Holiday Shows

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Highway 89 9.5″x20″ watercolor $600.00

If anyone is looking for some original art to give this Christmas, I will have some paintings at a couple of Galleries. “Highway 89” and a couple of other water colors will be at Art Access 230 South 500 West #125, Salt Lake City from November 17th until Christmas.

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“Shepherd holding a Lamb” Oil on wood by Sherry Meidell $75.00

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“Mice Cooking” Oil on wood by Sherry Meidell $75.00

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“Mice Reading” Oil on Wood $75.00

Bountiful Davis Art Center’s Holiday Show , 90 North Main Street, Bountiful, starts November 18th through December 23rd. I have three wood paintings and a Santa watercolor at the BDAC. You can take the art with you when you buy.

www.bdac.org

www.accessart.org

 

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Trying to Catch the Essence

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Sketch of Brent Laycock

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Brent Laycock presenting at the Utah Watercolor Society.

I had my sketch book open, my pen was flying over the paper sketching Brent Laycock. He was demonstrating at the Utah Watercolor Society. My friend Manelle Oliphant was sketching next to me. Up the row from us I could hear a camera clicking. Manelle leaned over and said I think your friend is taking pictures of us. (Rule number one when sketching someone: Don’t draw attention to yourself.) When you are watching a demo or listening to someone speak, you have a model standing right in front of you or seated around you. It’s a great opportunity to do some sketching. Here are a few things I think about when I’m sketching people.

It’s nice to watch the person you are sketching so you can catch some of his or her mannerisms, personality and how they move. You are trying to capture the personality as much as the shapes of the face.

You have to forget yourself completely or you’ll pull yourself out of the moment.

You don’t want the person you are sketching to know you are drawing him. It will make him self conscious and you’ll lose the natural poses.

What feature stands out the most or where do you want to start the sketch. It’s kind of like psyching yourself up for a sport.competition. You look and you let your pen fly on the gesture or angle that captures your attention.

Sometimes the first try doesn’t make it. So now that you’ve warmed up, you try again.

People move so the view you are looking at might change. I wait until the person turns back into the same pose and add a few details or where the shadows lie.

When do you stop? With the drawing of Brent Laycock, I stopped when I drew the line between his eyebrows. With that final touch, I was done.

Just like with other things practice – practice – practice makes you quicker and less self conscious.. If you practice enough you can have someone walk by you and you can sketch them from your memory.

 

Www.utahwatercolor.org

www.brentlaycock.com

 

 

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#Inktober Day 32 (Bonus)

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#Inktober Day 32 (Bonus)

Thanks to all of you who have joined me on this Inktober journey. I got to know Jumbo and Matthew Scott as I drew them this month. If you would like to know more of this true story, you can read Candace Flemings story “A Jumbo Story” in the book Guys Read: True Stories by Jon Scieszka. I got to know my pen better this month and how to put some pen and ink to paper. It became something I looked forward to. Thanks for your comments and sharing this month with me.

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#Inktober Day 31

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#Inktober Day 31

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#Inktober Day 30

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#Inktober Day 30 Sherry Meidell

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#Inktober Day 29

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#Inktober Day 29 Sherry Meidell

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#Inktober Day 28

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#Inktober Day 28

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#Inktober Day 27

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#Inktober Day 27 Sherry Meidell

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#Inktober Day 26

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#Inktober Day 26 Sherry Meidell

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#Inktober Day25

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#Inktober Day 25

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