Archive for the ‘Academia’ Category


The Swing

February 8, 2013

Jean Honoré Fragonard was known for his remarkable facility in painting. I tried to learn something from this great master by attempting to recreate one of his pictures in oils. During a recent trip to the Wallace Collection in London, I saw the original, up close. The Swing, oil on panel, 11″x14″:



Academia: Demos

December 28, 2011

I taught traditional and digital art courses at DigiPen Institute of Technology in WA. Here’s a sampling of demonstrations for the students.

Figure Drawing:


On creating a mood: Same boat in two different conditions in the spirit of Martin Johnson Heade: Photoshop. Red Sky at Night, 2010:

Misty Morning:

A student sent an email with his assignment attached (left image) asking for advice on this digital painting of a girl descending a staircase. Inspired by the intriguing image (what a costume!), I had a little fun painting over the piece myself (right). Photoshop, 2007:

This colorscript was made using story and character designs from Suzanne Kaufman’s 3D short, Insomnia, as part of a lecture presentation on lighting in 3D. Peter Moehrle split the effort with me, and I threw in the last two frames for dramatic punch. Photoshop, 2010:


The next three were painted in oils from the model in class demonstrations, 2 1/2 hours:

Excerpt from one of my course syllabi:



The painting SATURN by the Spanish artist GOYA.

Saturn Devouring His Son (detail), Francisco Goya

“Painting is not done to decorate apartments, it is an instrument of war.” Pablo Picasso

Rembrandt / W 9:00am-11:50am, F 3:30pm-4:20pm or at specified location, ext 4433

Course Description

Art 230 is a traditional painting course; an introduction to concepts as well as techniques in painting. Equal time will be dedicated to the study of environments, still lifes, and figures. Studio work is complemented by discussion during a contracted Friday session centering around historical and contemporary painting. Development of individual themes is possible with advanced students.

Be prepared for excursions to specific sites of interest. A portable field easel and supplies are required. Materials will be discussed the first day of class. This course culminates in a group show of student work.

II. Course Aims and Objectives

The object of the course is to heighten students’ realization of the visual field. Artist, Josef Albers stated, ‘You can’t be an artist unless and until you’ve devoted considerable time to mindfully exploring the visual field through its elements: line, shape, color, texture, value, the components the make up what is generally termed form.’



A Selection of Paintings from My Days in College

December 28, 2011

Next two from Illustration courses, in college. Acrylic:

My friend posed as Sargent’s Mrs. George Swinton. Acrylic.

Having arrived late for Kazu Sano’s popular figure painting class, the only open space available was behind the model. Due to lighting conditions, it was hard to see much–apart from her illuminated ear.  Acrylic:

Cityscape in gouache:


A Selection of Drawings from My Days in College

November 27, 2011


College figure drawings, Ebony pencil on bond paper:

Clay / Charcoal on Newsprint:

Charcoal on Newsprint:

The rest were one minute or less gesture drawings. Charcoal on Newsprint: