July 4, 2008
It is the end of the first week of classes and the only way I can describe it is "art boot camp" (another guy in the class calls them Art Nazi's). I spend the mornings walking with Faith (the only time she gets out), we usually go get crema, her favorite. And then I start the 3 mile walk to class, then upstairs to the ninety degree studio with gorgeous light but no open windows where we start sight sizing. Anyone familiar with this process knows that the Renaissance painters suffered for their art.
1. Spike your mark 10 or so feet from drawing so you always go back to the same spot.
2. Use plumline to measure area of cast, walk back to easle and mark a line. Walk to spot and chek measurement. Walk to easle and fix it because it will be wrong.
3. Do this process about a hundred more times until you have a geometric drawing of what the cast would look like if in fact it were geometric, which it isn't.
4. Then do the same process all over again with the shadows and then half tones (this takes days). Where's my bamboo stick.
The charcoal that we use is made by hand by a little french man.
This is one of the most challenging art classes I've taken and absolutely amazing. Just what I hoped it would be.