was a beautiful day, so I hauled out my travel easel and paints and headed out for something scenic to paint.

Pictured here is the result of my little field trip. This is a spot located just a very few miles down the road from me. With the snow melting and all the run-off, this spot was "percolating." Just rushing water! This is the view from the bridge, which is where I set up shop. It's a secondary road, so traffic is minimal and I managed to squeeze into a safer perch behind a guardrail.

Though most of the "ground snow" is gone now, there is still a lot of snow and ice around the river and nearby banks. This particular view is hemmed in with lots of evergreens and cedars and the sunlight that was bathing them resulted in some vivid greens. It was eye-catching and I couldn't have found a nicer spot to try and capture.

I got most of this down and recorded on the spot and finished the closer bark trees when I returned home. I've been waiting all winter to get out and do some painting, so this was a great opportunity for it. I hope the good weather holds on a little longer.

www.wilsonbickford.com
May
12
2010

Where to Take Figure Drawing Classes by Angeline Marie Martinez

 


I was asked recently where to take figure drawing classes. Here are some ideas of how to go about finding at least a group that has a model:

1. Check the local community college for credit & non-credit courses. 
2. Take an online class 
3. Go to the local library and check out DVDs, books, etc. about figure drawings. 
4. Jerry's Artarama has DVDs for free short term rentals at the stores.
5. Contact local art communities and/or galleries.
6. The CD to buy with models on it is called Virtual Pose. Use without worrying about copyright.
7. Visit www.wetcanvas.com and check the forums. This is a great source that might help you with your search.
8. Practice gesture drawings, etc. while watching TV, at the mall, park, etc. This happens to be a great conversation starter, too!

Smiles!
Angeline Marie of 
www.angelinemarie.net
May
12
2010

Boat People - A Painting by Nobody

 

I was extended an invitation to donate some art for an auction benefiting the survivors of the recent earthquake in Haiti. Of course I was more than happy to contribute my talents, so I didn't hesitate to accept.

The painting I've created especially for the fundraiser is entitled Boat People. I wanted to create an image that could perhaps provoke a discussion about perceptions regarding the so-called less fortunate, inhabitants of small third world countries. The pain and agony of Haiti's suffering now pull at our heart. But it wasn't long ago that many saw them as "boat people," illegal immigrants ferrying to America for a better life in makeshift boats.
Boat People, mine is a portrait of humanity. Boat People, because regardless of the tragedy du jour, we're all in the same Boat, People.

Perhaps this painting will serve as a small reminder after the ruble has been cleared, and normalcy of life resumed, of our human commonality. Perhaps the money raised will make someone sleep more comfortably and contribute to rebuilding needed housing. Perhaps our combined efforts of community will, inspire others to know that each of us in our own way can make a difference.

- TMNK
menobodyknows.com

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