Monday, February 17, 2014

Brett, 16x24 Charcoal Drawing by Carmen Beecher


Once a month I participate in the Stephen Perkins workshop at the Artists' Guild in Melbourne, Florida. I need to do life drawing at least weekly, but I just can't squeeze it into my schedule. I need to do better, because it is available both at the Guild and at Ralph's Art Supply in Eau Gallie. If you can draw people, you can draw anything. I should spend a year of my life drawing and painting people from life. Yep, that's what I should do. The wonderful artist Karin Jurick painted 200 mug shots, and that body of work was really impressive. The colors, the brushwork, the expressions--every time I saw one I wondered what the person's story was. She captured defiance, sadness, hopelessness and other raw emotions with her very expressive paintbrush.

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