Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Evening Art Class - Artists' Work

Our Monday evening art class have some strong drawings and watercolors to show for their first semester.
While some of the artists have art backgrounds, some of our students are beginners.  With an admiration for contemporary artists and the masters, we explore composition, drawing medium and color.  Here are some examples of their work.

Quiet study of "Lemons in Cloth", charcoal on paper

Strength of this drawing is the perspective of the artist.
The still life has always been a subject of the masters.  The simplicity of objects around us can call on us to look at their shapes, the relationship of the objects to each other, to their surroundings, the way the light falls on them and the perspective of the individual artist.  How they compose, from what perspective they make the drawing come to life and the way they use their materials suggests to the viewer a quick view of who they are and how they perceive the world.
The structure of the objects become sculptural.  The shapes
interrelate; gravity keeps them silent.

 Once color is added a whole new dynamic comes to life.
The richness of the warms and cools and neutrals help bring an empty piece of paper to life.

Shapes and forms are defined.  Shadows come alive.

These pears, sitting in the sun, suggest the artist is
in a warm climate such as the southwest - colors
of  New Mexico.

Another still life which reminds us of the southwest but actually the jars and jugs are from Africa, a pine cone and an apple accompany them.

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