Another Drawing for Principle

Here’s the second drawing done for Principle’s September Drawing Show. It’s on Hannemuhle’s Antique Rose paper, which is very sensitive, a lovely surface to work on, and sucks moisture right out of the air. All the buckling visible in the photo...

Art Lessons

Teaching Drawing and Painting Skills Drawing and painting are comprised of skills that can be taught, and anyone willing to work hard can learn to do both well. I concentrate on teaching the principles behind excellent drawing, color and painting, instead of...

Fair Has Nothing To Do With It

A book trailer for Fair Has Nothing To Do with It, by Cynthia Cotten. Every year, twelve-year-old Michael looks forward to his summer visit to his grandparent’s farm, to the sights and sounds of the country that always make him feel so alive, and especially to...

Black IS a color

Blacks are purple-blues, in varying degrees of chroma and to some extent value. It’s easy to see why mixing a PB into yellow will give you mud! The key is to hold the right hue and chroma as you bring the values down to their lowest. Since all the great painters...

Master studies and questions

After discussing verdaccios with a friend I thought it would be instructive to actually try one. I found this image of a detail from Mantegna’s Il Parnasso, and made a 16″ x 12″ panel for it. I had in mind to work up a fully realized underpainting in...