Drawing with My Eyes Closed

Recently I decided to practice creating some quick sketches.  I was taking  5 to 10 minutes on each full bodied sketch.  It was going well – I did 10 of them.   Then the thought popped into my mind  to attempt a sketch with my eyes closed. I  envisioned an action – a figure pose. I closed my eyes and visualized it. Then without lifting my stylus from the tablet I quickly sketched the pose. It worked and I laughed out loud at the result.  I tried another and another. I loved  them. The fact is, I love to create images which make me laugh and these certainly did the trick.

I thought you would enjoy seeing these quick sketches.

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Winifred Creating Triangles in Composition

A couple of days ago I posted some new paintings on facebook.  My take on the “Three Graces” which I will share with you in several variations, including the reference image.

In addition to enjoying them, a artist friend Cyndi Hornsby noticed that there were so many triangles contained within the composition “8 or 9 at least” she said.  I certainly found the forms very pleasing but had honestly not paid attention to the triangles.  And then I did. WOW!!

I went to internet and picked up a few quotes which I think aptly apply.

Triangular Composition


  • The triangle is used as a tool in composition to indicate the important elements in a work of art. The artist will create the primary subject inside the boundaries of a large imaginary triangle. The viewer will intuitively be drawn into the important elements of the picture through the use of triangular composition. There may be smaller triangular compositions that complement the main subject. There are no rules as to the size or placement of the triangular composition.
  • Simple geometric shapes within a painting or photograph can help strengthen the composition. A triangle is one of the strongest compositional shapes, as it can add a sense of visual unity. In essence, a triangle is a closed curve incorporating at least one diagonal. Since the curve is closed, it won’t lead the eye outside of the frame. A single triangle in in the middle of the frame can lead to a somewhat static composition, but triangular composition can be found in many famous works of art.

  • The shape of a triangle is made up of two diagonal lines that are anchored on a horizontal line. In a painting or photograph, a triangle will guide our eye to the triangle’s three separate points. The image or figure at the peak of the triangle will appear to superior to other images; if the triangle is reversed, the figure at the bottom will appear inferior. A triangular composition can help make an image more coherent and the form appear more dynamic.


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Almost One to One Online Digital Painting Training

Personalized Digital Painting Workshop  – a training process which works quickly and effectively to get you painting, portrait or fine art, from a photo or from imagination.

I am throughly enjoying training students to begin or to enhance there ability to paint  digitally – “Almost One to One”. I find that students feel comfortable to ask questions without embarrassment and to pursue  knowledge from “just where they are” in this very private and personal workshop environment.

Training and attention is very specific to your individual needs. I work with not more more than 3 students at a time and at times ” one to one” – privately.  I am currently working with an interesting lady in Pennsylvania. She has been a traditional painter for 20 years or so and has even written and published a book on traditional painting. She is not a photographer, which is the path of so many into digital painting. She wanted to expand her capacity to include digital painting. She searched the internet and decided that my training approach and my painting style was what she was looking for.

She purchased the 30 hour training package. She does not own Photoshop, had not yet installed Painter on her computer is a bit uncertain about her computer skills in general.  We got her all set up with Painter 12 and its updates. She purchased her Intuos 5 and we were ready to begin our GotoMeeting sessions.

Our first session was 3.5 hours.   I believe that working in short sessions prevents burnout when consuming lots of new technical information while at the same time allows sufficient time to synthesize it.   I gave her several  assignment after her first session.  We would not be able to meet for another full week, because of her schedule – which is unusual. Normally we meet 2 to 3 times per week. I decided I wanted to reconnect with her later, the evening of  her first training day after she had time to work on her assignment. I wanted to make sure she understood enough to do her assignments in order not to have unanswered questions for a full week. To my delight, she had completed her first assignment which included, painting using different paper textures, using patterns, using a variety of brush stokes and working on layers. WOW!! She was proud and so was I.

We can schedule sessions to fit your schedule.  Please call me at 360.779.1375 for additional information. Also visit my STORE for workshop options and prices.   New workshops are scheduled nearly every month.

 

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