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Quick Sketch workshop debuts

The first 3-hour quick-sketch workshop I offered at Riley Street At Supply on Saturday, August 18th was attended by four students, with experience ranging from none to intermediate. After a half-hour or so of preparation, we went out to sketch at two very different locations within two blocks of t he store. Mission San Rafael Arcangel provided the opportunity to sketch traditional architecdtural forms and palm trees in full sunlight. The City Plaza area offered scenes including small storefront eateries, umbrellas over outdoor seating, and modern buildings.

I learned a great deal about helping beginner students avoid some common pitfalls. As for more experienced artists who want to loosen up,  there are some helpful hints for them, too.  From a practical point of view, my materials list will have to include a wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen and water supply. I plan to offer this workshop on a regular basis (monthly?). Stay tuned.

Quick Sketch Demo a Success!

My 2-hour presentation at Riley Street Art Supply “drew a crowd” of about 20 enthusiastic attendees. I showed slides of my sketches, created over several years in a wide variety of settings, and countries. I laid out my pencils, pens and various kinds of paper for folks to practice with. I did only a little actual sketching, and will do much more of that next time.

Here’s a response from one participant, Judith J.

I thoroughly enjoyed your demo on Saturday. Your presentation was warm, funny, informative and helpful. I tried to apply some of your techniques at our Monday Morning Sketching Group in a beautiful garden this morning …. It’s all a wondrous experience.


Drawing demos and workshops

I will be offering the following  demonstrations and workshops at Riley Street Art Center, 1138 4th Street,  San Rafael, CA:

Quick Sketching for Travelers (or anyone on the go):

FREE demo on August 11, from 11am to 1pm

Workshop: Saturday, August 18th, 2-5pm $50. Download the materials list: Quick Sketch Techniques

The Art of Caricature

FREE demo: Saturday, September 15th 11am to 1pm

Workshop: Saturday, September 22, 2 to 4pm. $35  Materials provided



Mixed Media. Digital Nudes Printed On Paper And Adhered To Canvas. Acrylic Paint, Glass Bead Gel And Pencil Added.

Artist of the Month at Curves

My mixed media painting, 7 figures—rwz is hanging on display at the Curves fitness center in Mill Valley, CA until the end of July. There has been a great deal of interest in the piece, and quite a bit of speculation about what the painting means. I have posted the following explanation:

Each of the seven images of female nudes began as a digital painting of a live model, in short poses ranging from one to five minutes.

I printed the digital figures on Japanese paper, then cut them out and adhered them to a blank canvas. Acrylic  “skins” were added: the spiral shapes and squiggles. Areas of grainy texture were made with Glass Bead Gel. Acrylic paint, including interference purple for iridescence, and pencil strokes were also used.

This painting is part of a series of acrylic and mixed media works  that begin with two or more digital paintings of the female nude. The letters “rwz” have no particular significance…. they are simply shapes and serve to help me generate titles for paintings.


European concert tour

July 1st
Returned from 18-day European concert tour with I Cantori di Carmel chorus. We sang and sight-saw in Poland, Germany, Belgium and Holland. I drank excellent beer, ate superb chocolate and saw some iconic art in world-class museums including the Van Goggghhh in Amsterdam.

The gothic and baroque architecture in towns such as Wittenberg, Koln and Brugge inspired a group of sketches that are for sale in a new category: Travel Sketches. Take a look.

Collectors’ Corner

Sally from Portland, Oregon came to my studio last year and bought a print of Rachel Reclining.

She just sent me a photo showing how it looks framed and hanging in her guest bathroom. I welcome all of my collectors to share how my artwork looks on their walls.

Open Studios event, continued

OK, here is the digital painting by three-year old Noa (a girl).

Now check out the work of a 6-year old named Forest (also a girl) and nine-year old Lily.

These images were created by each of these little girls using Corel Painter 11 on a MacBook Pro and a Wacom tablet, after about a minute of instruction from me. Many adults need a lot longer to get the hang of it.

Marin Open Studios

On the weekend of May 12 and 13 about 35 artists in Sausalito’s ICB Art Center opened their doors to the public for this annual county-wide event.  Holding court in studio 306A, I enjoyed meeting dozens of new art lovers as well as seeing familiar friends and collectors. These photos were taken by Susan Fan-Brown.

One of the best parts of the event for me was introducing several more people to hands-on digital art with Corel Painter and a Wacom tablet. My youngest “student” was a three-your-old who jumped right in and began scribbling ferociously. I’ll post her painting as soon as I get a signed release from her people.

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