Wednesday, June 2, 2010
GCWS June Meeting: Greg Albert guest speaker
The meeting gave me information on the clubs annual exhibit at Evergreen (9/19 - 10/30) and the opportunity to listen to an enjoyable and informative speaker.
This month's speaker was Greg Albert. He is an artist, art historian, teacher, writer, editor and publisher. I was excited to hear him speak because I have read his articles in the Artist Magazine and I have participated in a focus group that he lead for FW Publishing several years back.
Greg began with the horizon line like all the books except he stated that the KEY was that the horizon line is synonymous with your eye level. How simple and clear is that statement. Greg went on to show us posters, explaining the KEY to perspective drawing with his own drawings.
These drawings showed us how the horizon line was at your eye level, while the picture plane was like looking through a large picture window (which represents your drawing paper or canvas) and the ground line was where you stand.
I purchased one of his books called The Simple Secret to Better Painting which shows you how by one rule you can improve your compositions. The rule is Never make any two intervals the same. Greg calls it the golden rule of design.
Greg has a box with objects in it that he uses for these drawings. He uses several or maybe just one that he turns a few different ways to create the drawing. If time is short he uses a pair of shoes.
His tools are a sketchbook, a gel pen, and some type of medium(s) for color (wc, wc crayon, art sticks/pencils, oil pastels...) Using a few objects from his box, he takes his pen and begins a contour drawing. He puts down just enough detail to get the shape somewhat to scale. The "fun" happens when he adds color. Greg experiments with mixing different mediums. Maybe working out something that he might use on a fine art piece. The goal is to see how far you can take the drawing in the alloted time. What a great way to use your "right" brain!
I left the meeting feeling excited and confident in how I could improve my drawing skills. So, HURRAY for summer! I can not wait for next months meeting :-)
The studio is calling----