Sunday, February 12, 2017

More Photos from Photo Workshop

Learning to remember all the things that impact a photo image is a challenge.   One more class this weekend with Jim Henderson at Callaway Gardens.    I need to take the Lightroom class next so I can manage all these images I've taken!!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Photography - Callaway Gardens

These photos were taken at Callaway Gardens.   I'm experimenting with lens and depth of field.   Jim Henderson teaches a three weekend class at Callaway Gardens each year.   I've been wanting to take this class to improve my skills.    It's a great series if you are looking for a way to learn that digital camera.   I use a Nikon D3300.    

Friday, December 23, 2016

Christmas Cards in Watercolor 2016

Several months ago I bought watercolor cards, thinking I'd make some personalized cards for friends.    Like a lot of things I never got around to it.    While volunteering at the Cultural Arts Center last week I had time on my hands so I sketched a few scenes.    Yesterday I was so sick.   One of those sick, sick sick days.   I decided it was a good time to get my mind off being sick so I did a few quick watercolors for cards for each of my granddaughters for Christmas.     Love the medium and will definitely do more.    I think in the future I'll do graphite pencil sketches of detail and then apply watercolor washes and end with pen.    I sorta did that on these but not necessarily in that order.    How soon we forget!!   I just complete a drawing class where we worked on shape and shadow.    I have 6 more cards in the package so I'll work on something with more detail in future.    This is a great way for artist at any level to enjoy painting and to use their art to share with family and friends. Think I'll try a few botanical drawings!!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Finishing Up With Drawing I at UWG

"The Thinker" - graphite, ebony pencil and paper - December 2016 - Janet Deal
Our final assignment in Drawing I was to stage a photo and make a 8x10 BW print.   We then were charged to do a realistic representation using a grid.   We basically did a 1/2 inch square grid over the entire 8x10 and then transferred the grid to a 1 inch to create a 16 x 20 drawing.    I enjoyed the 1 inch square drawing approach.    The only issues I ran into was the lack of clarity in the photo around the eyes.    Next time I will be more careful with the focus on the important facial features.      My pouting "thinker" pose with the fireplace broom was designed to add some humor to my portfolio!    I'm anxious to try this technique on a photo of my granddaughter.    

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Drawing - Still Life

We are continuing our drawing of still life.   Frankly I'm a little tired of these pieces but I see the value in drawing multiple objects at different angles and depths.    Our final assignment will be a self portrait then Drawing I will be over.   Kinda crazy I took Advanced Drawing first....I'll probably take it again in the summer of 2017 and then move on to Drawing II Fall of 2017.    I haven't had time for much painting but hope to plan a painting trip to do some plein air after the first of the year.   Maybe go somewhere "warm".  

Saturday, November 12, 2016

More Fun On Jekyll Island

We walked the Historic District today at Jekyll Island.    So many beautiful things to photograph.   We did some macro work today and talked a lot about design and composition. 

Friday, November 11, 2016